Tri-City Blue 2007

Last updated: 9/23/07


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2007 Season Notes & News

Elmer Buttweiler's Passing
It is with great sadness I report that Elmer Buttweiler -- the "father" of Tri-City Baseball -- passed away peacefully at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, September 21, 2007, at Unity Hospital, in the company of those who loved him, after a brief, courageous battle with cancer and a series of strokes. Please see the Home Page for further information.

2007 State Tournament Site Now Available
While several portions are yet under construction, pending the completion of District tournaments across the State, the Official MN State Tournament Web Site is now on-line! Action in District Tournaments can also be tracked at the following sites: District 1 (Rochester and SE MN), District 3 (from Forest Lake down to Chaska), District 4 (us!), District 6 (St. Cloud up to Bemidji), District 7 (Marshall up to Alexandria), District 9 (NW Minnesota), District 10 (West Metro up to Sandstone); in the 10th District, scores from the North Hennepin sub-district tournament are also available at the North Hennepin League site.

For further inforrmation on the District structure in MN, visit the
Minnesota American Legion Baseball Info page within this site.

Read about Tri-City Baseball in the Bulletin Newspaper
Stories can be accessed on The Bulletin's Sports page -- or by doing a search on The Bulletin's homepage.

Tri-City Players Make Pioneer Press All-State Team
Announced Tuesday, June 19th by the Pioneer Press, Seth Rosin (MVHS, Tri-City Red) was chosen as Starting Pitcher on the newspaper's All-State Baseball Team. Tim Duffy (St. Anthony, Tri-City Blue) was selected as Reserve Catcher. Nick Colwell (IHS, Tri-City Red) received an Honorable Mention, as DH. Congratulations, players!!!

2007 Team Picture Now Available
A Tri-City Blue team picture is now available on this site! Parents and playes, send me your e-mail address, so I can advise you when new items of interest are posted on this site! (E-mail Gail at

Tri-City Red and Blue Both Debut in 1st Statewide Poll of 2007
In the first MN American Legion Baseball Statewide Coaches/Media Poll of 2007, Tri-City Red maintained its dynasty reputation by debuting at #5. Meanwhile, Tri-City Blue also made a very strong statement by debuting at #16. Having our two Legion teams ranked in the top 20 is quite an accomplishment, considering there are over 350 Legion teams in Minnesota. Congratulations to both teams! Complete poll results are posted each week on this web site, as well as being distributed to newspapers all across the state and several other media outlets.

Web Site Remains Very Active

Activity remains high on the Tri-City Baseball web site, with activity expected to continue to build as the season gets going. During April, we had 2,011 visitors, who viewed 6,151 pages. From June 1 -21, we had 1,810 unique visitors, who made 3,047 visits and viewed 11,104 pages. Our highest month of activity so far came in July, 2006, when a total of 10,980 visitors viewed 39,838 pages. Keep spreading the word about our site's existance!

Tri-City Players Named to Lion's All-Star Games

Red players Erik Anderson (MVHS) and Seth Rosin (MVHS) and Blue player Tim Duffy (St. Anthony HS) participated in the Lion's All-Star Game (Metro East and Metro West teams, respectively) on June 21-23 at the Chaska Athletic Park in Chaska. Tri-City Baseball prepared an ad which will appear in the tournament program, honoring past and present TCB participants. (Apologies to Tim Duffy, since the ad was submitted prior to us learning of his participation.)

Tri-City Continues to Contribute Heavily to the Advancement and Promotion of American Legion Baseball in Minnesota

In addition to being the first American Legion Post and baseball team in the State of Minnesota to establish a website, do you know all the other ways that Tri-City helps to strengthen the American Legion Baseball Program in Minnesota? First, volunteers within the Tri-City organization handle the administration and publication of the Statewide American Legion Poll (read more). Secondly, Tri-City provides space on its own website to host the Official Minnesota State Tournament website -- and Tri-City volunteers do all of the State Tournament site design and maintenance each year, in addition to helping at the State Tournament itself.. And, new in 2006, Tri-City has volunteered to host a web page that outlines all game schedules and results for the Gopher Classic tournament. Because of its numerous contributions to American Legion Baseball -- on and off the field -- Tri-City was named Post of the Year by Minnesota American Legion Baseball in 2005. So, be proud of your association with Tri-City -- and help us continue to enhance our reputation as a leader in American Legion Baseball by representing our Post with dignity and integrity!

Tri-City Blue Game Stats Available On-line!!
Review Tri-City Blue's game stats, courtesy of distinguished coaches, Tyler and Thad. (IMPORTANT: To access the stats, enter "tri-city" as the Login name, enter "blue" as the password, and then click on "login." To return to this page, use the "back" button on your browser.)

