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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

    10th Annual Preston, Minnesota Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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    PRESTON, Minn. – The men’s fastpitch season is fast approaching in Minnesota and once again a popular tournament will return: the Preston Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

    This year the 10th annual event will be held July 26-27 and include teams classified as ASA B, C and D. It will include 14 teams and be played under a double-elimination format.

    Preston is located in southeastern Minnesota, about 40 miles from Rochester.

    The tournament directors include the Scheevel family, Lynn and Barb and their sons Ryan and Brett. Along with a dedicated tournament crew that makes certain this event runs smoothly and professionally.

    To enter now or gather more information, call 507-765-4948 or email scheevel77@gmail.com.

    More information will be forthcoming soon, but for an overview of past Preston tournaments, visit: Preston Merchants Men’s Fast Pitch

    Odin knocks off defending champs to claim Minnesota state fastpitch title

    Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

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    NORTH MANKATO, MN – In its illustrious 59 year history the Odin men’s fastpitch softball team has won two Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Class A state championships in 1978 and 1982.

    Well, you can add another trophy to the trophy case.

    On Sunday, August 9, Odin defeated Jordan Realty of West St. Paul, 3-1, to claim the ASA Class B State Championship at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

    “This feels great,” said Odin pitcher, Justin Davis, who garnered Most Valuable Player honors by picking up all four of Odin’s wins.

    “We played great defense and got the clutch hits when we needed them. I’m not a strike out pitcher and I get a lot of ground balls with my drop ball. The infield gobbled up everything.”

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