Minnesota has a national champion! Team Maxbat won the National Adult Baseball Association World Series by defeating the Colorado Reds 3-2 in Phoenix, Arizona on October ninth.
Maxbat was a perfect 7-0 (with one tie) beating Denver 5-1, Arizona 17-2, Reno 12-2, Whittier 7-4, Las Vegas 10-6, and Denver 11-1 before handling the Colorado Reds in the championship. Maxbat tied Northern Illinois 10-10. In that game, they faced "the real deal" JD Durbin, a former Minnesota Twin, who relieved the last three innings. Maxbat scored three runs off the 95 mile an hour fireballer in the ninth to tie and then the time limit kicked in.
"It was a lot of fun with a good group of guys," said manager Aaron Olson of Shakopee. "We saved a bunch of pitching as Fuller (Todd) only threw one inning and Tony Nelson (Little Falls/Winona) only threw two innings because we hit the crap out of the ball."
Matt Mann (Victoria) was declared the tournament MVP. He was 18 for 34 with two home runs, one double and one triple. Mann, Aaron Olson, Jeremy Hinderks Chris Volkman (St. Michael) and Mike Peschel (Moorhead) all hit over .400 with Sam Rothstein coming in at .393.
Brook Lyter (Moorhead) threw 12 innings in two apppearances getting two wins. He is 40 years old and still rolling. Jeremy Hinderks (Sacred Heart) also got two wins and struck out 15 along the way. Cody Hallahan (Green Isle), Scott Hollingsworth (Jordan), and Tony Nelson all earned one win in the tournament.
They expect to receive their championship rings in the mail before Christmas. Well done!