Track Other Teams Online
It's time to play ball in all 10 of Minnesota's American Legion Baseball Districts! (For more information on the location of each district, visit the
Minnesota Legion Baseball Page within this site, or the Minnesota Department site at Follow action in the 1st District (SE Minnesota, e.g., Rochester), at Take this link to District 6 (St. Cloud and Brainerd area teams.) For District 9 (NW Minnesota), check out Moorhead's website. And follow the District 10 North Hennepin League by visiting their website, as well as the District 10 South Hennenpin League. Of course, don't forget to follow TRI-CITY RED. For information on what's going on in other Districts, search for American Legion Baseball stories on statewide newspapers at

Here are a some individual American Legion team websites to check out:
Alexandria, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Burnsville, Hopkins, Chaska, Edina, Prior Lake, Moorhead, Rochester A's, , Rochester Patriots, Rochester Red Hawks, Lakeville South (Cougars) and Lakeville North (Panthers) [Click on "Team" drop down menu to select each Lakeville team], St. Louis Park, Apple Valley.

2007 Official Team Roster

Printable Roster

2007 Tri-City Blue Team Picture
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Name High School Uniform # Position(s) Height Weight Bats Throws Grad Yr.
Kyle Bloom St. Anthony 2 Infield 6' 185     2006
Tim Duffy St. Anthony 15 Catcher, Pitcher 6' 230     2007
Scott Felicetta St. Anthony 4 Infield 5'8" 145     2008
Tyler Westerberg Columbia Heights 5 Catcher 5'9" 165     2007
Jason Ferkinhoff St. Anthony 7 Outfield 5'9" 165     2007
Andrew Solz St. Anthony 8 Outfield 5'8" 150     2008
Troy Ramsbacher Columbia Heights 9 Infield 6'1" 165     2008
Dan Zurbey St. Anthony 10 Infield, Pitcher 5'10" 170     2008
Chad Pederson St. Anthony 11 Infield 5'10" 160     2006
Ryan Couillard St. Anthony 3 Infield 5'10" 155     2008
Alex Keil St. Anthony 14 Infield 6' 165     2007
Joe Stark St. Anthony 16 Infield 6'2" 225     2006
Ryan Schrepfer St. Anthony 12 Catcher, Outfield 6'2" 185     2008
Steve Grewe St. Anthony 19 Outfield, Pitcher 6' 185     2008
Chris Peterson St. Anthony 20 Infield, Pitcher 6'2" 230     2008
Calvin Walker St. Anthony 21 Outfield 6' 193     2008


2007 Coaching Staff

General Manager: Norb Stackowski, Ed Lindquist
Team Manager/Head Coaches: Jeff Larsen (manager); Tyler Johnson & Thad Weber (Coaches)
Home Games: Announcer: Matt Walker Scoreboard: Gary Albright  


