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Hennager men’s fastpitch softball team repeats as Minnesota state champs

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Men’s Fastpitch Softball Team repeated as Minnesota Class A Men’s  Fastpitch State Softball Champions, going 4-0 in last weekend’s tournament in Blaine, Minn. Team members include, front row, from left: Chris Bambenek, Minneapolis; Tyler Eickhoff, Fountain; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Spencer Yackel, Rochester; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; and David Dewitz, Good Thunder. Back from, from left, is: Coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal; Brett Scheevel, Rochester; Ryan Scheevel, Rochester; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D.; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; and Robert Petersen, Pipestone. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

Walk-off home run wins repeat title for Lake Crystal ball club

By Sheryl Doering Meshke
Reporter / Photographer
Aug. 5, 2018

BLAINE, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Men’s Fastpitch Softball Team repeated as Minnesota Sports Federation Class A Men’s Fastpitch State Champions, going 4-0 this weekend at Aquatore Park in Blaine, Minn.

As defending champs, the Hennager team — “Plumbers” — received a first-round bye. In the opening game, the hometown team defeated the Bombers of Fargo, N.D., 6-2. Brent Meshke of Lake Crystal, Minn., took the win, with five strikeouts. Collecting base hits were Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal, and Robert Petersen, Pipestone, Minn. Brent Meshke added a solo homer.

Brent Meshke helped Hennager Plumbing and Heating of Lake Crystal win the 2018 Minnesota Men’s Class A State Fastpitch Championship, Aug. 5 in Blaine, Minn. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

Facing the St. Paul Pawns of St. Paul, Minn., the Hennager men won in a slugfest, 15-9. Brent Meshke and Ryan Scheevel, Rochester, Minn., shared duties on the mound. Collecting multiple hits for the Plumbers were Dalton; Brent Meshke; Petersen; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; and Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal. Petersen and Schroeder delivered home runs.

Following a sixth-inning home run to tie the championship game, Josh Schroeder receives accolades from team members Jake Dalton, center, and Brent Meshke. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

To reach the championship game, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers, St. Paul, 3-1, with Scheevel taking the win. He gave up six hits and struck out one. Dalton and Scheevel went two for four at the plate, with Scheevel securing a solo home run.

In the championship game, the Plumbers defeated Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Wis., 6-4. Brent Meshke started in the circle. In the top of the first inning, the Strikers scored three runs. The Plumbers answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Strikers scored again in the top of the fifth, to take a one-run lead.

Scheevel relieved Brent Meshke in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Schroeder hit a solo home run to tie the game, 4-4. With a final chance for the win in the bottom of the seventh inning, lead-off batter Dalton bunted for a single. Brent Meshke, in the third spot, hit a walk-off home run to win the title. Scheevel picked up the win.

As Brent Meshke rounds third base, coach Blake Meshke gives a high five for the walk-off home run to win the state men’s fastpitch softball championship. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

Ryan Scheevel of Rochester, Minn. fires a pitch during the 2018 Minnesota Class A Men’s State Fastpitch Softball Tournament. Scheevel picked up the win in the championship game in a 6-4 victory over Striker’s Lanes. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

10th Annual Preston, Minnesota Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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PRESTON, Minn. – The men’s fastpitch season is fast approaching in Minnesota and once again a popular tournament will return: the Preston Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

This year the 10th annual event will be held July 26-27 and include teams classified as ASA B, C and D. It will include 14 teams and be played under a double-elimination format.

Preston is located in southeastern Minnesota, about 40 miles from Rochester.

The tournament directors include the Scheevel family, Lynn and Barb and their sons Ryan and Brett. Along with a dedicated tournament crew that makes certain this event runs smoothly and professionally.

To enter now or gather more information, call 507-765-4948 or email scheevel77@gmail.com.

More information will be forthcoming soon, but for an overview of past Preston tournaments, visit: Preston Merchants Men’s Fast Pitch

9th Annual Preston Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

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Courtesy Preston Merchants Facebook

PRESTON, MINN – The 9th Annual Preston Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will be held on July 27-28 and hosted by the Preston Merchants Fast Pitch Team.

