2012 season in review

Posted on January 8, 2013 by CJ Siewert

The 2012 calendar year is in the books and it was another memorable year for Minnesota amateur baseball. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the highlights of the 2012 season.

Early no-hitters

Andy Gibart, Josh Thygesen and Dustin LaRue (Red Wing) vs. Hampton – May 6

Matt Neuger, Jeff Brisbos and Jeremiah Leiviska (Dundas) vs. Wanamingo – May 9

Kyle Green (Shakopee Indians) vs. Henderson – May 22

Eric Pokornowski (Cokato) vs. Dassel-Cokato – May 25

Chris Knoll (Green Isle) vs. St. Boni – May 31

Mitch Wurm (Maple Lake) vs. Buffalo – June 2

State Tourney: Kyle Collins (Avon) vs. Cannon Falls – September 1 

Invitational tournament champions

Shakopee Indians – 2012 Northwest Amateur Baseball Championships (Fargo-Moorhead)

Sobieski Skis – Stearns County Classic

Lastrup Lakers – 6th Annual Omann Insurance Invite (Sartell)

New Prague Orioles – New Prague Invite

Minnetonka Millers – Dundas InvitationalSPAMtown Challenge (Austin)

Metro Merchants – Cannon Falls Tourney

Blue Earth Pirates – 14th Annual Tigertown Classic (Belle Plaine)Hamburg/Green Isle Miller Lite Invitational

Owatonna Aces – HWY 55 TourneyHigh Life Invite (Arlington/Gaylord)

Moorhead Bluejays – Buffalo City Classic (N.D.)

Victoria Vic’s – Victoria Tournament 

Stockmen’s Irish – Stockmen’s Irish tournament

Elmwood Expos (Wis.) – Carver Cologne Tournament

Prior Lake Mudcats – Howard Lake Good Neighbor Days Tournament

Buffalo Bulldogs – Hinckley tournament

Midway Snurdbirds – 6th Annual Nimrod Invite

Red Wing Aces – 2012 Jordan/Shakopee Coors Light Classic

Best Minnesota ballparks

A week-long poll conducted on the MBA home and social media pages to determine the “Best Amateur Ballpark in Minnesota” brought in hundreds of votes and a top-5 was named.

1. “Jack Ruhr Field” Miesville

2. “Original Ballpark in Arlington”

3. “Mini Met” Jordan

4. “Athletic Park” Chaska

5. “Irish Yard” Green Isle

New park… The Milroy Irish opened their new home, “Irish Yard” on June 2. 


The first Class C rankings were released on May 25 with the 2011 State runner-up Waconia Lakers topping the list. Seven of the initial top-10 teams reached the State tournament (Waconia, Blue Earth, Jordan, Fergus Falls, Winsted, Sobieski and Lastrup), while the Maple Lake Lakers claimed the title after receiving only one vote on May 25.  

After bi-weekly polls, the final Class C rankings of the season were released on July 20 with Lastrup at the top. Reminiscent of the first rankings, seven top-10 teams made it to the State tourney (Lastrup, Blue Earth, Midway, Waconia, Jordan, Sobieski and Union Hill). At this point, Maple Lake received only a half vote.

The Class B rankings also concluded on July 20 and four of the top-10 made the eight-team State tourney (Mankato, Sauk Rapids, Cold Spring and Victoria). The Mankato Twins held the first place vote in all three polls throughout the season and finished fifth at State, while Victoria claimed its first title after being ranked No. 5.

State Champions

Class A – Minnetonka Millers

The Millers claimed their 11th Class A State Championship at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington with an 11-5 victory over the Minneapolis Angels.

Class B – Victoria Vic’s

The Vic’s claimed their first-ever State title with a 5-3 win in game one and 4-1 win in game two against Cold Spring in the Class B title game at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. 

Class C – Maple Lake Lakers

The Lakers claimed the Class C title with a 6-4 victory over the Fairmont Martins at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud, marking the third time Maple Lake won a State title, but first since 1939. 

2012 Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame inductees

Dennis “Soup” Campbell – Winsted

Don Giesen – Union Hill

Bob Karn – St. Cloud

Herb Kock – Loretto

Jime Peck – Excelsior

Carl “Red” Wyczawski – New Ulm

In memorial

William “Mac” McGowan – Gibbon (1908-2012)

Tom Gwaltney – Lake City (1942-2012)

Mike Downes Award

Gerry “Mize” Meyer of Belle Plaine received the 2012 Mike Downes Award for “outstanding service to Minnesota Amateur Baseball.”

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