Tri-City Blue 2008

Last updated: 7/25/08



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2008 Season Notes & News

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. Anthony HS
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 Honorees
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

Elmer Buttweiler's Passing
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 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'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

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.

2008 Registration
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


2008 Coaching Staff

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 Season Schedule & Results

2008 Printable Schedule
Revised 7/3/08
*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
Tournament Notes:  
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. -- --
Leauge Playoffs: Monday, 7/21/08 - Saturday, 7/26/08 (See District 10 North Hennepin League web site for further info.
Playoff Notes:  
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
District 10 Playoffs: Thursday, 7/31 - Sunday, 8/3/08 @ Braemar (Edina) and Dakota (St. Louis Park)
Tournament Notes:  

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2008 District Playoffs/Tournament

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.

2008 State Tournament
Information & Details at the Official State Tournament Website


2008 Regional Championship Tournaments

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


2008 World Series National Championship Tournament

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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400 Old Highway #8 N.W.
New Brighton, MN 55112
Phone: (651) 631-1124
Fax: (651) 631-1359

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