Posted on January 21, 2013 by CJ Siewert
The excitement of the 2013 season is picking up and yet another invitational tournament has determined its field. The Arlington A’s and Gaylord Islanders have announced the 16-team field for their annual Miller High Life Invite, which will take place on June 20-23.
The Owatonna Aces are coming back to defend their title against a field that includes five teams from last year’s State Tournament – Bird Island, Cannon Falls, Lake Henry, Midway and New London-Spicer. The rest of the field includes Gaylord, Henderson, Lake Crystal, Milroy Irish, Mound, Pipestone, Savage, St. Peter, Watkins and Willmar. There are seven teams new to the tourney and 11 different leagues represented.
Bracket pairings will be announced within a couple weeks. Until that point, here are the details.
- 16-team dual-site modified double elimination format
- Seven-inning games played under MBA rules (10-run rule after five innings)
- Northwest Umpire Association will handle all games
- Live entertainment on Saturday night in the Arlington parking lot
- Visiting team for first round games will be the teams that traveled the furthest
- After first round, home team will be determined by coin flip
- Slide rule: pro-slide on the bases and college slide at home plate
- Ejected players are suspended for the remainder of the tourney
- Courtesy runners for pitchers and catchers at any time
Last year’s results…
In Arlington and Gaylord, the Owatonna Aces claimed the title at the High Life Invite, defeating the previously unbeaten Savage Outlaws 9-7. Brandon Wolf was named tourney MVP after hitting the game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth [WATCH VIDEO].
Sunday consolation bracket:
Arlington 3, Brownton 2
Pipestone 1, Le Sueur 0
Pipestone 11, Arlington 4 (Pipestone Consolation Champs)
Sunday championship bracket:
Savage 8, Lake Crystal 1
Owatonna 8, Lake Henry 6
Owatonna 9, Savage 7 (Owatonna Champions)
Brandon Wolf (DH) from Owatonna was named the tournament MVP. He capped off a wonderful tournament at the plate with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put the Aces up 9-7, securing the championship.