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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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    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

    St. Paul Tin Cup Captures Championship of 37th Rice Lake Invitational

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
    Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul  to the championship of the 37th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men's Fastpitch Tournament and was selected to the all-tournament team. Photo By BOB OTTO /  2014 NAFA World Series

    Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup of St. Paul to the championship of the 37th Annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament and was selected to the all-tournament team. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    By Ronn Kopp / NAFA President
    ronnkopp@charter.net
    Wisconsin NAFA
    NAFA National Website

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – Riding the right arm of Joel Cooley and the hitting of Dave Marchio and Tyler Bouley, Tin Cup of St. Paul reeled off four consecutive victories and captured the championship of the 37th annual Rice Lake Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament held during Father’s Day weekend at Fred Tate Memorial Park. Six teams from Wisconsin and five from Minnesota comprised the field of teams for the event.

    The champs opened play by blanking last year’s third place finisher La Crosse Classic 8-0 and followed by whitewashing Dugout Bar and Grill of Cushing 7-0. A 4-3 10 inning win over fellow Gopher state entry Ostrander propelled the St. Paul squad to the championship contest.

    Tyler Bouley of Tin Cup belted a two-run homer to help the St. Paul team beat Ostrander, 4-3, in the title game. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    Tyler Bouley of Tin Cup belted a two-run homer to help the St. Paul team beat Ostrander, 4-3, in the title game. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2014 NAFA World Series

    A two-for-three hitting performance by Marchio and a two-run home run by Bouley powered Tin Cup to a second 4-3 triumph over Ostrander in the title game.

    Ostrander opened play by edging the defending champion Orangemen of the host city 2-1. They followed with respective 12-2 and 10-4 wins over Harley Davidson of Lewiston, Minnesota and Len’s Automotive of St. Paul.

    After falling to Tin Cup in the winner’s bracket final the southeastern Minnesota club outlasted Striker’s Lanes of Baldwin 10-9 to earn their spot in the championship showdown.

    Striker’s Lanes claimed third place honors and Dugout Bar and Grill finished fourth. Also taking part in the tourney were Wisconsin entries Sawdust City of Eau Claire and Highway 53 Bar of Whitehall along with Minnesota Computers of St. Paul.

    ORDER OF FINISH

    1. Tin Cup, St. Paul MN 4-0
    2. Ostrander, Ostrander MN 4-2
    3. Striker’s Lanes, Baldwin WI 6-2
    4. Dugout Bar and Grill, Cushing WI 2-2
    5. Minnesota Computers, St. Paul MN 3-2
    Len’s Automotive, St. Paul MN 1-2
    7. Harley Davidson, Lewiston, MN 1-3
    Orangemen, Rice Lake WI 1-4
    9. Sawdust City, Eau Claire 1-2
    La Crosse Classic, La Crosse WI 1-2
    11. Highway 53 Bar, Whitehall WI 0-3

    GAME BY GAME RESULTS

    1. Striker’s Lanes 15, Sawdust City 5
    2. Ostrander 2, Orangemen 1
    3. Minnesota Computers 12, Highway 53 Bar 1
    4. Len’s Automotive 9, Striker’s Lanes 6
    5. Ostrander 12, Harley Davidson 2
    6. Dugout Bar and Grill 10, Minnesota Computers 6
    7. Tin Cup 8, La Crosse Classic 1
    8. Sawdust City 7, Harley Davidson 5
    9. La Crosse Classic 3, Highway 53 Bar 1
    10. Striker’s Lanes 3, Orangemen 0
    11. Striker’s Lanes 7, Highway 53 Bar 0
    12. Minnesota Computers 8, Orangemen 7
    13. Harley Davidson 8, La Crosse Classic 7
    14. Orangemen 9, Sawdust City 4
    15. Ostrander 10, Len’s Automotive 4
    16. Tin Cup 7, Dugout Bar and Grill 0
    17. Striker’s Lanes 8, Orangemen 2
    18. Minnesota Computers 11, Harley Davidson 9
    19. Striker’s Lanes 8, Len’s Automotive 5
    20. Dugout Bar and Grill 4, Minnesota Computers 1
    21. Tin Cup 4, Ostrander 3 (10 innings)
    22. Strikers’ Lanes 10, Dugout Bar and Grill 0
    23. Ostrander 10, Striker’s Lanes 8 (9 innings)
    24. Tin Cup 4, Ostrander 3

    ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

    PITCHER – Joel Cooley, Tin Cup
    PITCHER – Kevin Kammeuller, Ostrander
    CATCHER – Jeremy Dagstad, Dugout Bar and Grill
    CATCHER – Tyler Bouley, Tin Cup
    INFIELD – Ryan Scheevel, Ostrander
    INFIELD – Luke King, Ostrander
    INFIELD – J.R. Dachel, Striker’s Lanes
    INFIELD – Jason Bohl, Striker’s Lanes
    OUTFIELD – Dave Reiter, Tin Cup
    OUTFIELD – Al Lang, Harley Davidson
    OUTFIELD – Joe Reinert, Minnesota Computers
    OUTFIELD – Rob Krecji, Striker’s Lanes
    OUTFIELD – J.W. Dachel, Striker’s Lanes
    OUTFIELD – Scott Emerson, Orangemen
    MOST VALUABLE PLAYER – Dave Marchio, Tin Cup

    Iron man pitching and young talent leads Tin Cup to Dugout tournament title

    Thursday, May 28th, 2015
    2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,  Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

    2015 Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar. Front row left, Dave Reiter, Tyler Bouley, Miguel Hernandez, Joe Newton, Sam Nieman, Chris Diethart. Back row left,
    Dave Marchio, Joel Cooley, Zack Lopez, Shawn Gibbons, Alex Killa, Dom Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

    Cooley pitches all four games as Tin Cup of St. Paul wins the Cushing Memorial Tournament

    CUSHING, Wisc. – His manager praises his effort, his heart, his talent, and his willingness to take the ball game after game. And all admirable qualities were in evidence as Joel Cooley pitched Tin Cup Restaurant and Bar of St. Paul, Minnesota to the 12th Annual Dugout Memorial Weekend Tournament title in Cushing, Wisconsin.

    As a one-man pitching staff, the right-hander pitched every inning of four games, culminating with a 7-2 victory over instate-rival Ostrander Fastpitch to claim Tin Cup’s first title in the nine-team event.

      NOTCHING THE K’s

    Cooley finished 4-0 and beat Ostrander twice, 2-1 on Saturday, and then again in the championship, where he struck out eight and allowed four hits. The right-hander hurled 28 innings with 45 strikeouts to emerge as the top pitcher in the tournament.

    Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Joel Cooley pitching for Tin Cup in the 2014 NAFA World Series, AA Division, in which the team finished fifth. Photo By BOB OTTO

    Tin Cup manager Dave Marchio might be a bit biased but he proclaims Cooley as Minnesota’s top pitcher.

    “He’s got all three pitches, throws about 75 (mph), and is the best pitcher in the state,” said Marchio. “He is cerebral, nothing bothers him. He’s pitched every inning for us and is a good team leader by example.”

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    Tribon’s catch saves Ostrander in NAFA World Series

    Friday, August 8th, 2014

    OstranderKelso.103web Ostrander second baseman Aaron Vail tries to turn the double play during Ostrander’s 8-7, 11 inning win over Kelso Fastpitch, Friday. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA/IL – Outfielder Tom Tribon has made some memorable catches in his 12-year fastpitch career. Catches that he’s proud of. But the catch he made Friday is one he will never forget. It belongs in the category attributed as “great plays.”

    In the bottom of the 11th Ostrander was clinging to a one-run lead (8-7) in a fierce AA Division playoff game when Kelso Fastpitch’s Casey Stokes stepped to the plate.

      STOKES HITS A ROCKET

    Stokes worked the count off Ostrander’s Andrew Ysais to full and then leaned into a pitch a little too sweet and a little too far over the plate.

    The ball took off like a rocket high and deep and appeared headed over the left-centerfield fence for a game-winner.

    But Tribon wouldn’t let that happen.

      OFF AND RUNNING

    With the crack of the bat the fast center fielder raced back, leaped and caught the ball as it was about to hit off the top of the fence or go over; and then he crashed violently into the chain-link fence.

