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Lake Crystal Hennager Plumbing and Heating takes MSF Men’s Class B State Championship

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015
Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn. is the 2015 Minnesota Sports Federation Men's Class B State Champions. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn. is the 2015 Minnesota Sports Federation Men’s Class B State Champions. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

Front row, from left: Eric Hood, Lake Crystal; Spencer Yackel, Brooklyn Center; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Jason Cook, Minneapolis; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Seth Anderson, New Prague; David DeWitz, Good Thunder; and Robert Peterson, Pipestone. Back row, from left: Joe Reinhart, Winsted; Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D.; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; Rick Saunders, Waconia; Michael Lewis, Amboy; assistant coach Jeff Hohenstein, Garden City; coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal; and sponsor Steve Hennager.

By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the 2015 Class B Men’s Fastpitch State Champion. The team posted a 4-0 record at Caswell Park, North Mankato, Minn.

The “Plumbers” won the opening round in five innings, defeating Beaver Creek, Minn., 8-0. Winning pitcher was Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, striking out six. At the plate, Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal, was three for three. Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal, and Michael Lewis, Amboy, were two for three. Brent Meshke inked a home run.

MESHKE AND LEWIS STRONG PITCHING DUO
In the second game, Hennager defeated Jonny’s of St. Charles, Minn., 4-3. Brent Meshke completed the first three innings in the circle, with three strikeouts. Lewis finished the game, striking out three. Swinging hot bats with two hits each, were Dalton; Lewis; and Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal. Both Lewis and Brent Meshke knocked home runs.

The Plumbers faced Odin, Minn., the longtime rival, in the semi-final game. At the top of the seventh, the Hennager men were behind 1-4. Leadoff batter Spencer Yackel, Brooklyn Center, drew a walk. Pitcher Lewis then hit a home run to tighten the score, 3-4. The next batter — Brent Meshke — followed with a solo home run to tie the game. After 10 innings, the Plumbers won 7-4.

Lewis pitched the entire game, striking out 10 batters. Racking up multiple hits in the contest was: Dalton; Schroeder; and Rick Saunders, Waconia.

Brent Meshke delivers a pitch in the MSF Class B State Championship game for Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

Brent Meshke delivers a pitch in the MSF Class B State Championship game for Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL DOERING MESHKE

PLUMBERS TAKE STATE CROWN
The Hennager team then advanced to the championship game, defeating Jordan Realty, Jordan, Minn., 9-0 in six innings. Brent Meshke took the win in the circle, striking out four batters and giving up one hit. Batters chalking up two hits each, included: Dalton, Yackel and Derek Meshke, Brookings, S.D. Brent Meshke added a solo home run.

This is the first men’s state championship for the Hennager team. After securing a second-place finish in the Class C tournament in 2014, and third in 2013, the team was classified as a Class B team.

Stats of interest:
• Brent Meshke pitched 14 innings, striking out 13 and giving up three runs. Michael Lewis pitched 14 innings, striking out 13 and giving up four runs.
• Jake Dalton was 9 for 13; Spencer Yackel, 4 for 8; Schroeder was 6 for 14; Lewis 6 for 14, with two home runs; and Brent Meshke logged four home runs.

Perry Coonce, State Commissioner
perry@msf1.org

Steve Ketter, Assistant State Commissioner
steve@msf1.org
Ph: 952-405-6936

Minnesota Sports Federation Men’s Class B State Fastpitch Tournament

Monday, July 27th, 2015

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – Eight of Minnesota’s top men’s fastpitch softball teams head to North Mankato, Aug. 1-2, for the Minnesota Sports Federation (MSF) Men’s Class B State Fastpitch Tournamnet at Caswell Park.

Courtesy of Richard Quigley / MINNESOTA COMPUTERS MEN’S FASTPITCH SOFTBALL

The double-elimination tournament opens Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and finishes Sunday with the championship game scheduled for 2 p.m. See tournament schedule: 2015_MFP_B

THE TOURNAMENT FIELD

  • Ostrander, West St. Paul
  • Crow Bar, Sioux Falls
  • Len’s Automotive /Krestrel, West St. Paul
  • Odin, Mankato
  • Jordan Realty, West St. Paul
  • Jonny’s Saloon, St. Charles
  • Beaver Creek, Border League
  • Hennager Plumbing and Heating, Lake Crystal
  • CONTACT INFORMATION
    Perry Coonce, MSF State Commissioner
    perry@msf1.org

    Steve Ketter, MSF Assistant State Commissioner
    steve@msf1.org
    Ph: 952-405-6936

    Wayne Ball’s 45th Annual West St. Paul Tournament features strong teams

    Saturday, July 18th, 2015

    WestStPaulTourney.1lr West St. Paul tournament bracket.

    WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 45th Annual West St. Paul Men’s Fastpitch Tournament got underway Friday night, July 17 and finishes Sunday afternoon with the championship scheduled for 4:30 p.m. If a second game is needed to decide a champion in the double-elimination format, the game will begin shortly after.

    The 12-team field includes several top Midwest teams.

    (1) Gallaghers (2) Len’s Auto (3) Kegel Black Nights (4) The Bar (5) Tin Cup (6) Odin Fastpitch (7) Sizzler (8) Ostrander Fastpitch (9) Rice Lake Orangemen (10) Jordan Realty (11) Circle Tap (12) Sawdust City

    Under the direction of Wayne Ball, the tournament is being held at the West St. Paul Sports Complex.

    See Wayne Ball feature story written in 2012: Ball family supports Dad’s goal in West St. Paul Tournament

    West St. Paul men’s fastpitch league thriving in Minnesota

    Monday, July 30th, 2012


    An overview of the West St. Paul Sports Center where 12 men’s teams are still able to play fastpitch softball.

    WEST ST. PAUL, MN – Give us a place to play during the week.

    That’s a plea that many men’s fastpitch players and teams champion throughout the U.S. But finding a city league that offers weeknight games has become difficult throughout the U.S. as the men’s game has fallen off over the past two decades.

    But not so in West St. Paul.

    The city that borders the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis has offered a city league, well, as long as any of the current crop of players can remember. And this year is no exception.

    The West St. Paul League has 12 teams competing – from the “A” classified Minnesota Angels (ISC and ASA Major team) to several “B” and “C” ranked teams.

    During the course of the season, which runs from April to August, the teams crossover and play each other.

    Scott Emerson plays for the Blvd team, a C-team managed by Mike Fink. He’s a Wisconsin native who has played in his share of leagues. He likes what West St. Paul has to offer.

    “The WSP is a 12 team league that is split up into two divisions,” he said. “There’s six B and higher teams and six C teams. I have played in Wisconsin and Minnesota and I would say this is the most competitive league I have played in. All of the teams are tough.”

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    Kevin Kammueller, a NAFA Hall of Famer and 20-year anniversary star

    Friday, July 20th, 2012


    Minnesotan, Kevin Kammueller will be inducted into the NAFA Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies at the 2012 NAFA World Series in Topeka, Kansas. He was also honored as one of NAFA’s top ball players in the organizations 20-year existance (1993-2012). Photo By BOB OTTO

    “I think Kevin’s love for this game outweighs everything else about him.” – Cal-State Builders sponsor and manager Dave Carlton.

    SHAKOPEE, MN – Like many pitchers in the fastpitch game, Kevin Kammueller took a roundabout way before he found his way into the pitching circle. The big right-hander caught some, and he split time in the outfield and infield.

    He admits that he won’t be remembered as one of the sport’s greatest hitters or fielders. But pitching, now that’s an entirely different matter. Kammueller has developed into one of the greatest in the history of the North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA).

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