2009 Tri-City Red

Last Updated: 7/23/09

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Season Notes & News

Season Kickoff Spaghetti Dinner A Success!
On Thursday, June 4, 2009, Tri-City Red held its annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser to kickoff the 2009 season, at which time this year's team captain's were announced -- David Freed, Brandon Hershey, and Philip Wessberg (Congratulations, guys!) In addition, the evening featured raffles, a silent auction, and plenty of time for catching up with old friends. And, many Tri-City Red alumni were present to thank and recognize Jeff Larsen, who hung up his uniform as Manager & Head Coach at the conclusion of the 2008 season. All in all, it was a fun and successful evening!

Tri-City Red 2009 Registration Information
Registration and tryout sessions have been completed for 2009 and the final roster has been selected. (See 2009 Roster section, below.) We appreciate the interest from all those who registered and tried out. For those interested in registering for Red in 2010, please refer to the following general information ...

In 2008, the eligibility and recruitment rules covering District 4 American Legion Baseball changed significantly. The new rules are complex, and determining the team for which a player is eligible to play can be confusing -- particularly if a player does not attend Mounds View High School (Tri-City Red's "base school."). Further, those who are not selected by Tri-City Red for the 2009 team have the option of trying out with other Legion programs, but determining which ones might be a difficult. To help with these issues, Tri-City has prepared an
summary of the Minnesota American Legion Recruiting and Eligibility Rules. This summary also lists neighboring Legion teams, as well as contact info for those teams. As always though, Tri-City Red staff is ready to help answer any questions about rules and eligility, so we would urge anyone who needs assistance to contact us!

In addition to American Legion Baseball, players should not overlook investigating the quality programs that are available through Shoreview Area Youth Baseball --

Tri-City Red Announces Tournament Schedule for 2009
This 2009 tournament schedule will include trips to Red's favorite and familiar venues -- the Princeton Invitational (June 19-21), the Fargo/Moorhead Invitational (6/26 - 6/28) and the Gopher Classic (7/10 - 7/14). For the Gopher Classic, Red will be playing close to home -- at Bethel University. Complete pairings for these tournaments are available in the Schedule & Results section below..

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 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. (Make sure to read all 3 pages!)

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 info@tricitybaseball.org.

Read about Tri-City Baseball in the Bulletin and Shoreview Press Newspapers
Stories can be accessed on The Bulletin's Sports page -- or by doing a search on The Bulletin's homepage. In addition, don't forget to check for articles in the Shoreview Press!

Statewide Legion Baseball Poll
The MN American Legion Baseball Statewide Coaches/Media Poll is again in operation for the 2009 season. Tri-City Red has been a fixture in the poll -- quite an accomplishment, considering there are over 350 Legion teams in Minnesota. 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. 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 almost 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 State site at www.mnlegion.org.) Take this link to District 6 (St. Cloud and Brainerd area teams.) You can also follow happenings in District 9 (NW Minnesota) on the web. And follow the District 10's North Hennepin League, and the 10th District at large, by visiting its website. Of course, don't forget to follow Red's sister team, TRI-CITY BLUE, which plays in that league. 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, as well:
Hamline, Alexandria, Eden Prairie, Excelsior, Burnsville, Hopkins, Chaska, Delano, 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 Season Highlights and Accomplishments:

