Inaugural Town Ball Classic a success

Posted on June 29, 2015 by CJ Siewert

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It was a perfect day for baseball Saturday at Target Field as six teams participated in the inaugural Town Ball Classic, which was put together by 1500 ESPN radio out of the Twin Cities.

The purpose of the event was the showcase Minnesota town team baseball at the best ballpark in the state and the six teams were more than excited to fulfill that purpose.

The opening game featured the Chanhassen Red Birds vs. the Faribault Lakers. The Lakers got on the board early with two runs in the first inning and never looked back. They added a run in the second, two in the fourth and four in the fifth for a 9-0 lead before the Red Birds finally scored three runs in the sixth to end the shutout.

The game was called a final after eight innings due to a strict two and one-half hour time limit as the Lakers claimed the 9-3 victory.

To make it a fitting end to the game, Chris Reuvers – the brainchild of the event – caught the final out in right field.

Jack Helgeson earned the win in relief for the Lakers and Justin Kurth took the loss for Chan.

There was a little more at stake in the second game of the day between the Mankato Twins and Shakopee Indians as it was a Section 3 seeding game.

The battle between the Twins and Indians (not to be mistaken for the professional teams) proved to be a pitcher’s duel between Mankato’s Bryce Bellin and Shakopee’s Chris Rupert. Bellin and the Twins came out victorious on some late-inning heroics. With the game tied 1-1 going into the ninth, the Twins tallied two runs in the top half to take a 3-1 lead. The Indians made it interesting in the bottom half by scoring a run, but Bellin shut the door to secure the 3-2 win for the Twins.

Bellin allowed one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Rupert suffered the loss, allowing one earned run on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

The final game of the day featured the Lyon’s Pub Warriors and the St. Anthony Hogs.

After a back-and-forth affair, the Hogs came out on top, winning by a score of 4-2. The Hogs also outhit the Warriors 11-to-8.

After the day was complete, Reuvers said he felt the event turned out to be a complete success and it won’t be long until plans for the second annual Town Ball Classic will begin.

Most importantly, tens-of-thousands of dollars were raised for the Twins Community Fund, which has the mission to “enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins.” 

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