Chris Rodgers (1970-2017)
The scoreboard at AP 4 showed the 14AA Wingers with a dominating win over Eagan.
July 9-- The Red Wing 14AA Wingers has a number of goals for each game. One of them is to score first. They have accomplished that goal and more over the past three games. Red Wing has not only scored first in those games, they have outscored their opponents 45-6 during that span. With 11-2, 15-4 wins over S. St. Paul and a 19-0 whitewashing of Eagan they appear to be playing their best baseball just prior to the MBL Playoffs starting.
"This was the perfect way to end our league play. We've been getting better and better throughout the season, and we weren't going to settle for anything other than a big win. We're ready to take this momentum into playoffs."
With the three game winning streak to end the regular season, the Wingers finished 7-8-1 which landed them fifth in Region 3.
In the Wingers sweep over S. St. Paul Will Wooden led the way with 3 hits in Game 1. Dez LeTexier drilled a double and a triple and Nathan Farrar threw a complete game to pick up the victory. Farrar gave up just four hits and struck out three batters.
In Game 2 of the double dip Carson Baartman and Aiden Borgen combined for the win on the mound while the Wingers offense pounded out 12 hits. Caden Benway exploded for 3 hits and 6 RBI in the game. Max Gulden chipped in two hits as well and found a way to get on base all 4 times he came to the plate.
The Wingers finished the regular season with the 19-0 shutout of Eagan with Dez LeTexier facing just 18 batters in his five inning stint. He picked up the win and mowed down 7 Eagan hitters. He also helped himself at the plate with 3 hits, including 2 doubles. Wyatt Gonsior belted two hits as did Carson Baartman.
Coach Borgen was more than pleased with her defense. "We have always been a strong defensive team, but tonight we were not only error-free, we played stellar defense." With solid pitching, stellar defense and the offense coming to life late in the season the Wingers will be hoping to make a run in the MBL Playoffs.
Members of the Red Wing 14AA Wingers include: Nathan Farrar, Aiden Borgen, Carson Baartman, Austin Bechel, Sam DeLain, Evan Petersmeyer, Caden Benway, Will Wooden, Max Gulden, Dez LeTexier and Wyatt Gonsior.
The RWYBA is recommending no new bat purchases at this time as USA Baseball will be creating a new bat standard effective January 1, 2018.
Bats that are regulated by the new standard will be available for purchase on September 1, 2017.
It is expected that the current model bats will be illegal in 2018.
If you have any questions or would like clarification, please feel free to contact a Board Member.
Here is the link with more information: New Bat Standard
June 24- What a day for baseball. The rain stayed away and there were 18 games played today at Athletic Field. After the dust settled we have Final Fours set for both 11AA and 11A. Below is the schedule for tomorrow:
9AM Pool A Champion Red Wing vs. Pool B Runner Up Highland Park Field #1
11:15 AM Pool B Champion Northfield vs. Pool A Runner Up Prescott Field #1
1:30 Championship and 3rd Place Games
9:00 Pool A Champion Dover Eyota vs. Pool B Runner Up Ellsworth Field#2
9:00 Pool B Champion Rochester Grey vs. Pool A Runner Up Stillwater Field#3
Good luck to all of the teams in Bracket Play and thank you to all 16 teams participating in this weekends tournament!
The brackets for the 11AA and 11A Red Wing Tournament brackets have been released. The tournament will begin on Friday June 23 at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Coaches will receive all info for the tournament by Monday morning June 19th. That will include rules, roster forms along with additional tournament information. Both the AA and A tournaments consist of a great mix of metro and outstate teams from throughout the region! Looking forward to a great weekend of baseball at "The Ath."
12AA Chapions of the Red Wing Rodge Classic
12A Wingers Earned State Touranemnt Berths This Weekend
Last year Chris Rodgers led the 11AA to a Red Wing Tournament Championship. This year he hopes to do it again as the tourney has been named in his honor.
May 17-- Chris Rodgers has been a mainstay at youth and Varsity sporting events in Red Wing for the past two decades. With three kids--Jordan 18, Hannah 16 and Tyler 12--he has been an integral part of their youth sports experience. Chris has often been leading their teams as a coach, but has also been a supportive parent sitting in the stands after he hands them off to the Varsity programs coaching staffs.
This weekend when he leads his youngest son Tyler's 12AA team he will be coaching in a tournament that has been named in his honor. The Red Wing Youth Baseball Association (RWYBA) unanimously voted to rename the 12 year old weekend tournament the "Red Wing Rodge Classic."
"It was an easy decision. Chris has done so much for Youth Baseball in Red Wing. As both a coach and a Board Member he has taken on a number of initiatives and run with them," said Board President Corey Tauer.
Rodgers as a Board Member led many fundraising efforts including the annual Movie Night, working with Chevy Youth Baseball and leading Earth Day efforts which all has provided upgrades to the baseball facilities in Red Wing. He has worked with facilities to coordinate gym space and fields. Rodgers had his hands in pretty much every aspect of the RWYBA while on the Board of Directors for 10 years until he left the Board in the summer of 2016 to concentrate on his health.