2008 Full District 4 Schedule and Scores

Greg Schmidt's Game Summaries, Line Scores and Stories:
Season Preview:
Red Storm Tackles Winds of Change (PDF 249 KB)
Games 1-5 (through 6/19/08), : Hopkins, Hamline Purple (2) & Red, NE (PDF 20 KB)
Games 6-10 (through 6/22/08): WSP Moose Country Tournament (PDF 68 KB)
Games 11-14 (through 6/26/08): Arcade (2), NSP, Rosetown (PDF 22 KB)
Games 15-19 (through 6/29/08): Fargo-Moorhead Invitational Tournament (PDF 117 KB, with pictures)
Games 20-23 (through 7/5/08): White Bear, Delano Tournament (PDF 269 KB, with pictures)
Games 24-26 (through 7/10/08): Hamline Purple, Sierra Vista, Tri-City Blue (PDF 14 KB)
Games 27-31 (through 7/13/08): Gopher Classic Tournament (PDF 362 KB, with pictures)
Games 32-34, 36 (through 7/18/08): Hamline, NSP, Rosetown, Arcade (PDF 166 KB, with pictures)
Games 35, 37-38 (through 7/20/08): Princeton Tournament (PDF 505 KB, with pictures)
Games 39-44 (through 7/28/08): NE, WB, NE, WB, NSP, Rosetown (PDF, 19 KB)
Games 46-49 (through 8/2/08): District Playoffs (PDF 13 KB)

Tri-City Red 2008 Season Stat Summary (through regular season)

4th District Season Standings:
Games through Sunday, 7/12/09
District 4 page for all game scores!)

Place Team Win Loss Percent GB
1 Hamline Purple 10 2 .833 --
2 North St. Paul 9 2 .818 .5
3 Tri-City Red 8 4 .667 2
4 Rosetown 9 5 .643 2
5 Shoreview 5 6 .455 4.5
6 Hamline Red 5 7 .417 5
7 White Bear 4 9 .308 6.5
8 Arcade-Phalen 3 8 .273 6.5
9 North End 1 11 .083 9
Tie-breakers: 1) Head-to-head, 2) Least RA/innings played; 3) Most RS/innings played, 4) Coin flip.

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2009 Official Team Roster

Printable Roster (2009)

Inquiries from scouts can be directed to Rus Poser (651-343-4500)

2008 Tri-City Red Team Picture
(2009's is not yet available)
(PDF: 169 KB)

Name (*Captains) High School Uniform # Position(s) Height Weight Bats Throws Grad Yr.
Blumer, Brad Mounds View 5 Infield, Pitcher 6'2" 180 R R 2009
Bradley, Eric Mounds View 9 Catcher, Pitcher, Infield, Outfield 6'3" 175 R R 2010
Freed, David Mounds View 13 Pitcher, Infield 5'11" 180 L L 2009
Gallagher, Andy Mounds View (Univ St Thomas) 7 Pitcher 6'0" 180 R R 2008
Gazich, Tony Mounds View 15 Pitcher, Infield, Outfield 6'3" 185 L R 2010
Hershey, Brandon Mounds View 25 Infield 6'1" 175 L R 2009
Iliff, Nathan Mounds View 17 Pitcher 5'11" 150 R R 2010
Imdieke, Ethan Totino Grace 4 Infield, Pitcher 5'10" 155 R R 2009
Jensen, Mike Mounds View 8 Infield, Outfield 5'11" 155 R R 2010
Kelly, Joe Mounds View 19 Outfield 6'3" 165 L R 2010
Kimball, Ben Totino Grace 2 Infield 5'9" 165 R R 2010
Mauricio, Kyle Mounds View 12 Catcher, Infield, Outfield 5'9" 180 L R 2010
Nickols, Jesse Mounds View 11 Outfield, Pitcher 6'2" 180 R R 2009
Nordling, Chris Mounds View 1 Infield 5'7" 140 R R 2010
Porten, Jason Mounds View 3 Infield, Pitcher 6'0" 155 R R 2010
Roman, Robert Mounds View 10 Infield 5'11" 190 R R 2010
Stacy, Greg Mounds View 14 Catcher, Infield 5'10" 180 R R 2010
Wessberg, Phil Mounds View (Bethany Lutheran College) 6 Catcher, Pitcher 5'8" 175 R R 2008

2009 Coaching Staff

General Business Manager/Legion Adjutant: Norb Stachowski
Team Manager/Head Coach: Russ Poser, #22
Assistant Coach: Isaac Hamilton, #16 Team Aministration Manager: Gail Kalata

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2009 Season Schedule & Results