2007 Season Schedule & Results

Game # / Date Team Score vs. Team (Home) Score at Field W L
1 - Wednesday, 6/13/07 Anoka 6 Tri-City Blue 12 St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m. 1 0
Coach's Game Notes:
Anoka   0 0 0   0 1 2   3       6   6   3   Tim Duffy pitched a very good game, going 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) and striking out 5. Ryan Schrepfer led the offense going 2 for 2 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's on the night. He also led a 8-run sixth inning that secured the game for the Blue team.
Tri-City Blue   0 0 0   4 0 8   X       12   10   2  
Duffy and Westerberg; Zurbey and Duffy (7).
- Thursday, 6/14/07 Tri-City Blue (MOVED to 6/19)   Maple Grove (MOVED to 6/19)        
2 - Saturday, 6/16/07 Tri-City Red 13 Tri-City Blue 0 St. Anthony, Noon 1 1
3 - Saturday, 6/16/07 Tri-City Red 13 Tri-City Blue 0 St. Anthony, 2:00 p.m. 1 2
4 - Monday, 6/18/07 Osseo 17 Tri-City Blue 10 St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m. 1 3
- Tuesday, 6/19/07 Tri-City Blue (MOVED to 7/9)   Maple Grove (MOVED to 7/9)        
5 - Wednesday, 6/20/07 Tri-City Blue 4 Cooper 8 Cooper HS, 6:15 p.m. 1 4
6 - Thursday, 6/21/07 Coon Rapids (5 innings) 15 Tri-City Blue 1 St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m. 1 5
- Friday, 6/22/07 Tri-City Blue (cancelled; rain)   Bloomington Blue   Red Haddox Field, Bloomington, 5:30 p.m. (9 inn) -- --
7-Saturday, 6//23/07 Delano 5 Tri-City Blue 8 St. Anthony, 2:00 p.m. 2 5
  Tri-City Blue sluggers accumulated a whopping 17 hits during this 9-inning, non-league game. Steve Grewe pitched 8 of the 9 innings, giving up 2 runs, 8 hits, and striking out 6.
8-Tuesday, 6/26/07 Tri-City Blue 2 Westphal Armstrong 6 Armstrong HS, 6:15 p.m. 2 6
9-Thursday, 6/28/07 Centennial 2 Tri-City Blue (8 innings) 1 St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m. 2 7
  A great outing for Blue against a very tough Centennial team. Your fans thank you for a very exciting and entertaining game!
Centennial   1 0 0   0 0 0   0 1     2   9   1   Troy Ramsbacher had 3 of the teams 5 hits on the night, going 3 for 4, with a double. Troy also made several defensive "web gems." Chris Peterson had one of the two other hits picking up an RBI on that hit. He also pitched 7 and 1/3 innings giving up 1 earned run, while scattering 9 hits. Chris also struck out 4 batters. Jason Ferkinhoff came into pitch in the 8th innning. He faced two batters and got them both out.
Tri-City Blue   0 0 0   1 0 0   0 0     1   5   1  
Peterson, Ferkinhoff (8) and Duffy.
Osseo Tournament: Tournament Schedule / Pairings
Tournament Notes: Eight team pool play, with two pools. TCB pool includes New Ulm Gold, Maple Grove, and Rogers. The top two teams from each pool advance to the semi-finals on Sunday, with the championship and 3rd place games to follow on Sunday, as well. (Osseo HS site)
10 - Friday, 6/29/07 New Ulm Gold 2 Tri-City Blue 4 Maple Grove HS (behind football stadium, across from HS), 6 p.m. 3 7
  Way to go, Blue!! Dan Zurbey went the distance on the mound giving up 6 hits and striking out 4 while giving up no earned runs. Chris Peterson and Ryan Schrepfer each were 2-3 at the plate. Chris scored 2 runs with Ryan knocking him in both times.
11 - Saturday, 6/30/07 Tri-City Blue 7 Maple Grove 11 Maple Grove HS, 10 a.m. 3 8
12 - Saturday, 6/30/07 Rogers 5 Tri-City Blue 16 Maple Grove HS, 12:45 p.m. 4 8
13 - Sunday, 7/1/07 Centennial 7 Tri-City Blue 1 Maple Grove HS,10:30 a.m.(Semi-final) 4 9
14 - Sunday, 7/1/07 New Ulm Gold 12 Tri-City Blue 3 Osseo HS, 1:30 p.m. (3rd Place Game) 4 10
Tournament Notes: Tri-City Blue won its pool, qualifying to play in the championship round on Sunday, 7/1. Despite the losses to Centennial and NUG, Blue places 4th in tourney! West St. Paul won the tournament, defeating Centenntial 6-2.
Duluth Tournament: Tournament Schedule / Bracket
Tournament Notes: 24-team pool play tournament. TCB will play at Ordean Field in the "Red Division," which includes Duluth Lakeview (host), Champlin Patriots, and Lakeville South. The top two teams from each of the 6 divisions, plus 2 wild-card teams, will advance to the championship round. Top-tier remaining teams advance to the consolation round. In addition to Ordean, sites at which Blue could play include Wade Stadium, Hermantown, Duluth Central.
15-Friday, 7/6/07 Duluth Lakeview 3 Tri-City Blue 2 Ordean Field, 10 a.m. 4 11
16-Friday, 7/6/07 Tri-City Blue 1 Lakeville South 4 Ordean Field, 2:30 p.m. 4 12
17-Saturday, 7/7/07 Tri-City Blue 5 Champlin Patriots 6 Ordean Field, 12:15 p.m. 4 13
- Monday, 7/9/07 Tri-City Blue (to be rescheduled)   Maple Grove   Maple Grove HS, 8:30 p.m. -- --