"Chris was one of the most competitive and tenacious players I ever played with. He carried that over to coaching and his time on the Board," said former amateur baseball teammate and RWYBA President Paul Irwin.
Rodgers has been known for setting high expectations and having many practices to make sure his teams were prepared for what was ahead of them. Last year his 11AA team won their regular season title, won the MBL Playoffs and finished 2nd and 3rd in State Tournaments.
Tauer mentioned, "The kids seem to embrace his style. They wanted to keep pushing themselves to get better last year. I was always impressed with the number of kids who stuck with baseball in Jordan's class. It has been one of the best classes in terms of participation over the past decade. Look at it this year there are 9 players and two managers on the Varsity baseball team from one class...Chris had a hand in that."
"I have always stressed with my teams that we will always be prepared, no team will out work us and we will have more fun than everyone else. The memories are not in the Championships for the kids, it's the experiences. Jordan's groups it was the World Series tournament they competed in. They didn't win it, but it was a blast. It means a lot that they all have that experience on the top of their list for baseball memories," said Rodgers.
It was evident on Senior Night the Class of 2017 has a special place for Coach Rodgers. One-by-one players hugged their former coach on a special night that not only had them reflect on their Varsity experience but also their experience in Youth Baseball.
"Coaching for me starts with the love for the game. It has allowed me to create great memories with my three kids. The best part is that once you get started with each team, every kid on my roster becomes my kid. We become another family. It's a special process that takes years to create, but then lasts a lifetime."
Rodgers added, "I am so proud that I helped develop a group of great baseball players for Red Wing, but they aren't just great on the field, they are great people off the field."
Longtime co-coach and friend Justin Smith added, "Coach Rodgers is as caring as he is competitive. He loves to win but more importantly he loves to see kids do things and accomplish goals they didn't think they could do, regardless of their ability. On and off the field he has taught a countless number of kids how to get more out of themselves than they knew possible.
This weeks "Red Wing Rodge Classic" will feature 14 teams from around the Region. It will take place at the Red Wing Athletic Field. There is the chance for inclement weather. Rodgers has already offered to move his game time even though he wouldn't be able to make it at the proposed time on Friday night due to Jordan and Hannah receiving letters during the Athletic Banquet. "We have three very capable coaches," said Rodgers.
He is always looking to make sure his kids get the experience.
Both the 12AA and 12A Wingers had a great weekends at the Rodge Classic. Above is Tyler Rodgers giving his Dad and Coach Chris Rodgers a hug after receiving his Championship trophy.
May 21- The rain may have played havoc to the schedule and made it feel a little colder when the winds picked up but it didn't slow down the Red Wing 12 year olds throughout the weekend. Both the Red Wing 12AA and 12A teams came away with hardware and participated in the Championship games for their respective divisions.
The Red Wing 12AA Wingers "won one for their coach" as they won two very well played and close games in bracket play to earn the Tournament Championship that was named in their coaches honor. Red Wing defeated Hudson and Mankato low-scoring games which provided solid pitching and nice defensive plays to make both very competitive and exciting to watch.
The kids gave their head coach Chris Rodgers a big hug one-by-one after they each received their Championship trophies. No doubt capping off an emotional weekend for the Rodgers family and the players themselves.
Members of the 12AA team include: Mason Fish, Kaeden Graff, Andrew Erickson, Ryan Strusz, Aidan Hull, Lou DeJong, William Hanisch, Maurice Rosebear, John Ahrends, Tyler Rodgers, Mitch Seeley and Abe Reinitz.
The 12A team had an outstanding weekend as well as they made to the Championship game before losing a competitive game 7-4 to Rochester. They did earn berths to both the MBT and GSTC State Tournaments which are played in July.
While all three teams (East Ridge, Northfield and Red Wing) finished 1-1 in Pool Play the Wingers won the tiebreaker by giving up the fewest amount of runs which earned them a bye to the semi-finals. There they won an exciting one-run game in the semi-finals to advance to the Championship game.
The 12A Wingers will have a tough week ahead of them as they take on Lakeville North and then a rematch of the Championship game against Rochester Grey.
Members of the 12A team include: Markus Shull, Bennett Scott, Kaleb Hove, Damien Drew, Jaxson Smythurst, Chase Prall, Easton Fairbanks, Riley Bolland, Logan Bechel, Patrick Hines, Wyatt Anway, Jacob Kline and Logan Losey.
May 14- Go to the 2017 Tournaments Page to see the Red Wing 12AA and 12A Tournament Pools and Brackets.
The Wingers practiced at St. John's University last Friday night. This Friday they will host DeLaSalle on Senior Night and Youth Baseball Night!
