Weekend tournament previews: Hinckley, Austin, Nimrod, Green Isle/Hamburg, Staples, Rosen, Stockmen’s and Rum River [UPDATED SCORES]

Posted on June 25, 2015 by CJ Siewert

Hinckley Invitational Tournament

June 26-28


Elko Express

Mora Blue Devils

Maple Lake Lakers

Shakopee Coyotes

Hinckley Knights

Maple Plain Diamond Devils

Buffalo Bulldogs

Kensington Norsemen

The clash of the titans will probably be the first game of the first round on Friday at 6 p.m., when the Mora Blue Devils (10-1) take on the Elko Express (23-1). Mora has received a mention in the Class C poll this year, and their only loss is to the top-ranked team in Class C, the Sartell Muskies. Meanwhile, Elko has romped through most of its schedule so far this year, losing only to the Faribault Lakers in early May. Elko is currently ranked second in the state in Class B. Mora can hit the ball and has an outstanding pitching staff that might give Elko some trouble.

Later on Friday at 8 p.m., the Hinckley Knights play the Maple Plain Diamond Devils. The Knights (8-6) are the top-scoring team in the Eastern Minny League so far this season, with more than 100 runs from a mix of young talent and cagey veterans. Maple Plain (4-6) is off to a slow start in the North Star League so far, but has played well in the Hinckley tournament in the past.

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m., things get started with the top Class C team in the North Star League, the Maple Lake Lakers (17-2). The Lakers are fresh off a win at the Highway 55 Tournament and drew the Shakapee Coyotes (7-10) who are currently in the middle of the DRS League. And to wrap up the first round, two regular invitees to the Hinckley tournament will face off at 12:30 p.m. The Buffalo Bulldogs (4-6) from the North Star League are the defending Hinckley Invitational Tournament champions. They will play the Kensington Norsemen (0-8) from the Resorters League.

The second round rolls through the rest of Saturday with games at 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m., and into Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., with the fifth place game at 1 p.m., third place at 3:30 p.m. and the championship game at 6 p.m.

Hinckley’s classic 1948 ballpark, Brennan Field, is in great shape for the tournament, with its covered main grandstand and a concession stand with lots of food options including (if you’re willing to dig into a serious meal) a burger topped with pulled pork. Plus there’s a new sound system cranking out the tunes and a brand new party deck down the right field line. The park is just 75 miles north of the Twin Cities and it is a great place to spend a weekend watching great amateur baseball.

Hinckley will be tweeting out updates and scores throughout the tournament at @HinckleyKnights and will update the bracket and scores at HinckleyKnights.com.

Game 1: Mora 1 Elko 0

Game 2: Maple Plain 4 Hinckley 3

Game 3: Maple Lake 6 Shakopee 5

Game 4: Buffalo 9 Kensington 5

Game 5: Elko 12 Shakopee 2

Game 6: Maple Lake 3 Mora 2

Game 7: Buffalo 6 Maple Plain 3

Game 8: Kengsington 6 Hinckley 3

5th place: Elko 16 Kengsinton 0

3rd place: Mora 13 Maple Plain 4

Champions: Maple Lake defeats Buffalo 6-2

SPAMtown Challenge – Austin, MN

June 25-28

Highlights of the 11th Annual SPAMtown Challenge:

* MN teams have won 7 out of 10 years since the inception of this tournament

* Kewaskum WI A’s each year since 2011 havw progressively moved one step closer toward winning the tournament (2014 – Runner-up)

* Minnetonka has the most championships (3)

* Chaska won it last year

* New teams this year: Champlin LoGators, Joliet IL Dirtbags and the Minneapolis Cobras

* Returning from years prior to 2014: Sioux Falls SD Saints and Duluth Express

* All other teams are returning from last year’s tournament  


In 2004 the Hounds travelled to participate in a tournament in Evansville, IN.  That tournament inspired the Hounds to develop a much bigger and better event in Austin. The SPAMtown Challenge was born in 2005. Since then the SPAMtown Challenge has gained credibility across the Midwest. Teams have travelled from New York to participate in this event. This is the 11th year of the tournament. This tourney is considered one of the most competitive in Minnesota. The team that hoists the trophy in the end exhausts everything and truly earns it.

