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Wayne Ball’s 45th Annual West St. Paul Tournament features strong teams

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

WestStPaulTourney.1lr West St. Paul tournament bracket.

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – The 45th Annual West St. Paul Men’s Fastpitch Tournament got underway Friday night, July 17 and finishes Sunday afternoon with the championship scheduled for 4:30 p.m. If a second game is needed to decide a champion in the double-elimination format, the game will begin shortly after.

The 12-team field includes several top Midwest teams.

(1) Gallaghers (2) Len’s Auto (3) Kegel Black Nights (4) The Bar (5) Tin Cup (6) Odin Fastpitch (7) Sizzler (8) Ostrander Fastpitch (9) Rice Lake Orangemen (10) Jordan Realty (11) Circle Tap (12) Sawdust City

Under the direction of Wayne Ball, the tournament is being held at the West St. Paul Sports Complex.

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West St Paul 44th Annual Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – Under the direction of Wayne Ball, the 44th Annual West St Paul Invitational Fastpitch Tournament will be held July 17-19 at the
West St. Paul Sports Complex. The tournament is sanctioned through the ASA and MRSF.

THE DETAILS

Tournament Name: 44th Annual West St. Paul Invitational
Tournament City: West St. Paul
Field/Complex Name: West St Paul Sports Complex
Tournament Dates: July 17-19
Entry Fee: $350

TOURNAMENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Host Organization: PBI fastpitch team
Tournament Director Name: Wayne Ball
Phone Number: 651-457-3933
Email: dball1140@yahoo.com
Address: 1316 Ohio Street, West St Paul, MN 55118

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Tournament Type: Men’s Fastpitch
Classification: A, B, C, D
Tournament Format: 3 Game Guarantee
Guaranteed Games: 3 game guarantee
National Berths: No
Payment Status: Unpaid

Kegel rolls to West St. Paul tourney title

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

gervasutti.sebastian Led by the pitching of Sebastian Gervasutti (pictured above) and Gerald Muizelaar, the Kegel Black Knights of Fargo won the 2013 West St. Paul Men’s Fastpitch Tournament.

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. – With the NAFA World Series and ISC World Tournament two weeks away, this is the time for teams to start playing their best ball. The time to peak. And if their latest tournament is a forecast, then the Kegel Black Knights appear to be right on schedule.

The Black Knights swept through the 43rd Annual West St. Paul Men’s Fastpitch Tournament undefeated (5-0) and knocked off Wilber Lime of Galesville, Wisc. 8-0 in the final at the West St. Paul Sports Complex, July 19-21.

Sebastian Gervasutti threw a no-hitter with five strikeouts to pick up the game-shortened win for Kegel of Fargo, which is celebrating its 30th year in men’s fastpitch. The 28-year-old from Bilbao, Spain finished the tournament 2-0 with one hit allowed in 18 innings and 34 strikeouts.

“He throws hard with the up and down and some change up,” said Kegel player / coach Kyle Koterba.

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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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Ball family supports Dad’s goal in West St. Paul Tournament

Friday, July 27th, 2012

“Wayne’s tournament is great. It’s the best. He knows how to run a tournament fantastically.” – Dave Vandenbosch, manager, Gallagher’s Bar

WEST ST. PAUL, MN – Forty-two down and eight to go.

For 42 years, 73-year-old Wayne Ball has kept the West St. Paul Invitational Men’s Fastpitch Tournament rolling along. Year-after-year without a miss.

Though he’s at an age when most fastpitch folks have long since retired, Ball has no plans on deserting his baby. His creation. His passion. Besides, he’s set a goal that he’s determined to meet.

“I have to go at least eight more years,” he said. “I’ve got to get to 50 years.”

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