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Dutch Elbers helped drive St. Paul to fastpitch greatness

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Ben Maloney, left, Ed Mathias, and Dutch Elbers hold the 1963 ASA Northern Regional Tournament championship trophy.

(Sadly Dutch Elbers passed away on April 5, 2018. See obituary in which condolences and tributes are welcome)

Dutch Elbers served the International Softball Congress for over 20 years in several capacities, including the organization’s president. In 1988, he was inducted into the ISC Hall of Fame. Photo By BOB OTTO / 1995 ISC World Tournament

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Strong armed, with a lanky athletic build, Dries (Dutch) Elbers mostly likely could have stared at baseball, but fortunately for fastpitch softball, he never got the chance.

“My dad played baseball, but he steered me into softball,” said Elbers. “I have never played a game of baseball in my life.”

Elbers, who grew up in Steen in southwestern Minnesota, began playing fastpitch in the 4-H League in 1945 as a 15-year-old. It wasn’t long, though, that he graduated from the boys’ league into the Steen men’s league.

Steen might have been small in numbers with its 185 citizens, but they and the farm families surrounding the little village located 25 miles east of Sioux Falls, kept the six team-league healthy with numbers and talent.

“As kids, we wanted to get a uniform and play with the big boys,” Elbers said. Soon enough Elbers would be playing with the ‘big boys’ of fastpitch – worldwide.

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A Step Back In Time…Softball’s ‘Old Man River’ Still Rolling

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

“Then I grab the microphone and say, ‘St. Paul is one place I’m never gonna lose a game.’ And in five years they never did beat me.” – Red Anderson

By MURRAY OLDERMAN
Minneapolis Star Staff Writer
July 13, 1951

MINNEAPOLIS – When it comes to softball, Red Anderson’s one guy who can afford to scoff.

“You shoulda seen the way we did it in the good old days.”

He not only did it in the “good old days,” but he’s doing it now. Folks wandering out around Parade Grounds 1 tonight can catch 42-year-old Red still fooling batters as he serves them up for the Sathers against the Teamsters in Park National League Softball.

That’s the same carrot-top whose softball goes back 27 years…when four and five thousand fans used to flock to the Parade Grounds to see him strut his stuff…when the baseball Millers and Ted Williams attracted an estimated 15,000 to the Parade Grounds for a softball duel against Anderson and gang.

Clyde McCullough’s catching for Kansas City then,” recalls Red, “and before the game he comes to me and says, “whatever you do, I want you to be sure and strike out that big basher.’

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Top Ranked Teams Battle For Tin Cup Challenge Championship

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Eight International Softball Congress (ISC) top-rated teams will battle for the THE TIN CUP CLASSIC Men’s Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium, White Bear Lake, Minn., July 28-30. Courtesy Photo / Christopher Diethert

By Christopher Diethert
Tin Cup Fastpitch

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The field is set and eight of the finest men’s fastpitch teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas and North Dakota will battle in the Tin Cup Men’s Challenge Fastpitch Tournament at The Village Sports Bar At The Stadium in White Bear Lake, Minn. July 28-30.

The tournament features a full slate of games Friday night and Saturday in pool play format with the playoffs on Sunday. Five of the eight teams are ranked in the top-20 by the International Softball Congress.

POOL A / ISC RANKING

No. 6 / Circle Tap Dukes, Denmark, Wisc.
No. 15 / Ostrander Norsemen Fastpitch, Ostrander, Minn.
Topeka Toros, Kansas
Rice Lake Orangemen, Wis.

POOL B / ISC RANKING

No. 8 / Bloomington Stix, Bloomington, Ill.
No. 11 / Kegel Black Knights, Fargo, No. Dak.
No. 13 / Tin Cup, St. Paul, Minn.
Jamo’s Fastpitch, St. Paul, Minn.

The tournament opens Friday night with two games on tap. At 7 p.m., Ostrander Norsemen square off against the Rice Lake Orangemen, and in the nightcap, host Tin Cup battles Jamo’s at 9 p.m.

SATURDAY SCHEDULE AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

9 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Rice Lake
11 a.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Ostrander Norsemen
1 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Ostrander Norsemen
3 p.m. – Topeka Toros vs. Rice Lake Orangemen
5 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Kegel Black Knights
** 7 p.m. – Ceremony for 1976 All-American Bar (1976 ISC World Tournament Champions)
7:30 p.m. – Tin Cup vs. Bloomington Stix
9:30 p.m. – Circle Tap Dukes vs. Topeka Toros

SATURDAY AT PIONEER PARK

11 a.m. – Jamo’s Fastpitch vs. Kegel Black Knights
1 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Kegel Black Knights
3 p.m. – Bloomington Stix vs. Jamo’s Fastpitch

SUNDAY PLAYOFFS AT THE VILLAGE STADIUM

10 a.m. – A1 vs. B2
12 p.m. – A2 vs. B1
2 p.m. – Championship

** Tie breakers decides by head-to-head and runs allowed **

Contact Information

Christopher Diethert
cgdiethert@gmail.com

Long ball and stellar pitching drive Minnesota’s Tin Cup to victory in ISC World Tournament