We know it’s pretty early for some of you to commit, but if you can just let us know of your intention to consider playing in our tournament, we will get you on our list. That way you’ll be sure to get more information when we send it out.

And if you know of a team that would be a good fit for our tournament, please feel free to pass on this invitation.

    TOURNAMENT BASICS:
  • When: July 27-28
  • Where: Preston, MN
  • Format: Double elimination
  • Class: ASA B, C, and D
  • No. of teams: 14
  • Entry fee: $225
    • TRAVELING EXPENSE (based on 14 entries)
  • 1st place – $500
  • 2nd place – $350
  • 3rd place – $200
  • 4th place – $100
  • Contact: Barb Scheevel at 507-765-4948; email scheevel77@gmail.com

    “Let us know as soon as you know if we can put your team in our bracket,” said Barb Scheevel, who directs the tournament along with husband Lynn and sons Ryan and Brett. “More tournament information will be sent out shortly. We are looking forward to seeing you at our tournament!”

    Be sure to visit the Preston Merchants Fastpitch Facebook page for more information and pictures from previous tournaments.

    Thank you,
    Lynn and Barb Scheevel, and Ryan Scheevel and Brett Scheevel
    and the Preston Tournament Crew
    scheevel77@gmail.com
    507-765-4948

    Eighth annual Preston (MN) Fastpitch Tournament

    Sunday, July 8th, 2012

    PRESTON, MN – Preston, Minnesota is located in the southeastern part of the state; about 36 miles southeast of Rochester. Preston is central to one of the remaining hotspots of men’s fastpitch left in Minnesota.

    The Scheevel family – Lynn and Barbara, and their sons Ryan and Brett – are an integral part of the Preston Merchants men’s fastpitch team, the 2010 Minnesota ASA Class C state champions. And they along with a host of dedicated volunteers, are doing their utmost in promoting the sport by hosting an annual tournament.

    Dubbed the Preston Fastpitch Tournament, the popular event is now in its eighth year.

    The tournament will be held July 28-29. If you’re in the area, plan on attending. Great fastpitch fun to be had for players, teams and fans alike.

    Minnesota state fastpitch notes:
    …the ASA state tournament for classes B, C and D will be held at Caswell Park in North Mankato. The B tournament will be held Aug. 4-5; and C and D, Aug. 10-12. See the Minnesota Sports Federation – National Softball Federation website for more information: MSF-NSF

    …also on the MSF-NSF website, you can find a listing of the state’s greatest fastpitch players, managers and sponsors who have been inducted into the MSF Hall of Fame. Direct link to Hall of Fame

    Preston (Minn) Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Sunday, April 29th, 2012

    Eighth Annual Preston Men’s Fastpitch Tournament
    July 28 & 29, 2012
    Preston, Minnesota

    14 Team Double-Elimination
    Classes B-C-D

    • $225 Entry fee. Checks should be made payable to: Preston Men’s Tournament

    • Final team entry deadline is July 16th. First 14 teams with entry fee paid are in tournament. *Tourney is expected to fill prior to entry deadline.

    • Balls will be provided.

    Traveling expenses (based on 14 entries):
    1st place — $500
    2nd place — $350
    3rd place — $ 200
    4th place — $ 100

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    Put 2012 Preston (Minn) Fastpitch Tournament on Your Schedule

    Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

    PRESTON, MN – We are starting to plan for this year’s Preston Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament and we would like to extend an invitation to your team. The 8th Annual Preston Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament will be held on July 28-29 this year.

    Let us know as soon as you know if we can put your team in our bracket.

    We know it’s pretty early for some of you to commit, but you can just let us know of your intention to consider playing in our tournament and we’ll get you on our list. That way you’ll be sure to get more information when we send it out.

    And if you know of a team that would be a good fit for our tournament, please feel free to pass on this invitation.

    More tournament information and pictures from previous tournaments are posted on the Preston Merchants Fast Pitch Facebook page. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you at our tournament!

    Lynn & Barb Scheevel, Ryan Scheevel, Brett Scheevel
    and the Preston Tournament Crew
    15547 County 15
    Preston, MN 55965
    scheevel77@gmail.com
    507-765-4948 home
    507-696-0646 cell

    Preston Facebook & Tournament Photos