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Ten teams to compete in 35th Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Rice Lake Orangemen pitcher Bryan Lathrop in action during the 2010 North American Fastpitch Association (NAFA) World Series.

Wisconsin Fastpitch

RICE LAKE, WIS – Defending champion Wilber Lime of Galesville headlines the roster of ten teams for the 35th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 14-16, once again in conjunction with the city’s annual Aquafest celebration.

Wilber has captured the tourney title a total of seven times.

Five other Wisconsin squads and four from Minnesota complete the 2013 field.
Wisconsin entries include the Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 34 previous events, along with the La Crosse Athletics, Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing, and the Gators of Farmington.

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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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