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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.

39th Annual Rice Lake Invitational final results

Friday, June 16th, 2017

By RONN KOPP
Tournament Committee
NAFA President
Wisconsin NAFA

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – After surviving an opening round scare from the upset-minded Cushing Tigers by the score of 4-3, Odin Fastpitch of the southwestern Minnesota town of Odin, Minnesota, population 106, racked up two more wins to claim the title of the rain-shortened 39th edition of the Aquafest Men’s Fastpitch Invitational Tournament held at Tate Park in Rice Lake June 9-11.

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Rice Lake, Wisc. Men’s Fastpitch Tournament Bracket

Friday, June 9th, 2017

RICE LAKE, Wisc. – The nine teams are poised at the starting line and at 8 Friday night the host Rice Lake Orangemen will square off with Strikers Lane of Baldwin to kick off the 39th Annual Rice Lake Men’s Invitational Fastpitch Tournament at Tate Park.

THE BRACKET


Bracket Courtesy of Jess Chevrette

Minnesota Sports Federation Class B Men’s State Tournament Final Results

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. – The latest results from the Class B Minnesota Sports Federation Men’s Fastpitch State Tournament finds undefeated Ostrander awaiting the winner of the loser’s bracket final, featuring Odin Fastpitch meeting the winner between Axle Grill and Minnesota Computers.

  • UPDATE: Ostrander has won the state tournament, beating Odin 17-5 in the final.
  • Scores Leading Up To The Championship
    Ostrander 7, Gamecocks of St. Charles 4
    Ostrander 10, SME Threshers, Fargo, ND 1
    Ostrander 6, Hennager Plumbing, Lake Crystal 3
    Ostrander 8, Odin Fastpitch 4 (winner’s bracket final)

    For more information about the Minnesota Sports Federation, contact Executive Director Perry Coonce.
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    Explosive Fargo Bombers Take Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016

    BombersMVPsMeshke.3lr Jace Holm, left, was selected the Most Valuable Player and Brent Meshke was named to the All-Tournament team for helping the Fargo Bombers win the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 9-10. Photo 2015 NAFA World Series / By Sheryl Meshke, Lake Crystal, Minn.

    Courtesy of Mike Groch / Rice Lake Orangemen

    WATERTOWN, Minn. – The Fargo Bombers went 6-0 to claim the Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. The Bombers defeated Minnesota Computers, Rice Lake Orangemen and Lens Auto in pool play Saturday. Then on Sunday in the single elimination playoffs, Fargo beat Dawson, Rice Lake and Odin to claim the championship.

      THE MVP
  • Most Valuable Player, Jace Holm, Fargo Bombers
    • ALL-TOURNEY
  • Brian Waldvogel, Minnesota Computers
  • Joe Ganther, Len’s Auto
  • Nick Leach, Len’s Auto
  • John Hohenstein, Odin, Minn.
  • Brent Meshke, Odin, Minn.
  • Dan Gallagher, PBI
  • Jerry Ball, PBI
  • Mike Groch, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Bryce Ducharme, Rice Lake, Wisc.
  • Brent Rohlik, RFG
  • Chad Feikema, RFG
  • Justin Jager, Dawson
  • Great weekend and hats off to the staff at the Hollywood Sports Complex for putting on a great tournament atmosphere and dealing with the puddles of water on the fields Sunday. Saturday was perfect but the fields got poured on saturday night and sunday morning.

    Mike Groch
    White Glove Cleaning
    651-768-0020
    www.wgcleaning.com

    Hollywood Sports Complex Hosting Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016

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    WATERTOWN, Minn. – Eight teams will battle it out for the championship of the popular Hollywood Sports Complex Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, July 9-10, in Watertown, Minnesota. Saturday features round robin play, with a single elimination playoff on Sunday.

    The Teams

  • Odin Fastpitch
  • Fargo, ND
  • Minnesota Computers
  • Len’s Automotive
  • Rice Lake Orangemen
  • PBI
  • Dawson
  • RFG
  • Hollywood Sports Complex is located about 40 miles west of Minneapolis. Click for Directions

    For more information, visit the Hollywood Sports Complex website.

    Tournament Schedule

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    12 TEAMS TO COMPETE IN 38th RICE LAKE AQUAFEST INVITATIONAL MEN’S FASTPITCH TOURNAMENT

    Saturday, June 11th, 2016

    rice.lake.8web Men’s fastpitch action takes place at the 38th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, June 10-12, in Rice Lake, Wisc. Photo By BOB OTTO

    By RONN KOPP / NAFA President

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Eight teams from Wisconsin and four from Minnesota make up the roster of teams for the 38th Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament to be held June 10-12, once again as part of the city’s Aquafest celebration.

    Defending champion Tin Cup of St. Paul returns as does last year’s runner-up Ostrander Images of Ostrander, Minnesota. Len’s Automotive of St. Paul is once again in the tourney field while Odin Fastpitch of Odin, Minnesota makes its initial Aquafest Tournament appearance.

    The Rice Lake Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 37 previous events, will once again serve as host team.

    Other Wisconsin entries include Saw Dust City of Eau Claire, Animal House La Crosse, Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin, C.J.’s Bar-Pleasantville Lions of the Whitehall-Pleasantville area, Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing, Ben’s Northern Bar of Luck, and 2015 NAFA class A national runner-up Meister’s Dairy of Muscoda.

    Play begins Friday evening at Rice Lake’s Tate Park with games at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m. and continues all day Saturday with opening games at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m. The event concludes early Sunday evening.

    Ronn Kopp
    ronnkopp@charter.net

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

    Saturday, July 18th, 2015

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    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

    Preston Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Monday, July 22nd, 2013

    PRESTON, Minn. – Southeastern Minnesota continues its excellence in men’s fastpitch with the hosting of the Ninth Annual Preston Men’s Fastpitch Tournament by the Preston Merchants.

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