Red Cedar Men’s Fastpitch League going strong

Written by Bob on July 1st, 2013

By RONN KOPP / Wisconsin Fastpitch
NAFA Vice President

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto taken in 2005, and prior to a game where Lyle Lieffring would face 13-year old Sam Hall. Hall (now 20) recently pitched in the NAFA 23-under World Series for Ramsey Financial of Bowen, Illinois and garnered all-tournament honors. Hall is now primarily an outfielder on my Orangemen team and happened to be playing on an adjoining diamond when Lieffring made his return (on June 16). As often as he could, Hall would jog on over to the other diamond to watch his hero in action. Photo courtesy of Ronn Kopp

RICE LAKE, WISC – 77-year-old Lyle Lieffring returned to the Red Cedar Men’s Fastpitch League pitcher’s circle for the first time since June 16, 2010 and his return was a successful one as his Shaun Carr Agency/Tobaggon Run Dental Oredockers downed GB Sales/Independent Sanitation and Recycling 16-2. The games was 1 of 3 interdivisional matchups, the final round of such games on the 2013 schedule.

Leiffring limited his opponents to two hits, singles by Brandon Christian and Travis Larson, and a lone walk in hurling the win and also batted three times collecting a walk, suffering a strike out, and hitting into a fielder’s choice.

The Oredockers offense was led by Charlie Crisler with two hits in as many official at bats, including a double. Shaun Carr added a home run and double in three trips, Brian Sandstrom a triple and double in three times at the plate, and Rich Weber a first inning double.

Losing pitcher was Dustin Holub, who had to give way to reliever Bryan Nelson in the third inning when struck on the knee cap by a wicked line drive.


“Dale Crisler, manager of the local Oredockers since 1980, still plays on occasion himself,” said Ronn Kopp. “On two ocurrences earlier this season his was his team’s ninth player so he “laced ‘um up” and played one full game in right-field and another at second base. He had no hits but for the most part moved the ball. Crisler was manager of Team USA Junior Men in the 1985 Junior Olympics at Fargo. The US team was silver medalist, losing two games the final night to gold medalist New Zealand, a squad that featured, among others, Mark Sorenson (ISC and ISF Hall of Fame member) and Jimmy Seamans (great New Zealand pitcher who pitched for several top U.S. men’s clubs).”

Spare Time Bowl/Becker’s Trucking pulled away in the latter innings to post a 10-3 triumph over Larson Collision. Tatum Candler went all the way for the pitching win, while Herb Blaisdell, who had relief help from Jason Hoff, took the loss.

Candler and battery mate Tom Moon each had a double and pair of singles in five at bats for the winners. Dan and Kent Thill each were 2-for-4 with one of Kent’s hits going for two bases. Aaron Koening added a fourth inning double. Trevor Dysland and Keil Gowin each doubled for Larson’s.

In a rain-shortened game, RCL Orangemen outscored Rice Lake Weighing Systems 6-5, with an Orangemen sixth inning tally negated when the bottom of that inning could not be played. Zach Storborg, who gave way to Brandon Manecke in the fifth inning, got the pitching win while the loss went to Morgan Loew.

Manecke homered and Storborg doubled to lead the Orangemen at the plate. Dave Postle, Justin Randall, Austin Carr, and Justin Kittleson all collected hits for Weighing Systems. The Jaybirds was awarded a forfeit victory over Twin Pines Taxidermy.

Teams return to action July 10 and 11 with remaining games all within divisions.

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