Cold Spring and Watkins prepare to host 2015 State Tournament

Posted on Aug. 11, 2015 by Trent Jackson

Cold Spring and Watkins will host the 2015 Class B and C tournaments August 21-September 7. Both Cold Spring and Watkins have made significant improvements to their ballparks and are looking forward to hosting the most exciting tournament of the summer.

Cold Spring Baseball Park, built in the 1920’s, is hosting their first state tournament since 2002. Cold Spring Springers manager Dave Hinkemeyer discussed the new upgrades for the upcoming tournament, stemming from a brand new concession stand. The concession stand is a new building on the field level between the grandstand and the first base dugout. Party decks are featured above the concession stand and are connected by a walkway. The deck is named “Deck 87” after current NFL player and Cold Spring native Eric Decker. Decker has made a significant contribution to the Cold Spring projects.

Brand new aluminum seating is featured in the grandstand area to replace the old wooden bleachers. The first base dugout is also completely redone, which includes a locker room area. Other areas that were tuned up include the third base dugout, the press box, and the playing field itself.

Cold Spring is also working on another project that they are hoping to finish by tournament time. A granite wall will be placed near the entry way that features sponsors and a picture of the park.

“I think I can speak for everyone that is involved that we are proud of our baseball park. We are looking forward to showcasing it to the rest of the state,” said Hinkemeyer.

Watkins will be hosting the state tournament for the first time. Watkins baseball field, built in 1982, has lots of new upgrades all over the park. The new renovations include: new dugouts, fencing, bathrooms, scoreboard, a whole new infield, concession stand, and a new grandstand. The new grandstand can hold 287 people and features seats from the Metrodome. New additions to the park include party decks with bars included on the first and third base line, and navy blue padding along the walls from the dugout and behind home plate.

Between $280,000-300,000 has been put into the renovations of the ballpark.  

Bruce Geislinger, Mr. “do it all” for Watkins, is lots of help around the park and is excited to host the tournament. “I’m excited about the playing surface. I think it is absolutely beautiful. I’ve had so many comments of people saying, is this infield grass real?” said Geislinger.

“The reason why I originally pushed for this is because I wanted to build a ballpark that is in the level of Cold Spring, Jordan, and Belle Plaine, to get to the next step. Hosting the state tournament has given us the opportunity to do that. I am excited to showcase this to all the people that are going to come here. The little town of Watkins has something unbelievable,” said Geislinger.  

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