Last updated: 7/25/08
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|Season Schedule||District Tournament||State Tournament|
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|Tri-City Baseball Supporters|
Tri-City Baseball a
Focus in Star Tribune Story
A story appeared in the Star Tribune on June 25, 2008 which focused on the impact that reduced revenue at Legion Posts is having on American Legion Baseball programs. Because of its well-known state-wide reputation as a high-quality program, Tri-City Baseball was sought out for an interview for this story. Read the story at the Star Tribune's web site.
St. Anthony Wins 2008
Minnesota HS State Tournament!!!
For the second time in three years, the St. Anthony Village High School baseball team took the AA championship of Minnesota State High School Baseball, by defeating Annandale in the title game, 10-0. Read about their victory in the St. Cloud Times (article one; article two), as well as in the Star Tribune. (Make sure to browse/search both papers for additional articles from throughout the tournament.) A related story also appeared in the Pioneer Press. Congratulations to all St. Anthony players for their well-earned victory!
KARE11: Video on St.
Read the story and watch the video that KARE11 aired on June 11th about St. Anthony's quest for a 2nd State High School championship!
Former Blue Alum named
MIAC Player of the Year
Dan Kaczrowski, who pitched for Tri-City Blue in 2006, was named MIAC Player of the Year in 2008; articles on Hamline University's website, and the MIAC website, chronical Dan's accomplishments. Congratulations, Dan!
Lion's All-Star Game
Both Tri-City Blue and Tri-City Red players were honored by being selected to play in the Lion's All Star game to be held at Chaska Athletic Park later this month. Those named include Chris Peterson (St. Anthony) of Tri-City Blue and Ross LaDuke (MVHS), Nick Colwell (IHS), and Tommy Thompson (IHS) of Tri-City Red. Congratulations to all on their selection! An ad for the program was placed by Tri-City Baseball, which honors this year's participants, as well as those from the past.
Spread the Word About
Becoming a Tri-City Baseball Supporter!
In an effort to raise funds and keep additional costs to participants as low as possible, Tri-City Baseball is looking for people, organizations, and businesses who want to show their support through postings on this web site (See the link above!). Those who desire further information on this program, should contact Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. In honor of Elmer's contributions to Tri-City Baseball, the 2008 season is dedicated to him.
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.)
2008 State Tournament
and Gopher Classic Sites Now Available
While several portions will be under construction right up until the start of the tournament, the Official MN State Tournament Web Site is on-line! Newly added information, however, includes Three-Year State Tournament Individual and Team records for 2005 through 2007....and the Red team and its players made the list in several categories! For general inforrmation on the District structure in MN, visit the Minnesota American Legion Baseball Info page within this site.
Tri-City Red is designated to play at the Maple Grove site this year. The full schedule, as well as Red's tough opponents in the Maple Grove pool, is available at the Gopher Classic 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.
Statewide Legion Baseball Poll
The MN American Legion Baseball Statewide Coaches/Media Poll is getting organized for the 2008 season. 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. Make sure to check for the latest Poll results frequently!
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. Historical Tri-City Baseball web site traffic stats (through February 2008) is also available for your viewing. Keep spreading the word about our site's existance!
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 volunteered to host a web page that outlines all game schedules and results for the Gopher Classic tournament. Many college coaches and major league scouts have commented on how useful the information is to them, as well as how often they visit the Tri-City Basebal site.
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!
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 www.mnlegion.org.) Follow action in the 1st District (SE Minnesota, e.g., Rochester), at www.district1scores.org. 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's North Hennepin League by visiting their website. Of course, don't forget to follow TRI-CITY BLUE, which plays in that league. Also visit the District 10 South Hennenpin League site. For information on what's going on in other Districts, search for American Legion Baseball stories on statewide newspapers at www.mnnews.com.
Here are a some individual American Legion team websites to check out: Hamline, 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.
The summer baseball season is inching closer! Please see this important information about Tri-City American Legion Baseball registration!