    And then he lay still and sprawled out at the base of the fence.

    The force of the crash had nearly knocked him unconscious and cut up his face. But after some first-aid he was feeling a whole lot better about his catch that saved the game and gave Ostrander an 8-7 win.

    “I took off running to my right when the ball was hit,” said Tribon, 30, who started playing fastpitch when he was 18. “It had trouble written all over it. I just wanted to help my pitcher and team out.”

    tribonTomOstrander.117web Tom Tribon’s Ostrander teammates rush to his aid after he made a game-saving catch and then crashed into the fence. Photo By BOB OTTO

    The game was one of the longest of the day and was a back-and-forth battle that went into extra innings tied 6-6. Both offenses could do nothing over the next three innings.

      MENSINK THE IGNITER

    But finally in the 11th, Ostrander got its hitting stroke back.

    Ben Mensink woke up the Ostrander side by ripping a triple to the fence in right-center. One out later he scored on Brandon Meiners single to center, and later Meiners came around on an RBI single by third baseman Mike Groh.

    Groh also came up huge with his glove.

    In the bottom of the 11th with a Kelso runner on first, he snared a hard-hit grounder off the bat of Jerry Wolsey by diving to his left and firing to second baseman Aaron Vail for the force out at second, for the second out.

    And that brought Stokes to the plate and Tribon took care of getting the final out and the win that evens Ostrander’s record in the AA Division at 1-1.

    “I’ve never made a catch like that,” Tribon said. “For me it’s the catch of a lifetime and (one) I won’t forget.”

    Tribon was also impressed that the Kelso team came out to check on him as he lay on the ground.

    “They are a class act to come out and check on me,” he said. “That’s what makes the game great; the people.”

    Ostrander’s Mohar and late charge holds off Sheddy’s

    Thursday, August 7th, 2014

    080714-MoharMarkOstrander.5web Mark Mohar pitched a complete game in leading Ostrander, Minn. to a 6-2 victory over Sheddy’s (Wisc.) in the opening game for both teams in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division. Photo By BOB OTTO

    QUAD CITIES, IA /Il – Mark Mohar doggedly hung in waiting for his team to put some runs on the board and get some breathing room from a tough Sheddy’s (Wisc.) ball club.

    Finally in the sixth, Mohar got the runs he needed when Ostrander (Minn.) scored four times to pull away from a 2-2 tie and on to a 6-2 victory in the opening game for both teams in the NAFA World Series A-Major Division, Thursday.

    Winning is a concept that Mohar, 30, has enjoyed quite a bit lately. Just last weekend Ostrander went undefeated, winning four straight games to claim the Minnesota Sports Federation Class B State Championship.

    Mohar pitched all four of the state tourney games and he will be seeing a lot of the ball along with stable mate, Michael Jamieson, during the 36-team A-Major tournament. But Mohar is confident he will not have to be a one-man, do-it-all show.

    “There’s not one guy that does it for us; it’s a team effort,” said Mohar, the son of George Mohar, who still at the age of 69 is pitching in the Masters Division. “This is our third weekend playing in a row. I just try and stay within myself, use my drop ball and hit my spots.”

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    Orangemen win first ever 36th Annual Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational Title

    Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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    By RONN KOPP / NAFA President and Tournament Director

    RICE LAKE, Wisc. – After falling to Bol’s Lanes of Baldwin 3-2 in the winners bracket final, the Rice Lake Orangemen bounced back to bounce La Crosse Athletics 10-2 and then defeated Bol’s twice in championship play 7-6 and 2-1 in 9 innings to capture the championship of the 10-team 36th annual Rice Lake Aquafest Invitational men’s fastpitch tournament.

    It was the first Aquafest championship for the Orangemen, the only team to have played in all 36 tourneys.

    The Orangemen opened tournament play with a 6-2 victory over Sawdust City of Eau Claire, followed with a 2-0 win over Ostrander, Minnesota, and a 7-0 win over Morelli’s of St. Paul before coming up a run short in their first encounter with defending NAFA state A division champion Bol’s Lanes.

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

    Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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

    By RONN KOPP / ronnkopp@charter.net
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    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.

    STRONG COMPETITION
    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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