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Saints turn 20
By Don Bowman
It’s that time of year again to be entertained by the St. Paul Saints baseball club, and their zany sideline attractions! The 2012 season will mark the historic 20th season for the American Association club, with the season opening home series to start May 18 at Midway Stadium!
Among this year’s crazy, but fun promotions: the 5 millionth fan promotion, Asian Carp bat-bashing bat give away, Big Lebowski slipper handouts and much much more!
Last year, the Saints came within one win of winning the American Association championship, and look to be very competitive again this season! Also, there is a glimmering hope that the Saints will now get the funding they need to build a new park in downtown St. Paul, which is long overdue. See you at Midway Stadium this summer!
Jerry Vick Memorial Golf Tourney
The MN Lawmen Softball team, one of the TOP teams in the nation, will host the 2012 Jerry Vick Memorial Golf Tournament June 11 at Highland Park Golf Course in St. Paul. Great time, for a great cause. Please contact Brian Caron at 651-343-1199 for more information.
Best wishes to the Old Scout
Best wishes go out the ‘Old Scout,’ Gordie Heagle, who is in a tough fight for his life. The Scout, one of the biggest ambassadors to big time softball, is suffering from an artery disease, and is undergoing medical treatments daily.
A fundraising event is now set up. If you would like to donate, or get involved, please go to the Oldscout.com and look for information on this event. It is great cause for a great man!
In addition to being a softball promoter, Gordie, who hails from the Northeast, also refereed pro hockey in his younger days. Good luck, Gordie!
Grass killed at Treasure Island
I never claimed to have a green thumb, but apparently there aren’t ANY green thumbs down near the Treasure Island softball complex in Red Wing! Area grass manicurists, in error, sprayed their nice complex with some type of grass killer rather than grass fertilizer, and in doing do killed all the grass in the complex. Ouch! Truck loads of sod could be heading their way soon.
Sadly because of this, it nixed the big-paying 6’s Wild Tournament at least for this spring. Tough luck, it’s one of the best tournaments around.
Minnesota umps head to Indiana
Several of Minnesota top USSSA ‘Red’ umpires traveled to officiate the prestigious Columbus, Ind., World NIT this past weekend. Hired guns included: Mark Dallenbach, Mike Fluegge, Pete Strand III, Steve ‘Thunder’ Thorton, Reggie Garrett, and Mike Ellenz. Speaking of Ellenz he somehow got lost coming out of convenience store in tiny Columbus, until flares and a real good GPS were utilized to find him. All ended well however.
Winning teams set for Dudley Classic
Speaking of the Columbus NIT, it was won by Demarini/Dirty softball with 37-35 victory over Jean Shoppe in the finals. Both teams are expected to play at the Dudley Classic, the No. 1 tournament in the land, June 15-16 in Brooklyn Center, Minn.!
The Dudley Classic is a must-see softball event. If you have never been this tourney, this year will be your chance! The Classic features the BEST teams in the land and well as several outstanding Minnesota teams that can really compete!
Fastpitch state tourney favorites
Among the favorites to win the Minnesota State High School League AA fastpitch tournament this year are North St. Paul, Maple Grove, Park Center and Forest Lake.
North St. Paul and Maple Grove squared off this past weekend, with the Polars claiming an 8-2 victory over the Crimson.
Sonny’s, Burdick, SRB win titles
Among teams winning area slow pitch tournaments recently were: Sonny’s of Wyoming winning the Corky’s ASA Earlybird in Owatonna, and Burdick Builders and SRB winning USSSA national/world qualifiers in the Twin Cities area.
Adams leads Polars baseball team
Ron Adams, former Manning’s and Shimer’s softball star, is the head coach for the North St. Paul baseball team that is among the top 25 rated teams in the state as well.
Senior Day for Gopher softball team
The Golden Gopher women’s softball team graduated four seniors in a ceremony at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium over the weekend. The U of M has a strong returning cast for 2013, and should finally be able to compete for the NCAA playoffs after long dry spell.