Saturday Night Marcusen Park Block Party – 7 p.m., music, beverages, concessions

Tournament Adult Pass $12, Daily Adult $5 (Th/Fr/Sun), $7 (Sat)

Tournament Youth Pass $5, Daily Youth $2  

Schedule of the 16-team, 4-pool tournament:

Thursday, June 25

B – Austin Blue Sox vs Westmont IL Red Sox, 6 p.m. at Marcusen Park (7-4 Westmont)

A – Austin Greyhounds vs Joilet IL Dirtbags, 8 p.m. at Marcusen Park (2-1 Austin)

Friday, June 26

C – Kewaskum WI A’s vs Champlin LoGators, 3:45 p.m. at Marcusen Park (4-2 Kewaskum)

A – Austin Greyhounds vs Chaska Cubs, 6 p.m. at Marcusen Park (1-0 Chaska)

A – Joilet IL Dirtbags vs Tri-City Sharks, 6 p.m. at R1 Seltz Field (7-2 Tri-City)

D – St. Paul Capitals vs Sioux Falls SD Saints, 7 p.m. at R2 (8-1 St. Paul)

B – Rochester Royals vs Westmont IL Red Sox, 7 p.m. at Mayo Field (4-1 Westmont)

D – Minnetonka Millers vs Forest Lake Brewers, 8 p.m. at Marcusen Park (8-2 Minnetonka)

C – Burnsville Bobcats vs Duluth Express, 8 p.m. at R1 Seltz Field (2-1 Burnsville)

B – Austin Blue Sox vs Minneapolis Cobras, 10 p.m. at Marcusen Park (4-1 Minneapolis)

Saturday, June 27

A – Joilet IL Dirtbags vs Chaska Cubs, 9:30 a.m. at Marcusen Park (10-6 Joliet)

C – Duluth Express vs Kewaskum WI A’s, 10 a.m. at R1 Seltz Field (5-4 Kewaskum)

C – Champlin LoGators vs Burnsville Bobcats, 10 a.m. at R2 (5-2 Burnsville)

D – Forest Lake Brewers vs St. Paul Capitals, 11:30 a.m. at Marcusen Park (5-1 St. Paul)

D – Minnetonka Millers vs Sioux Falls SD Saints, 12 p.m. at R1 Seltz Field (15-0 Minnetonka)

B – Westmont IL Red Sox vs Minneapolis Cobras, 12:30 p.m. at R2 (4-1 Minneapolis)

B – Austin Blue Sox vs Rochester Royals, 1 p.m. at R4 (4-1 Rochester)

C – Duluth Express vs Champlin LoGators, 2 p.m. at Marcusen Park (9-8 Duluth)

A – Chaska Cubs vs Tri-City Sharks, 2:30 p.m. at R1 Seltz Field (8-7 Tri-City)

B – Minneapolis Cobras vs Rochester Royals, 3:30 p.m. at R2 (5-4 Minneapolis)

C – Kewaskum WI A’s vs Burnsville Bobcats, 4 p.m. at Marcusen Park (8-2 Kewaskum)

D – Minnetonka Millers vs St. Paul Capitals, 4:30 p.m. at R1 Seltz Field (6-5 Minnetonka)

A – Austin Greyhounds vs Tri-City Sharks, 6:30 p.m. Marcusen Park (11-6 Austin)

D – Forest Lake Brewers vs Sioux Falls SD Saints, 8:30 p.m. at Marcusen Park (13-6 Forest Lake) 

Sunday, June 28

Semifinal game 1, 10 a.m. at Marcusen Park (Minnetonka defeats Kewaskum 3-1)

Semifinal game 2, 12 p.m. at Marcusen Park (Austin Greyounds defeat Minneapolis 4-2)

Champions: Minnetonka defeats Austin Greyhounds 7-0

Derek Mason of the Millers won the tournament MVP after notching two wins on the mound including a complete game in the championship.