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Joel Cooley pitched a shutout and allowed just one hit in leading Tin Cup of St. Paul to a 7-0 victory over Chettys Pretty Boys in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

Joel Cooley pitched a shutout and allowed just one hit in leading Tin Cup of St. Paul to a 7-0 victory over Chettys Pretty Boys in the 2016 ISC World Tournament. Photo By Bob Otto / 2014 NAFA World Series

MOLINE, IL – Tyler Bouley and Dave Marchio provided the power and Joel Cooley pitched masterfully in leading Tin Cup of St. Paul to a 7-0 victory over Chettys Pretty Boys, Sunday night, at Green Valley Sports Complex.

Bouley (1-for-3) slugged a two-run home run in the first, and Marchio (2-for-3) put the game out of reach with a three-run blast in the fourth to seal the win and even Tin Cup’s record at 1-1.

Handed the generous run support, the veteran right-handed Cooley didn’t squander it. He was at the top of his game, firing a perfect game through four innings. His only stumble came in the fifth when Ryan Baptiste singled to open the inning. But Cooley’s rise ball coaxed a fly ball and he struck out the final two batters to end the game in five innings under the run-rule.

  • Now Tin Cup advances into Tuesday when they will meet the loser between the Elmira Expos and New York Gremlins at 10 a.m.
  • Tin Cup collected six hits with Sam Nieman, Pita Rona and Luke Wilhelmy getting one hit a piece, along with Bouley and Marchio’s game-winning contributions.

    For more World Tournament scores, visit: ISC Pointstreak Scoreboard

    Tin Cup reaps the benefits of Marchio fast pitch experience and tradition

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 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, Dominic 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, Dominic Marchio. Courtesy Photo / Valerie Quigley Bouley

    Dave Marchio, back row far left, and son Dominic Marchio, back row far right, continue three generations of Marchio’s playing fastpitch softball.

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – In 2013 the Tin Cup men’s fastpitch team was formed. The team was young and promising, but lacking in experience. Tin Cup needed someone to take the reins that knew the game, had played the game.

    Dave Marchio was the right man for the job.

    With 35 years experience playing with and against some of Minnesota’s best clubs – the likes of Jeraldine’s Bar, All-American Bar, the St. Paul Merchants, Scandia and Stillwater – Marchio had the know-how to lead Tin Cup with its roster skewed heavily with 19-year-olds.

      DAD’S EXPERIENCE INVALUABLE

    Dominic Marchio was one of those 19-year-olds that came under the tutelage of his father. He and his young teammates quickly realized they had a lot to learn about playing the game.

    And the senior Marchio was the voice of experience Tin Cup needed.

    “His experience, it goes a long way,” said Dominic. “He leads in a positive way and it feels comforting to have someone reassure you of your skills on the ball field if you make a bad play.”

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    Plan For Dugout Memorial Weekend Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament in Cushing, Wisconsin

    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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    CUSHING, Wisc. – For 10 years the small town of Cushing, located in northwest Wisconsin and bordering Minnesota, has hosted a men’s fastpitch tournament. And every year it appears to get better and more popular.

    The tournament will return once again in 2014 through the efforts of the Dugout Men’s Fastpitch team and tournament directors Steve Loney and Les Dietmeier. The men hope to expand the tournament just a bit.

    “We are getting ready to host The 11th annual Dugout Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25 with the 26th a possible added day) Tournament,” Dietmeier said through email. “This year we are looking to add a few new teams coming from St Paul, Minnesota.”

    St. Paul is located about 60 miles south of Cushing and is one of the remaining enclaves in Minnesota where the sport has retained some of its popularity.

    The travel appears to be an easy commute for fastpitch players and fans from the Twin Cities area.

    When: May 23, 24, 25 and possibly the 26th
    Where: Cushing, Wisc.
    Entry Fee: $225 (game balls furnished)
    Additional Details: Concession and beer stand at the ball park (no carry on coolers allowed), and camping available

    Contact Information:

    Steve Lonney at 715-483-3057; stevesvideoproduction@yahoo.com
    Les Dietmeier at 715-483-3749; idietmeier@yahool.com

    Timeless St. Paul team makes first appearance in NAFA World Series

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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    ST. PAUL, MINN – Matt Fitzenberger has played for Morelli’s Fastpitch for about 15 years. But he’s just a youngster when it comes to the storied history of this St. Paul team, and the countless numbers of players who have come long before him and worn the Morelli’s uniform.

    Morelli’s Market in St. Paul has been sponsoring a men’s fastpitch team for over 40 years.

    A baseball player fresh out of college, Fitzenberger was asked by Jim Morelli to play for his team. He accepted and has never left.

    “A lot of original team members got into the game because of Jim,” said Fitzenberger, 30, who is the player / manager of the team.

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