May 10- Winger Baseball is hoping to pack the "ATH" on Friday night! Not only will be it Senior Night, but it will also be Youth Baseball Night! All fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win Movie Passes, Twins Tickets and more! The Wingers will face the DeLaSalle Islanders with the JV playing at 4:45 and then the Varsity at 7:00.
These two teams had an exciting game last season with the Wingers winning the game on a walk-off in the bottom of the 7th inning! Look for more of the same as the Wingers always seem to make it exciting when they play under the lights.
We are looking for all of our Youth Baseball players and hopefully our parents to be in attendance on Friday night to support the Wingers and pack the "ATH!"
Dez LeTexier delivers a pitch in the third inning of Red Wing's 14AA 7-3 win over Prescott. LeTexier went 5 innings to earn the win.
April 24- The Metro Baseball League (MBL) season got underway in Red Wing with the 14AA Wingers playing Prescott at AP Anderson Park. As the clouds rolled in, the lights came on and signaled the start of another summer baseball season.
Prescott was the home team despite the game being played in Red Wing and they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After one time through the order the Wingers came alive in the top of the 3rd when Evan Petersmeyer drove in Aiden Borgen with a solid single to left field. From there, Will Wooden and Austin Bechel added a RBI a piece to make the score 3-1 Wingers.
At that point, Red Wing starting pitcher Dez LeTexier was in control on the mound. LeTexier went 5 innings, giving up five hits, striking out four, while walking three Prescott hitters to earn his first victory of the season. He was aided by what may have been the play of the game when Nathan Farrar made a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded to end a Prescott threat in the fifth inning. "Dez had a very nice game and he will only get better on the mound as the season goes on," said coach Cheryl Borgen.
Aiden Borgen came on in relief and threw the final two innings giving up two runs and striking out two as he was also helped out by another nice outfield play to end the game by Carson Baartman. "Being the first game of the season, I thought both of our pitchers did a nice job of challenging hitters. Our defense came up with some nice plays to help them out," added Coach Borgen.
Offensively, the Wingers were led by LeTexier who went 3 f 3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Other Wingers to collect hits included Wyatt Gonsior, Caden Benway, Borgen, Petersmeyer and Baartman.
Borgen who is a "high energy" coach was happy with how the team approach was for the first game. "I was happy with how the guys were into the game. Start to finish I though we had pretty good energy. It can always be better, but I think we will have a fun season if the guys rally around each other."
The Wingers are 1-0 on the season and will return to action on Friday night as they travel to Rochester for a 6:30 game.
9 - 13 year olds - Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 1/4" or less with unlimited weight differential with a BPF rating of 1.15 and the new USSSA stamp on the taper or stamped approved by Babe Ruth with the 1.15 BPF rating
9-13 year olds - Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 3/4" or less with minus 10 weight differential with a BPF rating of 1.15 and the new USSSA stamp on the taper or stamped approved by Babe Ruth with the 1.15 BPF rating.
14 year olds - Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 3/4" or less with minus 5 weight differential with a BPF rating of 1.15 and the new USSSA stamp on the taper or stamped approved by Babe Ruth with the 1.15 BPF rating.
15-18 year olds - Maximum diameter at the thickest part: 2 5/8" or less with a minus 3 weight differential and be BBCOR approved.
The Red Wing Athletic Field is one of the most picturesque ballparks in the state of Minnesota. Tucked within the bluffs of beautiful Red Wing, Minnesota it is the home of Red Wing Baseball. The Red Wing Wingers, Aces, Legion, VFW and Red Wing Youth Baseball Association all share the stadium field over the course of each spring and summer. The entire complex is host to more than 250 games each season with the stadium field being a part of more than 80 games each year and being the crown jewel of the site .
The current scoreboard at "The Ath" has stood for the past 28 years and is in need of being replaced. Failing and irreplaceable parts and years of weathering have taken its toll. Along with making a move from right-center field to left-center field, it is time to retire the scoreboard that was host for two State Amatuer Baseball Tournaments, more than 20 Section 1 Final Fours and more than 2,200 total games!
It all started with a Memorial donation after the passing of Diane Tauer Pumarlo. Diane was a part of Red Wing Baseball for many years and likely witnessed nearly a thousand games at the Red Wing Atheltic Field.
With the very generous "in-kind" service donation from the City of Red Wing and the gracious monetary gifts from four major Corporate Sponsors (Red Wing Shoes Foundation, St. James Hotel, Merchants Bank and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota) we are looking to put the finishing touches on an inconic structure in the heart of Red Wing.
It will be a 21'x36' structure with a 4'x10' LED Message Center that will generate new excitement to baseball in Red Wing. Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen and your generous donations.
Thank you on behalf of the following organizations:
Red Wing Aces
Red Wing Wingers
Red Wing Youth Baseball Association
The Red Wing Youth Baseball Association will provide opportunities for Red Wing youth ages 9 through 16 to participate in a supervised and structured setting of competitive baseball whereby each player is encouraged to learn the physical, mental, and social skills which are associated with participation in team sports activities.