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12th Annual Dugout Fastpitch Tournament

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015


CUSHING, Wisc. – Mark your calendar and plan to enter your team in the Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin
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Peter Kelly family needs the fastpitch community’s support

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

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St. Croix Falls, Wisc. – Please visit gofundme to help Christie Kelly and her five children cope with the devastating loss of her husband Peter, who died tragically from a reported first-degree reckless homicide, Tuesday, while fishing.

One dead after St. Croix River anglers argue; three sought

Go Fund Me has a goal of reaching $100,000. Help the family make it happen by contributing what you can.

Plan For Dugout Memorial Weekend Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014


CUSHING, Wisc. – For 10 years the small town of Cushing, located in northwest Wisconsin and bordering Minnesota, has hosted a men’s fastpitch tournament. And every year it appears to get better and more popular.

The tournament will return once again in 2014 through the efforts of the Dugout Men’s Fastpitch team and tournament directors Steve Loney and Les Dietmeier. The men hope to expand the tournament just a bit.

“We are getting ready to host The 11th annual Dugout Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25 with the 26th a possible added day) Tournament,” Dietmeier said through email. “This year we are looking to add a few new teams coming from St Paul, Minnesota.”

St. Paul is located about 60 miles south of Cushing and is one of the remaining enclaves in Minnesota where the sport has retained some of its popularity.

The travel appears to be an easy commute for fastpitch players and fans from the Twin Cities area.

When: May 23, 24, 25 and possibly the 26th
Where: Cushing, Wisc.
Entry Fee: $225 (game balls furnished)
Additional Details: Concession and beer stand at the ball park (no carry on coolers allowed), and camping available

Contact Information:

Steve Lonney at 715-483-3057; stevesvideoproduction@yahoo.com
Les Dietmeier at 715-483-3749; idietmeier@yahool.com

California downs Wisconsin to win ASA national championship

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

NO. MANKATO, MN – East Bay of California slugged its way to the ASA Men’s Class C West National Championship with a 14-0 bashing of Dugout of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin on Sunday in the 17-team tournament held Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

In route to the title, East Bay outscored its opponents 46-9 in winning five straight games. They defeated RFG (MN), 9-5, Young’s (SD), 6-0, Gamecocks (MN), 10-3, Crowbar’s (SD), 7-1, and Dugout, 14-0.

Meanwhile, Dugout won its first two games then suffered a close 5-4 loss to Crowbar (SD). That sent them into the losers bracket where they began a five-game winning streak by downing Scarlett’s (SD), 9-2, PUB 500 (MN), 3-0, Gamecocks (MN), 3-2, and Grumpy’s (IA), 5-2.

That set Dugout up for a rematch with Crowbar in the losers bracket final, and this time they came out on top, 8-5, for the right to meet East Bay in the championship.


1. East Bay 5-0
2. Dugout 7-2
3. Crowbar 3-2
4. Grumpies 3-2

To see the finished bracket, visit Caswell Park, 2012 ASA Fastpitch Men’s Nationals

ASA Fastpitch Men’s Class C West

No. Mankato’s Caswell Park hosting ASA men’s national championships

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Thirty men’s fastpitch softball teams will converge on Caswell Park in North Mankato, Minnesota and battle for an Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Class A and Class C national championship. Collage by BOB OTTO

NORTH MANKATO, MN – The City of North Mankato is hosting the 2012 Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Men’s West National Championships in Class A and C, Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, at Caswell Park, home of many ASA national championships.

The Class C field of 17 teams begins play on Friday at 9 a.m. with Dugout of St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin taking on Minnesota Computers of Golden Valley. The championship is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. If a second championship game is necessary in the double-elimination format, it will begin at 6 p.m.

The Class A field includes 13 teams. Play begins Saturday at 8 a.m. with Wilber Lime of Galesville, Wisc. tangling with Schumacher Goodyear of West Fargo, North Dakota. The double-elimination tournament will conclude with the championship on Sunday. Game time 4 p.m., with an “if necessary” game scheduled for 6.

For more information, visit the tournament’s official website: 2012 ASA Fast Pitch Men’s Class A & C West Nationals

Also visit ASA Softball

The Olson’s carry on family fastpitch tradition

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The Grantsburg Lumber team of Grantsburg, Wisc. consisted of the eight Olson brothers, and this photo taken in the early 1970s was after they won a men’s fastpitch tournament; possibly in Stillwater, Minn. Front row from left, Jim Olson, Marvin Olson, Rich Olson and Dean Tyberg. Second row from left, Bob Gustafson (cousin), Mike Herrick, Jerry Olson, Donnie Olson, Chris Olson and Darrell Olson. Photo, courtesy of Troy Olson.

CUSHING, WI – In Cushing and Grantsburg, Wisconsin, and into Minnesota, when softball fans fan the flames of “remember when,” the Olson name frequently pops up.

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Dugout Fastpitch hosting Memorial Day Weekend Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Looking for a great tournament over Memorial Day weekend? Looking for some fastpitch fun in northwestern Wisconsin? Then enter the Dugout Fastpitch Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2010 NAFA World Series

CUSHING, WI – For over 20 years, the small Wisconsin town of Cushing has hosted a men’s fastpitch softball tournament on Memorial Day weekend. And for the past nine years, the Dugout Men’s Fastpitch team has hosted the event.

And this year, Les Dietmeier of the Dugout team wants to make the event even bigger and better.

“Last year’s tourney was attended by 10 teams,” he said. “We had one team from Duluth (Minn.) and one from Rice Lake (Wisc.). We are trying to get this tourney back to where it was in the good old days when every team wanted in, and it ran for four days.”

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