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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.

Minnesota Sports Federation 2016 Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The next two weeks will decide championships in three classes of the Minnesota Sports Federation (MSF) Men’s Fastpitch North American Championship at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

The Class B (13 teams) and Class D (9 teams) tournaments are being held July 30-31, while the Class C (19 teams) tournament takes place Aug. 5-7. The Minnesota Sports Federation is the leading supporter of men’s fastpitch in the state and annually offers post-season championships.

State Commissioner Perry Coonce and Assistant State Commissioner Dan Bradley have long supported men’s fastpitch. To learn more, visit the MSP website.


MSF Class B
MSF Class C
MSF Class D

  • A special thanks to Richard Quigley, manager and sponsor of Minnesota Computers for providing this information. Minnesota Computers is competing in the Class B tournament and opened the tournament Saturday morning.
  • Long Lost Milltown, Wisconsin Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Undergoes A Revival

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
    Men's fastpitch tournaments are held In Canada, Mexico and throughout much of the United States, including once again in Milltown, Wisconsin after a 26 year absence. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Men’s fastpitch tournaments are held In Canada, Mexico and throughout much of the United States, including once again in Milltown, Wisconsin after a 26 year absence. Photo By BOB OTTO

    MILLTOWN, Wisc. – When Cullen Hanson was six years old the Milltown men’s fastpitch tournament folded. That was 26 years a go. Hanson thought about that long drought and he began wondering: could the tournament be revived?

    If he had asked skeptics, they’d have fed him the standard fare – “it’s too late, men’s fastpitch has one foot in the grave and it’s gasping for air. Don’t waste your time trying.”

    But that kind of ‘stinkin-thinkin’ isn’t in 32-year-old Hanson’s fastpitch makeup. After all, his dad Scott Hanson played, his uncles played, and he grew to love the game as much as they did.

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    2014 NAFA World Series magazine sent to the publisher

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

    Cover of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

    Cover of 2014 NAFA World Series magazine

    YUCAIPA, Calif. – I’ve sent my magazine entitled, 2014 NAFA World Series, to the publisher, but waiting for a hard copy to finish the final edit before releasing for purchase.

    The magazine’s 112 pages contain dozens of photos, championship game stories and results (AA-Major, AA, A-Major, A, 23-Under, Wood Bat, and Masters East and West), feature stories, NAFA Hall of Fame stories, and a look at past World Series feats & stats of some of the games biggest stars.

    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