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By Don Bowman
Team Combat and GTL, the
Tourney director Warren Bellm has pulled together once again the best tourney field in the land for Dudley/Budweiser/Easton Classic in 2011!
Once again congrats to
GTL Cartel/DeMarini is coming in on a hot streak, after knocking off Resmondo at the Windy City Classic last weekend, not once, but twice! In the finals in the Joliet (IL) NIT, GTL won the ‘if’ game 40-25, thus making them the team to beat this weekend!
Thanks to Team Combat star Scott Brown and his staff for running another big time pre-Dudley Classic home run contest at BeBops again this year, with nearly 100 participants! Though the final results were not done until this issue went to press, among the favorites were outstaters Denny Crine (former Long Haul Bomber Champ), Brett McCollum and Rusty ‘the tower of power’ Bumgardner.
Local sluggers that have a chance: Matt “Killer” Kelsey, Allan “the French Bomber” Oulette and Jay ‘the Jacker” Dahlby. You never can count out Craig Kittelson either, can you? (OK, maybe you can).
Easton/Hooters/Rockets are back
Rob Hortenbach’s Easton/Hooters/Rockets Class C powerhouse is back! After being on the road for most of the spring, including tournament stops in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa, the team is looking for a little ‘home cooking’ at this weekend’s Dudley Classic!
No, this team is not hiding from the authorities, but rather seeking out some of the toughest competition they can find before heading home this weekend. This team should be a strong contender for both state and national championship honors, with a solid lineup returning in 2011.
Returning is the always entertaining veteran hurler Charlie Partington, and the team also added coaches Scotty Meyer and Joe Theisen to the staff.
Schooner Days Tourney winners
Rip and Tare and MN VooDoo were among the winners at the Schooner Days Tourney
Local senior slow pitch teams put on
some great shows of talent at the 2011 Mosquitoland
In men’s 65’s major play, the MN
Masters 65’s took two out of three from the MN Prize Co. club, with both teams
putting on a fine display! Lastly, in men’s AAA championship play, the Midwest
Express out of
Regrettably, in men’s 50’s-60’s play due to rain (three inches!), storms and other havoc, the tourney had to be cancelled after only a couple of rounds on Sunday morning. Among the undefeated teams left standing were: in men’s 50’s play, J&J Sports of IA, Jimmy’s of Little Canada and in men’s 60’s, Rickers (White Bear) and the WI Masters were also undefeated.
John Orf’s Ancell’s 60’s team, were crowned the men’s AAA champs. Thanks to all that participated!
The 35th annual Rice Street Softball Tournament,
is slated for July 30-31 at the Rice and Arlington Sports Mecca. This
tournament has been around longer than Billy Peterson’s jock strap, and has
been landmark tournament for the City of
Area umps head to Colorado
Gene Richardson, Mac Thomas, Dennis
Harris and Royce Bell are among area fastpitch umpires
that were chosen to work a big NAFA youth fastpitch
The Roseville Raiders topped the North St. Paul Polars, while the Tartan Lightning crushed the Stillwater Ponies, with both teams winning 14U fastpitch championships at the Little Canada Classic on June 4-5.
RIP Ken Vierling
Condolences to the Ken Vierling family on the passing of Ken on June 10. Sadly, Ken had been battling some tough health issues after an accident a couple of years ago. Ken was VERY good umpire and friend to many, and will be missed!