Nimrod Invite

The 9th Annual Nimrod Invite is set for June 26-28 at Stigman Field in Nimrod. The eight-team tournament includes Nimrod, Royalton, Twin City, Luxemburg, Bemidji Blue Ox, Farming, Bemidji Bucks and Fergus Falls.


Game 1: Nimrod vs Royalton, 4 p.m. (8-2 Nimrod) 

Game 3: Twin City vs Luxemburg, 6 p.m. (10-0 Luxemburg) 


Game 2: Bemidji Blue Ox vs Farming, 8 a.m. (3-2 Bemidji)

Game 4: Bemidji Bucks vs Fergus Falls, 10 a.m. (6-0 Fergus Falls)

Game 5: loser game 1 vs loser game 3, 12 p.m. (Twin City defeats Royalton 3-2) 

Game 6: loser game 2 vs loser game 4, 2 p.m. (Bemidji Bucks defeat Farming 14-3)

Game 7: winner game 1 vs winner game 3, 4 p.m. (Nimrod defeats Luxemburg 5-0)

Game 8: winner game 2 vs winner game 4, 6 p.m. (Fergus Falls defeats Bemidji Blue Ox 7-0)


Game 9 (5th place): winner game 5 vs winner game 7, 11 a.m. (Twin City defeats Bemidji Bucks 2-1)

Game 10 (7th place): loser game 5 vs loser game 6, 9 a.m. (Royalton defeats Farming 14-4)

Game 11 (3rd place): loser game 7 vs loser game 8, 1 p.m. (Luxemburg defeats Bemidji Blue Ox 6-2)

Game 12 (Championship): winner game 7 vs winner game 8, 3 p.m. (Fergus Falls defeats Nimrod 6-4)

Green Isle/Hamburg Miller Lite Invitational

Green Isle and Hamburg are set to host the Miller Lite Inviational on June 25-28.  The 16-team tournament includes a tough field comprised of Class B and C opponents. Teams this year include Carver, Hanska, Chanhassen, Montgomery, Watkins, Green Isle, Bird Island, Hamel, Waconia, St. Patrick, Faribault, Belle Plaine, St. Joe, Hamburg, Milroy and Fort Ripley. 

Link to bracket:


All-Tourney Team

Ronnie Olsen – Waconia – MVP

Chris Bullis – Waconia

Cody Simon – Waconia

Josh Lenz – Waconia

Ryan Diers – Chanhassen

Casey Ralston – Chanhassen

Lucas Herd – Green Isle

Ben Alexander – Green Isle

Alex Kendall – St. Joseph

Caz Novak – St. Joseph

Dylan Gass – Bird Island

Championship Final

Waconia 4, Chanhassen 2

Consolation Final

Bird Island 5, St. Patrick 1

First Round Scores:

Thursday, June 25

Waconia 5, St. Patrick 0

Carver 3, Hanska 0

Friday, June 26

Belle Plaine 5, Faribault 3

Chanhassen 5, Montgomery 2

St. Joe 14 Hamburg 11 (9 inn.)

Saturday, June 27

Milroy 3 Ft. Ripley 2

Bird Island 5, Hamel 4 

Second Round

Ft. Ripley 3, Hamburg 2

Green Isle 1, Hamel 0

St. Joe 10, Milroy 1

Green Isle 5, Bird Island 0

Hanska 3, Mongomery 2

St. Patrick 6, Faribault 1

Chanhassen 10, Carver 4

Waconia 4, Belle Plaine 3

Third Round

Sunday , June 28

Bird Island 6, Hanska 5

St. Patrick 4, Ft. Ripley 1

Chanhassen 2, Green Isle 1

Waconia 10, St. Joe 4

1st Annual Pine Grove Diamond Classic – Staples, MN

The Staples Lumberbats are set to host the inaugural Pine Grove Diamond Classic on June 27 and 28. The eight-team field includes New York Mills, Clear Lake, Warroad, Staples, Long Prairie, Sauk Rapids, Detroit Lakes and Elk River.

