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Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League Hosts Reunion To Remember The Good Times

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

PAUL HARRINGTON, who coaches the Farmington High School girls’ softball team and directed the men’s city league, shows former Farmington High school pitcher Ashley Betzold how to throw the rise ball. Ashley’s father, Daren Betzold, was a top pitcher in the Farmington league for 25 years (1976 – 2001). Contributed photo.

FARMINGTON, Minn. – For 54 years (1958-2011) men’s fastpitch softball was played in Farmington. The list of teams and sponsors, players, managers and umpires would as the saying goes, “stretch for an arm’s length.”

Though the historic Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League and Bobber Men’s Fastpitch Tournament are no more, that doesn’t mean they’re forgotten. And on Aug. 26, a reunion will be held to reminisce about those great times at the Castle Rock & Roll Bar & Grill in Castle Rock.

Of those 54 years, Paul Harrington directed the Farmington league 37 years (1975-2011). He was just 19 when he took the reins after the league director suddenly resigned in the middle of the season.

The league and tournament evolved over the years to become two of the strongest entities in Minnesota fastpitch history.

League teams claimed state championships in 1992 and ’99, along with Castle Rock and Morelli’s of St. Paul who are believed to have also won titles, while playing the league season in Farmington.

“Breaking the door down and winning a state championship in 1992 is a big memory for me,” said Harrington. “But knowing our league teams were always in the mix afterwards with other state championships and high finishes, and giving our league respect and recognition was very fulfilling as a league director.”

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Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame to induct 15 of state’s greatest contributors

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The 27th Minnesota Softball Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Saturday evening, November 3 at the River’s Edge Convention Center (St. Cloud Civic Center) in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Hall of Fame biennually recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of softball.

Softball is the largest team participant sport in Minnesota and the nation with over 6,000 teams participating in the local program.

A total of 15 individuals in the player, manager, umpire, sponsor, promoter, administrator, organizer, volunteer or media categories have been selected for induction this year. Included are:

    Inductee Category Softball Hometown
    Anna Anderson, Player, Minneapolis/St. Paul
    Gene Bartz, Player, Edina/Richfield/Minnetonka
    Paula Bergren*, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Duluth
    Dianne Dingman, Player, Anoka
    Paul Harrington, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Farmington
    Bud Heidgerken, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Freeport
    Dick Hudson*, Player, New Ulm
    Dennis Johnson, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, St. James
    Dennis Karp*, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter/Umpire, Carlton County
    Ed Kingsley*, Volunteer/Organizer/Promoter, Princeton
    Denny Malarkey, Player, Roseville
    Bonnie Muzik, Administrator, Brainerd
    Barb Northway, Administrator, Minnesota
    Barb Olson, Player, Duluth/Proctor
    Mark Rieber, Umpire, Mankato
    Robert “Sam” Werner, Player, Minneapolis

    * = Inducted posthumously

2010’s banquet was attended by over 300 people and an equal or greater number is expected this year.

The cost of the banquet is $40.00. Tickets may be obtained using the Ticket Request Form or they may be ordered online. Deadline for tickets is Friday, October 26.

Nearby Hotels
Le St. Germain Suite Hotel
Best Western Plus/Kelly Inn

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