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Farmington (MN) Men’s Fastpitch Reunion Sunday

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

CASTLE ROCK, Minn. – The Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League flourished for 54 years (1958-2011) in the town of Farmington, along with the popular Bobber Tournament, also held in Farmington that drew teams from Minnesota and neighboring states.

The league and tournament are no more, but the memories live on in the hearts and minds of those who played and were fans, and will be shared in a grand reunion, Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Castle Rock & Roll Bar and Grill in Castle Rock.

  • Be sure to attend and share your memories in what promises to be a great time.
  • Farmington Men’s Fastpitch League Hosts Reunion To Remember The Good Times

    Tuesday, August 21st, 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

    For further information please contact:

    Tami Morrison
    763/263-9993
    tami@msf1.org