Posted on June 1, 2012 by CJ Siewert
Story courtesy of http://www.sartellmuskies.com/
Sluggers Highlight Muskies Tournament | Bracket
The Muskies are set to host the 6th annual Omann Insurance Invite this weekend. The same 8 teams return from last season, which guarantees some excellent baseball.
The Muskies open the tournament Friday night, June 1st (7:30 PM) against the defending tournament champion Nisswa Lightning. Nisswa finished last season in the final 6 at the state tournament, and this season have added slugger Jeremiah Piepkorn. Piepkorn played 4 years in the minors in Cinncinnati Reds organization, and parts of the last 3 seasons for the Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks. He finished last season with the Sauk Rapids Cyclones and helped them win the class 'B' state tournament while earning the MVP of the state tournament.
The co-host St. Steven Steves open their half of the bracket at 11:30 Saturday in St. Stephen against the Detroit Lakes Angels. Other first round matchups feature Winsted vs. Isanti (10:30 Saturday in Sartell) and Lastrup vs. Springfield (1:00 Saturday in Sartell). A complete bracket is attached to this article.
The Isanti Redbirds finished 2nd in the 2011 Omann Insurance Invite, losing to Nisswa. They avenged that loss in the 4th round of the state tournament on their way to winning the class 'C' state tournament. Like Nisswa, they've also added one of the best sluggers in the state, picking up Jake Maros from Princeton. Nisswa already has former MIAC MVP Kyle Johnson and a deep state tournament tested lineup.
Isanti will be tested in the first round by a very good Winsted team, led by former Winona State star Joe Kley. Winsted played this tournament without Kley last year because he was busy batting cleanup in the Division II Championship tournament. Kley was also MVP of this tournament in 2008.
Other notable sluggers in this tournament include Rick Schlieman of Lastrup, Travis Phelps of St. Stephen, and Tim Burns of the Muskies.