2009 Printable Schedule
(last updated 6/12/09)

*Denotes 4th District League Game

Game # / Date Team Score vs. Team (Home) Score at Field W L
Note: Some links to park locations are via the MN State HS League's school web pages -- on those pages, look for school's address and small green map icon -- upper right of page..
-- Friday, 6/12/09 Tri-City Red (CANCELED)   Tri-City Blue   6:00 pm, Palm Field, St. Anthony HS    
-- Saturday, 6/13/09 TBD (Hopkins CANCELED)   Tri-City Red   10:00 am, Mounds View HS    
-- Saturday, 6/13/09 TBD (Eden Prairie CANCELED)   Tri-City Red   4:00 pm., Mounds View HS    
1 - Monday, 6/15/09* Rosetown 13 Tri-City Red (5 innings) 3 6:00 pm, Mounds View HS 0 1
2 - Wednesday, 6/17/09* Tri-City Red 3 Arcade-Phalen (11 innings) 1 6:00 pm, St. Paul Johnson HS 1 1
3 - Thursday, 6/18/09* Tri-City Red 5 White Bear 1 6:00 pm, White Bear North Campus* 2 1
*Field is on Bald Eagle at 9th Street. From I-694, go north on Hwy 61, left (west) on 4th to Bald Eagle, then north on Bald Eagle. Alternate route: Go East on Hwy 96, then left at White Bear Parkway (first light after the freeway.) Follow that around, and it becomes Ninth Street, which will run right into the ball park.
Princeton Invitational Tournament: 39th Annual: (Print Complete Tournament Pairings)
Tournament Notes:

Participants: Pool A-Tri-City Red, Fridley, and Princeton (host); Pool B-Rogers, St. Francis, and Grand Rapids.

The city of Princeton is located off of Highway 169, north of Elk River and Zimmerman. Take the Rum River Dr. exit (when traveling north on 169 --it's the 1st exit for Princeton, which is also indicated as the exit for the hospital and airport. You'll see the ballpark lights in the distance, to the N/NW.) At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right on Rum River Dr. Continue to 5th Street; go left on 5th (westbound). Continue roughly 6 blocks (you'll likely see signs for Mark Park along the way.) You will come to a T. Turn right, then a quick left into the parking lot. The parking lot also serves as the entry drive for Princeton's waterpark, Splash Park.

Tri-City Red has won this tournament more times than any other teams -- 6 (1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007). In 2008, Tri-City Red finished 3rd, behind perennial greats Eden Prairie and Grand Rapids, who placed 1st and 2nd, respectively.

If you have not been to the Princeton tournament previously, it will quickly become your favorite -- great field, great hosts, great food, great stories, great time!...and, unfortunately, you'll likely have to listen to us "old-timers" relive the '99 team's feats at Princeton.

4 - Friday, 6/19/09 Tri-City Red 8 Fridley 4 Mark Park, Princeton, 4:00 p.m. 3 1
5 - Friday, 6/20/09 Tri-City Red (11 innings) 9 Princeton 2 Mark Park, Princeton, 7:00 p.m. 4 1
6 - Sunday, 6/21/09 Grand Rapids (Championship Game) 2 Tri-City Red 7 Mark Park, Princeton, 4 pm 5 1
Tournament Notes: CONGRATULATIONS, RED on bringing home the hardware from Princeton !!! Fridley took 3rd place with a 4-3 win over Rogers; St. Francis took 5th place with a 5-2 win over Princeton in 8 innings.
7 - Monday, 6/22/09* Hamline Purple 3 Tri-City Red 2 6:00 pm, Mounds View HS 5 2
8 - Wednesday, 6/24/09* Hamline Red 1 Tri-City Red 3 6:00 pm, Mounds View HS 6 2
9 - Thursday, 6/25/09* Tri-City Red 1 North St. Paul 2 6 p.m., Legion Field*, North St. Paul 6 3
*From Highway 36, go north on McKnight to 11th Ave East, right/east on 11th Avenue, then right/south on 3rd Street North. Parking is on the right, just north of tennis courts. Ball field is just south of tennis courts.
37th Annual Fargo-Moorhead Invitational Tournament: (Print Complete Tournament Pairings)
Tournament Notes: Pool Play format (2 pools, 6 teams each), played at Jack Williams Stadium (Fargo, Press Box Phone: 701-232-1631) and Matson Field (Moorhead; concession stand phone: 218-299-5086). Tri-City Red won this tourney championship in 2008 against very tough competition, as is always the case with the Fargo/Moorhead Invitational!

