B & C Town Ball Tourneys Start Tomorrow

Big goings on in town ball this weekend…

The class A tourney recommences Friday night at 6 pm as the Shark and Diesel finish their suspended game.  Followed by Park versus the loser.  The tourney will last through the weekend with all games at Red Haddox field in Bloomington.

The class B tourney gets rolling in Litchfield this weekend as well.  The first game is Saturday at 11 am as Duluth takes on Blaine.  Games will be going on all day in Litchfield.

The mammoth class C tourney also gets underway Friday with Roseau taking on Winsted in Hutchinson at 730 and Raymond taking on Delano in Dassel also at 730.  There will follow a boatload of games over the weekend in those two cities.

Go to a game and watch players who try hard cause they just don’t want to let down their teammates.

Class A Tourney Recap Weekend One

As I said in my last post, anything can and will happen at the state tourney.  I already mentioned that the Cobras eliminated the Bloomington Bandits and the Park Pirates eliminated the Lakers, here is what else went on.

In the other elimination games the Tri City Shark eliminated the Saint Paul Shamrocks.  I don’t remember the score but I think it was close, like maybe 5-3.  I went to a concert that night and don’t really remember much, except that some total stranger lady next to me grabbed me by the throat and tried to kiss me.  That wouldn’t seem bad but she had just picked a beer up off the ground and drank it after her pug had been licking the can.  Security told me later that she had said her pug was a service dog and that is how she got it inside in the first place.  Sorry, I digress.

In the second elimination game Kelley Fuels Diesel hit a walk off home run with 2 outs in the ninth to bump off the Saint Anthony Hogs.  I wasn’t there for that one either but that must have been super exciting for some people.

On to the eight team double elimination portion of the tourney.

The first two games were sort of ho hum.  The Continental Diamond Cutters were able to stave off the mighty Cobra bats and hang on for an 8-5 win.  Then The Saint Paul Capitals capitalized (see what I did there) on Parks bad defense while Kubitschek was able to strand a runner a two an inning for a complete game victory 6-1.

Then the Sharknado beat Schuld (did I predict that? I don’t remember) and the Angels and I am pretty positive that game was 5-3.

Kelley Fuels Diesel kept up their dark horse run and pretty much crushed the Millers 7-1.

The losers bracket games started out with Park beating the Cobras 6-4 behind a two home run performance by shortstop Mike Lueck.  The Snakes were eliminated.

Then the Millers rebounded and eliminated the Angels 4-2.

In the first winner bracket game tonight it looks like the Capitals fell to the Cutters 5-2 behind some fancy pitching.

Then the Shark were leading 5-4 over Diesel when the game was postponed in the 8th because…I really don’t know.

 

There you have it!

Class A State Tourney Results Day One

This is the 21st class A tournament that I have participated in and what I have learned in that time is that anything can happen.  Here are the results from yesterdays games.

Two team who are mostly known for tagging the ball all over the yard had a pitchers duel.  The Minneapolis Cobras eventually took it home and defeated the Bloomington Bandits 4-2 in a well played game.  Bandits eliminated.

The Saint Louis Park Pirates went down 7-0 after 3 innings as the Minneapolis Lakers were knocking the cover off the ball.  Park started doing some hitting themselves and eventually won the slugfest 11-8.  Lakers eliminated.

The tourney continues tonight at 6 pm at Red Haddox in Bloomington.  Come out and watch the Saint Paul Shamrocks take on the Tri City Sharks followed by the Saint Anthony Hogs and Kelley Fuels Diesel.

Class A Tourney Starts Tonight!

That’s right, first pitch is at 6 pm.  Game 1 features the Bloomington Bandits versus the Minneapolis Cobras.  The last Park National team to win the title was Wesley Homes back in 2005 I believe.  Can the Cobras bring the title home to the P-Nash?  Or will Bloomington be able to overcome playing and then performing field maintenance, selling concessions, announcing the games….and then playing again.

Game 2 is the Park Pirates versus the Minneapolis Lakers at 830.  Will these to teams square off, or will it just rain like the weatherman predicts?  Who knows?

All games are at Red Haddox in Bloomington.

Class A Tournament Predictions

The Favorite – The easy route is to say Minnetonka.  So I will.  But here is why.  They are good, but they also may have a pretty good draw.  I am not knocking the quality of teams they are playing, they are all good.  However their first draw will either be the Hogs or Kelley Fuels Diesel.  The Hogs may have a hard time putting up enough runs off Tonka’s number one pitcher.  But this is baseball and the Hogs have some pitching of their own so who knows.  I know nothing about Kelley Fuels Diesel except that their name is a mouthful.  So maybe they will roll through the tourney and win.  Then, should Tonka win they will play the Angels.  How do you know the Angels will win their first game you ask?  They will be throwing Schuld that’s why.  And he seems to be unbeatable this year.  Then Tonka will face someone who isn’t Schuld.  Or will the Angels think to themselves, maybe we can get by game one without using Schuld and save him for Tonka since we will be kind of in the same place if we lose the first game or the second game.  Or is that over managing?  I’m not sure because I have confused myself in this whole discussion.  Whatever, Tonka is the favorite.

 

The Dark Horse – Kelley Fuels Diesel.  Once again, I have never seen these guys play.  I don’t know who is on the team.  I don’t know what their record is.  I am not even sure they are human beings.  So I am completely in the dark about them.  Hence, they are my dark horse.

 

The Upset – In round two Tri City or the Shamrocks are going to beat the Angels and Schuld.  Ha! You didn’t see that coming after all that garbage I wrote in the “favorite” section.  He has to lose sometime right?  It always happens in the tourney.  You throw your stud and a ball bounces over the second baseman’s head and you lose in the 10th (that has happened to me).  Hmmm…maybe the Angels should save Schuld for Tonka to avoid this very thing from occurring.

P Nash Playoff Round Two Finals

The class A Park National league playoffs are completed.  All three teams swept.

The Angels defeated the River Rats 11-0 today and head to the tourney as the #1 seed

The Cobras beat Lyon’s Pub 16′ behind the complete game shutout performance of Jon Eric Urseth 1-0.  They are the #2 seed.

The Lakers completed a mild upset by sweeping the very hot Baseball 365 squad by scores of 7-2 and 3-1 and are the # 3 seed.

Good luck to everyone!

 

Riverview Top 3 Set for Tourney

Three sweeps in the second round of the Riverview playoffs…

As expected Tonka swept the Chaska Hitdawg club 11-0 and 9-2.

The Park Pirates swept last years third seed from the Riverview in the state tournament the Northwest Orioles 11-2 and 7-3.

Bloomington, who has had a much better second half than first, swept the #3 seed Hopkins 4-3 and 3-1 to return to the tourney.

Good luck to all the teams !