Posted on June 21, 2012 by CJ Siewert
As most teams across the State are hitting mid-season form at the “half-way” point of their 2012 campaigns, a slew of tournaments are set to take place this weekend.
Below you will find the tournaments going on this weekend and links to the brackets, as well as a few notes from myself.
Miller High Life Invite (Gaylord/Arlington, June 21-24)
Bracket – http://www.gaylordislanders.com/
Lake Crystal Nine vs. Winthrop Eagles (2-5)
Brownton Bruins (11-9) vs. Kasson Coyotes
Arlington A’s vs. Savage Outlaws (10-0)
Willmar Rails vs. Fort Ripley Rebels
Le Sueur Braves vs. St. Peter Saints (7-5)
Lake Henry vs. Windom Pirates
Gaylord Islanders (2-5) vs. Bird Island Bullfrogs (7-6)
Owatonna Aces (13-1) vs. Pipestone A’s
CJ’s Notes: This tourney is full of sleepers, but I see the Savage Outlaws making it to the finals out of the top bracket and the Owatonna Aces making a run in the bottom half. Savage is undefeated (10-0) thus far and Owatonna (13-1) is coming off an invitational victory last weekend at the Highway 55 Tournament. I obviously have some bias since my team is a participant, but don’t rule out St. Peter. The Saints are coming off a huge upset victory over Class B powerhouse Victoria on Tuesday night. St. Peter defeated the Vics 7-6 in 13 innings.
- In the event of inclement weather, all winners bracket games will take priority. All teams are guaranteed at least two games.
- This tournament is a major fundraiser for the A's and the Islanders to go towards park improvements, so your support of our concession stands is greatly appreciated.
- $2 for adults on Thursday and $4 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket is good for both parks for the day.
- Rules: All games are 7 innings. Ten-run rule will be applied after 5 innings. Pro-slide will be applied at all bases except home where the college slide rule will be enforced...no plowing. We will be using Northwest Umpires for the tourney. If a player is thrown out of any game that player is ineligible for the rest of the tournament. Courtesy runners will be allowed for catchers at any time to allow for faster pace of play.
- There will be a band in the Arlington parking lot on Saturday night if you are planning on sticking around.
Miller Lite Invitational (Hamburg/Green Isle, June 21-24)
Hamburg Hawks (8-5) vs. Chanhassen Red Birds (8-4)
Fairmont Martins vs. Montgomery Mallards (5-7)
Sacred Heart Saints (6-7) vs. Blue Earth Pirates (15-1)
Spring Hill Chargers vs. Dassel-Cokato Saints (13-6)
Green Isle Irish (11-3) vs. New Prague Orioles (12-2)
Loretto Larks (8-4) vs. Mankato Mets
Waconia Lakers (10-3) vs. Nisswa Lightning (10-7)
Minneapolis vs. St. Joseph Saints (8-5-1)
CJ’s Notes: Quite a few big-name teams involved. In the top bracket, Chanhassen is having a break-out season to date, while Blue Earth has lost just one of its 16 games this season. The Pirates also won the Belle Plaine tournament two weekends ago. In the bottom half, I’ll tab the Green Isle/New Prague game as the first round game to watch. Host Green Isle is 11-3, while the Orioles are 12-2 and fresh off a tourney title in their own town on June 3. Waconia (10-3) is also in the bottom bracket and will be tough to beat.
SPAMtown Challenge (Austin, June 21-24)
Pool A: Austin Greyhounds, Cold Spring Springers, Appleton Legends (WI), Forest Lake Brewers
Pool B: Burnsville Bobcats, Chaska Cubs, St. Paul Capitals, Austin Blue Sox
Pool C: Dundas Dukes, Minnetonka Millers, Westmont Red Sox (IL), Sparta Millers (WI)
Pool D: Rochester Royals, Moorhead Brewers, Kewaskum A’s (WI), Illinois Valley Eagles (IL)
CJ’s Notes: This tourney is intriguing to me because I have no idea how the out-of-state teams will fair. I will say, though, that Cold Spring is a top contender in Pool A, Chaska is strong in Pool B, Minnetonka won the Dundas Invitational three weeks ago and will compete in Pool C, and Moorhead is accustom to tough competition, as it will play in Pool D. Dundas is the returning champion after defeating Rochester in the finals last year.
Tournament Notes: The mission of this event is to showcase a high level of baseball competition on some of the finest baseball facilities in Minnesota - Marcusen Park and Riverland. The SPAMtown Challenge began in 2005. Since then it has evolved into one of the most elite semi-pro baseball tournaments in the Midwest. Teams travel from IL, WI, MN, ND, SD and IA and some have even made the journey all the way from NY.
Tournament passes are available for $12 good for any game. Daily admission is $5.
Concessions - Beer - Hog Roast - Live Music - Fire Pits - Yard Games - and BASEBALL!
Saturday night will feature the Marcusen Park Block party starting around 7:30 p.m. The Kid Kroc Band will take the stage right after the Greyhounds game – rain or shine, under the party tent.
Stockmen’s Invitational (Stockmen’s Irish, South St. Paul)
Thursday, June 21st
6:15pm - Highland Park vs. Minneapolis Cobras (12-8)
8:45pm - Stockmen's Irish (10-3) vs. Minneapolis Cobras
Saturday, June 23rd
11:00am - Lyon's Pub vs. Rosetown A's
2:00pm - Rosetown A's (5-5) vs. St. Louis Park (15-5)
5:00pm - St. Louis Park vs. Lyon's Pub (5-13)
8:00pm - Stockmen's Irish vs. Highland Park
Sunday, June 26th
11:00am - 5th place, 2:00pm - 3rd place, 5:00pm - Championship
CJ’s Notes: Although there are only six teams, there should be some quality baseball played here. The Minneapolis Cobras have already been a part of two invitational tourneys this year, winning the consolation title at the New Prague tourney and taking second at the Cannon Falls. The host-Irish are 10-3, but I think St. Louis Park may have the edge, though, since its played 20 games already with 15 victories.
Friday, June 22
6 pm – Mora (11-2) vs. Elko (8-6)
8 pm – Hinckley (7-6) vs. Kensington
Saturday, June 23
10 am – Shakopee Coyotes (4-9) vs. Buffalo
12:30 – Champlin vs. Maple Plain (6-8)
CJ’s Notes: Not a whole lot of information on this eight-team tourney. I’ll favor Mora simply based on its 11-2 record.
Carver/Cologne Tourney (June 23-24)
Cologne (5-9) vs. Rockford
Ortonville (10-1) vs. Cleveland Condors
Carver (9-6) vs. Elmwood
Mound vs. Webster
CJ’s Notes: Also not a whole lot of info here. Ortonville will be my favorite with a 10-1 record.