2008 Official Team Roster
2008 Printable Roster
2008 Tri-City Blue Team Picture
(PDF: 73 KB)
|Name||High School||Uniform #||Position(s)||Height||Weight||Bats||Throws||Grad Yr.|
|Kyle Bixler||Columbia Heights||16||Pitcher, Outfield||6'2"||183||L||L||2009|
|John Blumenfeld||St. Anthony Village||4||Infield||6'0"||170||R||R||2008|
|Jarron Farah||St. Anthony Village||17||Infield, Pitcher||6'0"||180||L||L||2008|
|Jason Ferkinhoff||St. Anthony Village||7||Outfield||5'9"||160||R||R||2007|
|Mikey Fisher||St. Anthony Village||3||Outfield||5'9"||150||R||R||2009|
|Steve Grewe||St. Anthony Village||19||Outfield, Pitcher||6'0"||185||R||R||2008|
|Ed Kaminski||St. Anthony Village||14||Catcher||5'11"||190||R||R||2008|
|Jeff Kunza||Minneapolis Edison||2||Pitcher, Infield||5'9"||145||L||R||2007|
|Sean Moriarty||St. Anthony Village||21||Outfield||6'0"||180||R||R||2009|
|Chris Peterson||St. Anthony Village||20||Pitcher, Infield||6'2"||230||R||R||2008|
|Troy Ramsbacher||Columbia Heights||9||Infield||6'0"||175||R||R||2008|
|Ryan Schrepfer||St. Anthony Village||12||Catcher||6'1"||200||R||R||2008|
|Zach Schroeder||Concordia Academy (Roseville)||8||Infield, Pitcher||5'9"||140||R||R||2008|
|Max Stahel||St. Anthony Village||18||Infiield||5'9"||190||L||R||2009|
|Dan Zurbey||St. Anthony Village||10||Infield, Pitcher||5'10"||160||R||R||2008|
|Allan Bates||St. Anthony Village||17||5'8"||146||2009|
|General Manager:||Ed Lindquist||Tri-City Baseball Program Director:||Jeff Larsen|
|Head Coaches:||Tyler Johnson & Thad Weber||Assistant Coach:||Matt Wicken|
|Home Games:||Announcer: Matt Walker||Scoreboard: Gary Albright||Asst. Coach: Matt Wicken|
2008 Printable Schedule
*Denotes League Game
|Game # / Date||Team||Score||vs. Team (Home)||Score||at Field||W||L|
|- Thurs, 6/12/08*||Maple Grove (MOVED to July 2)||Tri-City Blue||St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m.|
|- Fri, 6/13/08*||Tri-City Blue (MOVED to June 23)||Anoka||Castle Field, Anoka, 8 pm|
|- Sat, 6/14/08||Tri-City Red (CANCELED)||Tri-City Blue||St. Anthony, 1 pm|
|1 - Sun, 6/15/08||Tri-City Blue||5||Delano||12||Veterans Field (Mini Wrigley), Delano, 6:30 pm (30 minutes west of downtowm Mpls on Hwy 12/I-394)||0||1|
|2 - Mon, 6/16/08||Tri-City Blue||2||Wayzata||11||Wayzata, 6:15 pm||0||2|
|3 - Wed, 6/18/08*||Tri-City Blue||4||Osseo||5||Osseo HS, 6:15 pm||0||3|
|Eagle Eye Wood Bat Tournament: Tournament Info Site; Printable Schedule|
|Tournament Notes:||Pool play at St. Anthony, Fridley, Spring Lake Park and Totino-Grace HS fields.|
|4 - Fri, 6/20/08||Duluth Lakeview||5||Tri-City Blue||8||St. Anthony, 6:30 p.m.||1||3|
|5 - Sat, 6/21/08||Tri-City Blue||3||Park Center||2||St. Anthony, 8:30 a.m.||2||3|
|6 - Sat, 6/21/08||Robbinsdale (Westphal Armstrong)||0||Tri-City Blue||3||St. Anthony, 6:30 p.m.||3||3|
|7 - Sun, 6/22/08||Tri-City Blue (Semi-final)||2||White Bear||5||Totino-Grace, 9:00 a.m.||3||4|
|8 -Sun, 6/22/08||Osseo (3rd Place game)||5||Tri-City Blue||3||Fridley HS, 11:30 a.m.||3||5|
|Tournament Notes:||Blue won its pool, was seeded #1 in semi-final round. Despite the losses on Sunday, Blue took 4th place in the tourney. Congrat's Blue!|
|- Mon, 6/23/08*||Tri-City Blue||Anoka SEE NEXT LINE BELOW||Castle Field, Anoka, 7:30 pm|
|9 - Tues, 6/24/08*||Tri-City Blue||8||Anoka||7||Castle Field, Anoka, 5:45 pm||4||5|
|10 - Tues, 6/24/08*||Tri-City Blue||2||Coon Rapids||6||Coon Rapids (Wintercrest), 8:30 pm||4||6|
|11 - Thurs, 6/26/08*||Westphal Armstrong||4||Tri-City Blue||5||St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m.||5||6|
|Osseo/Maple Grove Tournament (7th Annual Bob Letourneau Baseball Classic): Tournament Schedule / Pairings|
|Tournament Notes:||Pool play tournament, with four pools. Blue opens pool play at the Maple Grove HS site. NOTE: Field is on west side of football stadium and is not visible from Fernbrook Lane (school is on east side of Fernbrook)..|
|12 - Friday, 6/27/08||Maple Grove||9||Tri-City Blue||9||Maple Grove HS, 9:30 am||5||7|