Field 1 Saturday

10 a.m. – New York Mills Millers vs Clear Lake

12:30 p.m. – Warroad Muskies vs Staples Lumberbats

Field 2 Saturday

10 a.m. – Long Prairie Predators vs Sauk Rapids Cyclones

12:30 p.m. – Detroit Lakes vs Elk River Pioneers

Second round games Saturday

3 p.m. – losers vs losers

5:30 p.m. – winners vs winners


Championship: Long Prairie defeats Warroad 9-5

Killebrew Root Beer Bandits Bash – Cambridge

The Rum River Bandits are set to host the 2015 Bandits Bash on June 26-28 at Larson Field in Cambridge. The eight-team field includes the Quamba Cubs, Ramsey Renegades, Metro Knights, Nowthen Nights, Bloomington Bandits, East Bethel Bandits, Metro Merchants and host Rum River.


Game 1: Quamba vs Ramsey, 6:30 p.m. (16-8 Ramsey)

Game 2: Metro Knights vs Nowthen, 8:30 p.m. (8-3 Nowthen)


Game 3: Bloomington vs East Bethel, 10:30 a.m. (6-5 East Bethel)

Game 4: Metro Merchants vs Rum River, 12:30 p.m. (Rum River defeats Metro)

Game 5: game 1 loser vs game 2 loser, 2:45 p.m. (Quamba defeats Metro Knights)

Game 6: game 1 winner vs game 2 winner, 5:30 p.m. (Ramsey v. Nowthen)

Game 7: game 3 winner vs game 4 winner, 7:45 p.m. (Rum River defeats East Bethel 2-1)


Game 8: game 3 loser vs game 4 loser, 10:30 a.m. (Bloomington defeats Metro Merchants)

Game 9 (5th place): game 5 winner vs game 8 winner, 12:45 p.m. (Bloomington v. Quamba)

Game 10 (3rd place): game 6 loser vs game 7 loser, 3:30 p.m. (cancelled – rain)

Game 11 (Championship): game 6 winner vs game 7 winner, 5:45 p.m. (cancelled – rain)

Busch Light Invite – RosenHosted by the Rosen Express Baseball Association June 26-28Pool A Rosen Express Clinton Cards Pipestone A’s Pool B Ortonville Rox Raymond Rockets Glencoe Brewers Schedule: Friday, June 26 Rosen vs. Clinton 6:45 p.m. (2-0 Rosen) Saturday, June 27 Ortonville vs. Raymond 10 a.m. Raymond vs. Glencoe 12 p.m. (5-4 Raymond) Glencoe vs. Ortonville 2 p.m. (2-1 Ortonville) Pipestone vs. Clinton 4 p.m. (3-1 Pipestone) Pipestone vs. Rosen 6 p.m. (3-0 Pipestone) Sunday, June 28 5th place: Glencoe v. Clinton 3rd place: Rosen v. Ortonville Championship: Pipestone defeats Raymond 13-3

Stockmen’s Tourney

(Thursday night update): Beautiful night for baseball on the opening night of the 2015 Stockmen’s Invitational.  In the opening game the Stillwater Loggers took care of the Rosetown A’s 6-0.  

The Irish got a great outing on the mound from Southpaw Luther product Teddy Klingsporn.  The Irish managed 4 runs which was plenty as Klingsporn diced en-route to a 4-0 win over Highland Park.

Up Next:

Saturday, June 27th

11am: Stillwater Loggers vs. Chaska HitDawg

2pm: Minneapolis Angels vs. Highland Park

5pm: Chaska HitDawg vs. Rosetown A’s

8pm: Stockmen’s Irish vs. Minneapolis Angels

Championship cancelled due to weather.

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