2009 Participants = Tri-City Red, Fargo Post 2, Moorhead Blues, West Fargo Patriots, Eau Claire WI, Omaha Diginerou, Detroit Lakes, DePere WI, Sioux Falls East SD, Mandan ND Chiefs, Mitchell SD, and New Ulm Gold. (View/print the complete tournament pairings.)

See a detailed map of the area in which the parks are located -- they are in close proximity to each other (a toll bridge across the Red River actually connects the two parks -- the bridge runs along 15th Avenue on the MN side and 12th Avenue on the Fargo side.) The addres of Jack Williams Stadium is 10 11th Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102, just east of the NDSU campus. Matson Field is at the intersection of 15th Avenue North/Hwy 83 and 11st Street (enter parking lot on 15th Avenue). As always, "look for the lights," when approaching the area. Also, see a list of general location and phone numbers of parks.

The team will be staying at the Fargo Comfort Suites, 701-237-5911, Link to Google Map) More information on lodging arrangements for players, as well as reservation instructions for parents, will be provided in May. There are also many other hotels in the immediate area, including a Holiday Inn Express (link to Google map) and a Holiday Inn (link to Google map). Info regarding player transportation to Fargo will be communicated as the tournament approaches.

During/after the tourney, make sure to search for stories at the The Fargo Forum Website: Newspaper Sports Section (use their on-site search engine to find articles on American Legion Baseball, Tri-City Red, Fargo-Moorhead tournament, etc.)
10 - Friday, 6/26/09 Tri-City Red 6 New Ulm Gold 7 3:30 pm, Matson Field, Moorhead 6 4
11 - Friday, 6/26/09 Tri-City Red 7 Moorhead 8 6:00 pm, Matson Field, Moorhead 6 5
12 - Saturday, 6/27/09 Tri-City Red 15 West Fargo 3 8:00 am, Matson Field, Moorhead 7 5
13 - Saturday, 6/27/09 Mandan 7 Tri-City Red 6 10:30 am, Matson Field, Moorhead 7 6
14 - Sunday, 6/28/09 Eau Claire 4 Tri-City Red 8 10:30 am, Matson Feild, Moorhead 8 6
Tournament Notes:  
15 - Monday, 6/29/09* North End 2 Tri-City Red 7 6:00 pm, Mounds View HS 9 6
16 - Wednesday, 7/1/09* White Bear 1 Tri-City Red 6 6:00 pm, Mounds View HS 10 6
17 - Thursday, 7/2/09* Tri-City Red 9 Hamline Red 6 6:00 pm, Highland Park HS 11 6
18 - Monday, 7/6/09* Tri-City Red 0 Hamline Purple (no hitter) 8 6:00 pm, Cretin-Derham Hall HS 11 7
19 - Wedensday, 7/8/09* Shoreview Area Legion 2 Tri-City Red 6 8:00 pm, Midway Stadium 12 7
20 - Thursday, 7/9/09* Tri-City Red 6 North End 2 6:00 pm, Midway Stadium 13 7
Gopher Classic Tournament: (Gopher Classic Web Page)
Tournament Notes:

The Gopher Classic is a highly-competitive, 48-team pool play tournament, with participating teams coming from all over the nation. The tournament stretches over five days, with the championship game being held in the Metrodome. (Tri-City Red won the Gopher Classic in 1999!) This year, Tri-City Red will play its pool play games at the Hargis Park site (Bethel University). See the Gopher Classic web page for lots of additional information!

