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Long winter is over Ö letís play ball!
By Don Bowman
Where is global warming when you need it! With the longest/coldest/snowiest winter in recent memory, softball and baseball enthusiasts are chomping at the bit to get rolling! Look for all league and most tourneys to be starting as scheduled however!
Gophers swept at home
The Golden Gophers womenís fastpitch team was swept by the Ohio State Buckeyes, 10-0 and 7-5 in their first games of the year on their home turf of Cowles Stadium. In game one, the Buckeyes made quick work of the locals winning 10 zip using the run rule.
In game two, however, the Golden Gophers put up a great battle, leading 5-1 heading into the sixth inning. However thatís where things went down the toilet, as the Gophers gave up six runs in the sixth, including a two-run home run to Megan Colleta, and lost 7-5. The Gophers are now 24-17 overall, and 2-4 in the Big Ten.
Freshman pitcher Sara Moulton (
Another shining star has been
sophomore catcher Kari Dorle (
GTL Cartel wins Sin City Classic
GTL Cartel/Demarini won the first USSSA Major slow pitch event of the
season in knocking off Team Combat/Laservision 35-20
in the finals of the Sin City Classic in
Red Wing native Geno Buck was brilliant, and was tabbed tourney MVP, while teammate Anthony Dress, another Minnesotan, also was named to the all-tournament squad.
Team Combat, finishing second in this one, was led by Oakdale native/slugger Scott Brown, who also received all-tourney honors. His team is loaded this year, and should make a big run for the world title this year as well!
Fastpitch tourneys coming to NSP
Corkyís Earlybird set for May 6-8
The 2011 Corkyís Earlybird ASA Slow Pitch
Classic, a softball spectacle, will take place May 6-8 in
Two area senior menís
slow pitch softball teams won rings in the last several months. In February,
the MN Masters menís 60ís major squad defeated the MN Prize 60ís club in the
finals of the SSUSA Tournament of Champions tournament held in
Also grabbing jewelry were the MN Grayhounds, who won the 2010 ISSSA World Championship in
slow pitch took a small step backwards this spring, when the Tuesday night
competitive league in Little Canada disbanded this year. For the last several
years, this league boasted some of the top teams in the nation, and was
regarded as the best league in the
Softball community loses two
LPS condolences go
out to the family and friends of Jerry Zahn (
New coaches named
veteran high school coaches were named new coaches at different area schools
this spring. Among them: Ron Snaza goes from
Hill-Murray to St. Paul Johnson, while former Johnson skipper Bob Horner joins
the coaching staff at East Ridge. Tom Nemo leaves the
coaching staff at
New USSSA bat rules coming
Looks like the USSSA will be changing bat specifications beginning around 2013. Like the ASA, both associations review bat standards each and every year for safety purposes. Itís suggested you check on each associationís website as to what bats are legal or not legal, for the league you play in each year!
Often these associations grandfather certain models in, which is great, but you donít want to invest in something thatís not going to be legal. Itís suggested†† to do some research first!
Mosquitoland set for May 19-22
The 15th†annual Mosquitoland
Classic, the popular senior menís slow pitch national qualifier, will again be
held May 19-22 at