18-Tuesday, 7/10/07 Andover 12 Tri-City Blue 15 St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m. 5 13
  Troy Ramsbacher: 4-5 with 4 RBI's, Chad Peterson: 3-5 with a HR and 5 RBI's and 3 runs scored, and Chris Peterson: 1-4 with a HR and 5 RBI's, led the TCB attack as we overcame a 8 run deficit in the final inning to win the game. Steve Grewe also pitched the final 3 2/3 innings (only giving up 1 run) of the game to pick up the win.
19-Thursday, 7/12/07 Tri-City Blue 0 Fridley 8 Fridley HS, 6:15 p.m. 5 14
20-Friday, 7/13/07 Chesterbird (Benilde-St. Margaret) 8 Tri-City Blue 6 St. Anthony, 5:30 p.m. 5 15
21-Sunday, 7/15/07 Post Office (Dist 5, Mpls) 9 Tri-City Blue 11 St. Anthony, 2:00 p.m. 6 15
22-Tuesday, 7/17/07 Champlin Park 3 Tri-City Blue 2 St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m. 6 16
  Posted by Champlin Park on League web site: "Tuesday night at St. Anthony was the site of one of the best pitching duels of the season. Mike Bjerke took the hill for Champlin and Chris Peterson took aim for Tri-City. In the end, Champlin prevailed by a 3-2 score, but pitching stole the show. Bjerke threw 6 2/3 innings to get the win. He struck out 9 and allowed 4 hits yet walked 7 batters. Mike Bongiovanni came in with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th and 2 runners on base. Bongiovanni threw 3 pitches to end the game with a strikeout and earn the save. Peterson's numbers may be even more impressive. In 6 innings of work, he struck out 7 Champlin batters, only issued 1 walk and yielded 4 hits. Peterson allowed 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning and one more in the 5th. Champlin's Eron Lukes drove that 3rd run in with a 2 out single to right, which would eventually be the game winner. Only one of the three runs that Peterson gave up was earned."
23-Thursday, 7/19/07 Tri-City Blue 2 Blaine 3 Paul Parkway, 7:30 p.m. (note time change) 6 17
-Sunday, 7/22/07 Eden Prairie (cancelled)   Tri-City Blue   St. Anthony, 2:00 p.m. -- --
Leauge Playoffs: See District 10 North Hennepin League web site for further info. The top two finishers in the league [Coon Rapids and Centennial] do not play in league playoffs; rather, they play a best 2 out of 3 series to determine #1/2 seeding for District 10 Playoff tournament. The seeds for the League Playoff tournament are as follows: #1-Champlin, #2-Osseo, #3-Andover, #4-Fridley, #5-Maple Grove, #6-Cooper, #7-Armstrong, #8-Tri-City Blue, #9-Blaine, #10-Anoka.
24-Monday, 7/23/07 Ham Lake (Blaine) #9 Seed 1 Tri-City Blue - #8 Seed 2 St. Anthony, 6:00 p.m.; (Play-in game, #8 v. #9) 7 17
  After allowing one run in the 7th inning and trailing 1-0, Tri-City Blue rallied in the bottom of the 9th inning, scoring 2 on a one-out double by Jason Ferkinhoff. Dan Zurbey got the complete game win, allowing only 3 hits.
25-Tuesday, 7/24/07 Tri-City Blue 1 Champlin Park - #1 Seed 13 Champlin, 6:00 p.m. 7 18
26-Thursday, 7/26/07 Tri-City Blue (rain, rescheduled) -- Armstrong -- Armstrong, 6:00 p.m. (changed) -- --
26-Friday, 7/27/07 Tri-City Blue 5 Armstrong 12 Anoka, 5:00 p.m. 7 19
  GREAT SEASON, BLUE! Your fans thank you for a very enjoyable summer of Tri-City Baseball!
District 10 Playoffs:
Tournament Notes: NA

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2007 District Playoffs/Tournament

North Hennepin Playoffs:

10th District Playoffs:


2007 MN State American Legion Tournament

The Annual Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Championship Tournament will be hosted by Bloomington. Play begins on Thursday, August 9, 2007 and continues through Sunday, August 12, 2007. Team check-in will take place on Wednesday, August 8, 2007, with the annual banquet being held that evening. .

2007 State Tournament
Information & Details at the Official State Tournament Website


2007 Regional Championship Tournaments

The 2007 Regional American Legion Tournaments will be held as follows:

Central Plains: Marshall, MN Thursday, 8/16/07 - Monday, 8/20/07
Great Lakes: Menominee, MI Thursday, 8/16/07 - Monday, 8/20/07


2007 World Series National Championship Tournament

The 2007 American Legion World Series will be held in Bartlesville, OK on Friday, August 24, 2007 through Tuesday, August 28, 2007.

For more information on the Regional and National Tournaments, visit Bartlesville's official web site, or take this link to the National American Legion Baseball Web Site.

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Tri-City VFW Baseball

Tri-City American Legion Post #513
400 Old Highway #8 N.W.
New Brighton, MN 55112
Phone: (651) 631-1124
Fax: (651) 631-1359

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