The Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame inducted four new members — Flensburg/Randall's Roger Fregin, Richmond's Dave "Ponch" Rausch, Brownton's Doug Schuette and Glencoe's Dave Sell — at a ceremony on Sept. 17 at River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.
Here's a brief look at each inductee's bona fides.
Roger Fregin played high school baseball for Little Falls and helped the Flyers to a state championship in 1979. Fregin continued his career at St. Cloud State University, where he played from 1979 to 1981, and played 18 years of amateur baseball — 12 with the Flensburg Falcons and six for the Randall Cubs.
Fregin has taught in Randall since graduating from SCSU and remains active in the Little Falls community, coaching and helping to develop the Junior Victory League, which provides baseball opportunities for second-through-eighth-graders in Morrison County. Fregin is also a supporter of the Little Falls Flyers Booster Club and is a member of the Little Falls High School Hall of Fame.
Dave "Ponch" Rausch
Dave "Ponch" Rausch has been a fixture of Richmond baseball for more than 50 years. Rausch played Pee Wee, Midget, Little League and high school baseball in Cold Spring and amateur ball with the Richmond Royals from 1963 to 1992, and also served as Royals manager from 1991 to 1997 and in 1999, guiding Richmond to the Class C state tournament in six of his nine years at the helm.
Rausch helped spearhead numerous ballpark improvements in Richmond, including installing an electronic scoreboard and an underground sprinkler system and building new grandstands and restrooms. Ponch also raised funds through the Richmond Lions Club to help with these field improvements.
Retirement as player and manager has not slowed Rausch down: the U.S. Navy veteran has been umpiring games since 1998. A member of the American Legion and former Richmond City Council member, Rausch is also an active member of Richmond's Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council.
Doug Schuette's name has been synonymous with "Brownton baseball" for the better part of six decades. Schuette played third base for the Browntown Bears in high school and the Brownton legion team in the summer. Schuette's amateur career began as a player before he transitioned to full-time manager: Schuette played for 25 years — 17 as player-manager — before hanging up his cleats and assuming full-time manager duties, which he's held for the past 31 years.
As manager, Schuette also prepares Brownton's field for play and oversees all the major work on the facility. Schuette has served as league officer and also tournament chair or co-chair of field preparation for numerous American Legion tournaments and for four Minnesota State Amateur tournaments.
In addition to his amateur manager post, Schuette also coached the Brownton legion team for 30-plus years and is an active member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as a deacon.
Dave Sell has been a Glencoe mainstay since his earliest days: Sell played Pee Wee, Midgets, VFW, Legion and high school baseball in Glencoe. After high school, Sell played baseball at Anoka Ramsey Community College and Mayville State and amateur ball for the Glencoe Brewers.
Sell has been involved with Brewers baseball since 1982 as both a player and manager, and helped guide them to a Class C state title in 1998 as manager. Sell also coaches junior varsity baseball at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School and has coached baseball in Glencoe's community education program. The long-time coach has helped organize a wood-bat tournament for 10-to-15 year-olds.
Off the field, Sell is also an active member of the Glencoe baseball board and cares for Vollmer Field, and has been a tournament director for four state amateur baseball tournaments co-hosted by Glencoe.
For more information on the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, visit www.mnamateurbaseballhof or visit the Hall of Fame's museum at River's Edge Convention Center in downtown St. Cloud.