21 - Friday, 7/10/09 Elk Grove, IL 6 Tri-City Red (8 innings) 3 8:30 am, Hargis Park, Bethel Univ. 13 8
22 - Friday, 7/10/09 New Ulm Gold 3 Tri-City Red 0 11:00 am, Hargis Park, Bethel Univ. 13 9
23 - Saturday, 7/11/09 Tri-City Red 2 DePere, WI 6 1:30 pm, Hargis Park, Bethel Univ. 13 10
24 - Sunday, 7/12/09 Tri-City Red 9 Richfield (2008 Gopher Champ) 7 4:00 pm, Hargis Park, Bethel Univ. 14 10
25 - Sunday, 7/12/09 Sartell 5 Tri-City Red 3 6:30 pm, Hargis Park, Bethel Univ. 14 11
Tournament Notes: Pool records: Elk Grove 4-1 (advances from pool), DePere 4-1, New Ulm Gold 3-2, Sartell 2-3, TCRed 1-4, Richfield 1-4.
26 - Monday, 7/13/09* Arcade-Phalen 2 Tri-City Red 3 6:00 pm, Mounds View HS 15 11
27 - Wednesday, 7/15/09* Tri-City Red 3 Rosetown 4 6:00 p.m., Rosetown 15 12
*Field is behind (south of) the Rosetown Legion. Park in Legion parking lot (on Rosetown Court) or in Central Park parking lot (on west side of Dale St., midway between County Road C and County Road B2.)
28 - Thursday, 7/16/09* North St. Paul 11 Tri-City Red 4 7:00 p.m., Midway Stadium 15 13
29 - Friday, 7/17/09 Tri-City Red (wood bats) 6 Excelsior (metal bats) 12 4 pm, Mtka HS-Veterans Field (9 inn) 15 14
30 - Saturday, 7/18/09 Tri-City Red (wood bats) 3 Eden Prairie (metal bats) 8 innings 13 6 pm, Round Lake Statdium, Eden Prairie HS (9 inn game) 15 15
31 - Monday, 7/20/09* Tri-City Red 3 Shoreview Area Legion 0 6:00 pm, Irondale HS 16 15
District 4 Playoffs: (see next section, below, for bracket and most up-to-date schedule/score information)
32 - Tuesday, 7/21/09 Shoreview   Tri-City Red   5 pm, Midway Stadium    
33 - Wednesday, 7/22/09 8 pm @ Midway if win above   5 pm @ NSP if lose above        
Tournament Notes:  
Minnesota State Tournament:
Thurs, 7/30/09 - Sun, 8/2/09 Click on link above for complete scores!       New Ulm    
Tournament Notes:  

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2009 District Tournament

View and/or Print a 2009 4th District Tournament Bracket
(Field designations are subject to change) PDF File: 8 KB

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To view the complete tournament schedule in table format, as well as other information,
Visit the District 4 Page within this Site

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2009 Minnesota State Tournament

The Annual Minnesota State American Legion Baseball Championship Tournament will be hosted by New Ulm. Play begins on Thursday, July 30, 2009 and continues through Sunday, August 2, 2009. Team check-in will take place on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, with the annual banquet being held that evening.


2009 State Tournament
Information & Details at the Official State Tournament Website

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2009 Regional Championship Tournaments

The 2009 Regional American Legion Tournaments will be held as follows:

Central Plains: Minnetonka, MN Thursday, 8/6/09 - Monday, 8/10/09
Great Lakes: Appleton, WI Thursday, 8/6/09 - Monday, 8/10/09


2009 World Series National Championship Tournament

The 2009 (84th) American Legion World Series will be held in Fargo, ND on Friday, August 14, 2009 through Tuesday, August 18, 2009.

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

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Post Season Events & Awards

41st Annual Fourth District American Legion Baseball Banquet:

41st Annual 4th District American Legion Baseball Banquet
Monday, July 27, 2009

North St. Paul American Legion Post #39
2678 7th Avenue East, North St. Paul, MN 55109

PREGAME: 6:00 p.m.; DINNER: 7:00 p.m.
COST: $10 / person

Parents, family & Friends: Contact Gail for Tickets!




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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