|13 - Friday, 6/27/08||Tri-City Blue||0||Chaska||4||Maple Grove HS, 12:15 pm||5||8|
|14 - Saturday, 6/28/08||New Ulm Gold||11||Tri-City Blue||1||Maple Grove HS, 3 p.m.||5||9|
|15 - Monday, 6/30/08*||Tri-City Blue||2||Fridley||5||Fridley HS, 6:15 pm||5||10|
|16 - Tuesday, 7/1/08*||Tri-City Blue||2||Centennial||4||Centennial, 6:15 p.m.||5||11|
|17 - Wednesday, 7/2/08*||Tri-City Blue||1||Maple Grove||7||Maple Grove, 8:30 p.m.||5||12|
|- Sunday, 7/6/08||STA Hogs||Tri-City Blue CANCELED||St. Anthony, 6:30 p.m.||--||--|
|- Monday, 7/7/08||Tri-City Blue||Minneapolis Washburn CANCELED||Pearl Park, Minneapolis, 6:15 p.m.||--||--|
|18 - Tuesday, 7/8/08*||Tri-City Blue||1||Andover||4||Andover, 6:15 p.m.||5||13|
|19 - Wednesday, 7/9/08||Sierra Vista (Las Vegas), NV||10||Tri-City Blue (exhibition game)||4||Irondale, 6:15 p.m. (Tri-City Red vs. Sierra Vista: 3:30 p.m.)||5||14|
|20 -Thursday, 7/10/08||Tri-City Red||7||Tri-City Blue||1||St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m.||5||15|
|Duluth Tournament: Tournament Schedule / Bracket / Field Directions Now Available!|
|Tournament Notes:||24-team pool play tournament. TCB will play at Ordean Field in the "Red Division," which includes Duluth Lakeview (host), Rosetown, and Superior, WI. 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, and Duluth Central.|
|21 - Friday, 7/11/08||Rosetown||10||Tri-City Blue||14||Ordean Field, 10 a.m.||6||15|
|22 - Friday, 7/11/08||Superior, WI||2||Tri-City Blue (5 innings)||11||Ordean Field, 2:30 p.m.||7||15|
|23 - Saturday, 7/12/08||Duluth Lakeview||5||Tri-City Blue||4||Ordean Field, 7:45 a.m.||7||16|
|Tournament Notes:||With tournament tie-breaker rules, Blue unable to advance out of their pool.|
|24 - Tuesday, 7/15/08*||Tri-City Blue||3||Champlin||13||Champlin, 6:15 p.m.||7||17|
|25 - Wednesday, 7/16/08||St. Louis Park||7||Tri-City Blue||6||St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m.||7||18|
|26 - Thursday, 7/17/08||Blaine||0||Tri-City Blue||8||St. Anthony, 6:15 p.m.||8||18|
|- Saturday, 7/19/08||Wayzata||Tri-City Blue RAINED OUT||St. Anthony, 2:00 p.m.||--||--|
Playoffs: Monday, 7/21/08 - Saturday, 7/26/08
(See District 10 North Hennepin League web site for further info.
PRINT A LEAGUE PLAYOFF BRACKET HERE!
|27 - Tuesday, 7/22/08||Tri-City Blue||1||Andover (7 innings)||12||8||19|
|28 - Wednesday, 7/23/08||Ham Lake (Blaine)||9||Tri-City Blue||10||Northeast, 14th & Fillmore, 5:30 p.m.||9||19|
|29 - Thursday, 7/24/08||Tri-City Blue||3||Anoka||0||Anoka, Castle Field, 7 p.m.||10||19|
|30 - Friday, 7/25/08||Tri-City Blue||7||Andover||8||Coon Rapids, 5:30 p.m.||10||20|
|CONGRATULATIONS ON A FINE SUB-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT, BLUE!|
|District 10 Playoffs: Thursday, 7/31 - Sunday, 8/3/08 @ Braemar (Edina) and Dakota (St. Louis Park)|
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North Hennepin Playoffs: Monday, 7/21/08 through Saturday, 7/26/08
10th District Playoffs: Thursday, 7/31/08 through Sunday, 8/3/08
2008 MN State American Legion Tournament
The Annual Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Championship Tournament will be hosted by Bunsville. Play begins on Thursday, August 7, 2008 and continues through Sunday, August 10, 2006. Team check-in will take place on Wednesday, August 6, 2008, with the annual banquet being held that evening.
The 2008 Regional American Legion Tournaments will be held as follows:
Central Plains: Minot, ND Thursday, 8/14/08 - Monday, 8/18/08 Great Lakes: Chillicothe, OH Thursday, 8/14/08 - Monday, 8/18/08
The 2008 American Legion World Series will be held in Shelby, NC on Friday, August 22, 2008 through Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
For more information on the Regional and National Tournaments, visit Shelby's official web site, or take this link to the National American Legion Baseball Web Site.
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