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Hennager fastpitch softball team is Minnesota state champions

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2017 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. Members include, back row, from left: Coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal; Derek Meshke, Volga, S.D.; Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D.; Dan Pawelk, Northfield, Minn.; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; and Robert Petersen, Pipestone, Minn. Front row, from left, is: Chris Bambeneck, Minneapolis; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Spencer Yackel, Rochester, Minn.; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Blaid Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; and Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal. Photo By Sheryl Doering Meshke

LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2017 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. The team posted a 4-0 record this weekend at Sand Creek Fields, Coon Rapids, Minn.

The “Plumbers” won the opening round, 8-7, defeating Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, Wis. Jace Holm, Fargo, N.D., secured the win, relieving Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, in the third inning. Holm struck out nine batters and, at the plate, hit a three-run homerun. Meshke was 2-3 at the plate.

Next up was the Odin, Minn., fastpitch team. In a heated battle with a longtime rival, the Plumbers won 4-3. Holm started the game and pitched until the third inning. With the game tied 3-3, Meshke was called to the circle and earned the win.

Collecting two hits each were Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Holm; and Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal. Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal, hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. Defensive plays by Schroeder and Blaid Friedrichs, Lake Crystal, in the bottom of the seventh inning, were key to the victory.

In game three of the championship run, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers of West St. Paul, 1-0. Meshke got the win on the mound, striking out five and giving up two hits. Dalton collected two hits in the contest.

In the championship game, the Plumbers defeated Minnesota Computers, 3-2, who worked their way through the losers’ bracket. Meshke took the win with two strikeouts, giving up five hits. Schroeder was 2-3 at the plate; and Holm had a two-run homerun.

This is the second time in three years that the Plumbers have earned the state title. The team will now travel to Fargo for the North American Fastpitch Assoc. (NAFA) AA World Series, Aug. 18-20. In the opening game, the team will face ECL Bronx of New York.

NAFA World Series is showcase for men’s softball

Saturday, August 13th, 2016

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By Shane Frederick sfrederick@mankatofreepress.com

MANKATO, Minn. – As mayor of Mankato, Eric Anderson is happy to have the North American Fastpitch Association World Series back in the area.

As a softball player, however, he’s thrilled.

“The thing I personally like is it gives people a chance to come up here and see the game played,” Anderson said before taking the field for the Pub 500 team’s second game of the tournament Friday afternoon. “There’s an added benefit that a lot of people have come here and are staying in the area, but as the (men’s) game shows signs of dying out, people can come out and see some good fastpitch softball.”

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Hennager fastpitch team of Lake Crystal, Minnesota is state runner-up

Monday, August 11th, 2014
The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn.: front row, from left: Dan Pawlek, Northfield; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Eric Hood, Lake Crystal; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Devon Hagge, Lake Crystal; Dave DeWitz, Good Thunder; Seth Anderson, Minnesota Lake; back frow, from left: Robert Peterson, Pipestone; Derek Meshke, Lake Crystal; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; Matt Peterson, Lake Crystal; Josh Sonnabend, Willmar; Aaron Lynch, Winsted; assistant coach Jeff Hohenstein, Garden City; and coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL MESHKE

The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn.: front row, from left: Dan Pawlek, Northfield; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Eric Hood, Lake Crystal; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Devon Hagge, Lake Crystal; Dave DeWitz, Good Thunder; Seth Anderson, Minnesota Lake; back frow, from left: Robert Peterson, Pipestone; Derek Meshke, Lake Crystal; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; Matt Peterson, Lake Crystal; Josh Sonnabend, Willmar; Aaron Lynch, Winsted; assistant coach Jeff Hohenstein, Garden City; and coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL MESHKE

By SHERYL MESHKE / LAKE CRYSTAL

LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the Minnesota Men’s Class C Fastpitch Tournament Runners-Up. The team secured the second-place finish with six wins and two losses this weekend at Caswell Park, North Mankato, Minn.

The team lost to Len’s Auto of West St. Paul, Minn., 5-6, in the championship game. Taking the circle for the fifth game of the day, Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, gave up six hits, walked one and struck out four.

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