The transition up to AAA has challenged members of the 12 year old team at times this summer. Those struggles turned to smiles on Father's Day. Needing to win game one on Sunday to reach the title game, the Wingers scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to win 5-4 on a walk off single.
Pitching and defense was again the story in the championship, as the Wingers scored 1 run in the bottom of the 6th to take the title game, 1-0. It was a great day to be a Winger!
Members of the team include; Ellis Petersmeyer, Lucas Mollgaard, Hayden Plum, Jack Lundgren, Will Jacobson, Max Tyszelman, Christiaan Koehler, Nick Wooden, Reid Hartmann, Tyson Friemel, Robbie Tripp, and Collin Woodcock.
The 10 year old schedules for the Red Wing Tournament taking the place the weekend of June 23 and June 24 have been released. More information in regards to the tournament will be sent to coaches on Sunday evening June 17. This will include a link to the rules, a roster form to be completed and more general information about the tournament. Looking forward to having all of the teams spend the weekend in Red Wing.
Here is the schedule for Sunday. There will be NO CONSOLATION BRACKET!
9:00AM Roseville vs. River Falls (continuation of game started) Field #2
11:00AM Byron vs. Goodview Field #3
1:00 PM #4 overall see vs. #5 overall seed Field #1
3:00 PM Winner of #4/5 Seed vs. #1 overall seed Field #2
#2 Overall Seed vs. #3 Overall seed (Pool Winners) Field #3
5:00 PM 3rd Place Game Field #3
Championship Game Field #2
9:00AM Cottage Grove vs. New Richmond (cont. of game) Field #1
Eastview vs. East Ridge (cont of game) Field #3
11:00AM Chatfield vs. New Richmond Field #1
Eastview vs. Red Wing Field#2
Only 1st and 2nd place in each Pool advance to Bracket Play:
1:00PM Pool A1 vs. Pool B2 Field #2
Pool B2 vs. Pool A1 Field #3
3:00 Championship Field #1
There will be no 3rd Place game
Written at 3:55pm.
All games are ppd for the rest of Saturday. Schedule for Sunday will be posted by 6pm tonight. Games will begin Sunday at 9am
Written at 2:20 pm...
Currently, 1pm games are delayed until 4pm. Check back here for updates if there are any changes. We will also text head coaches if anything changes.
Menomonie 12AA after beating Rochester 6-4 in 9 innings to advance to Sunday of the Red Wing Rodge Classic. They will play Zumbrota-Mazeppa at 10 am at Athletic Field.
May 12= Exciting games late in the day on Saturday highlighted a great day of baseball at the Red Wing Athletic Field. The finals are set for the Rodge Classic.
Edina played their best game of the tournament with a 12-1 win over Chatfield and Minnetonka just got by Ellsworth 7-6 to advance to the 12AA Consolations finals.
The game of the day featured the 4/5 play-in game for the Championship bracket as Menomonie outlasted Rochester 6-4 in 9 innings. With the win Menomonie will take on the overall #1 see Zumbrota-Mazeppa at 10 am on Sunday.
The other semi-final game will feature Pool winners Bloomington taking on Prescott.
In the 12A bracket Championship it will be Northfield taking on Goodview.
Schedule is below:
Athletic Field #2 Zumbrota-Mazeppa vs. Menomonie
Athletic Field #3 Bloomington vs. Prescott
12AA Consolation Championship
Athletic Field #1 Edina vs. Minnetonka
Athletic Field #1 Northfield vs. Goodview
May 4- The schedules for the 2018 Red Wing Rodge Classic Tournaments have been released and are posted. The tournament is named in honor of former Red Wing Youth Baseball Association Board Member and coach Chris Rodgers who passed away in November of 2017 of cancer.
Coaches more information will be forthcoming over the course of the weekend in regards to the tournament.
The 12AA tournament will consist of three 3 team pools. The winners of each pool and two wild cards will make Championship Play. Seeds 6-9 of the tournament will be in a 4 team Consolation bracket after pool play.
The 12A tournament will consist of a 4 team round robin schedule. The top 2 teams will play in a Championship game on Sunday at Noon at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
Practices start soon, the first 4 practices will be group practices to work on fundamentals and determine competitive teams. All group practices will be at AP Anderson Park Fields #2 and #3. Dates are listed below:
► Tuesday May 1st-6-8:00PM ► Thursday May 3rd- 6-8:00PM
► Tuesday May 8th-6-8:00PM ► Thursday May 10th-6-8:00PM
Practice for all Prep Players on Saturday May 5th at 11:00 at Prairie Island Indian Complex.
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: https://www.mbl.bz/pages/rules-home-mbl
The Red Wing Youth Baseball Association will hold its annual meeting at the Redmen Club on Wednesday January 17th at 7PM. The public is welcome to share any comments at the beginning of the meeting. Please contact Corey Tauer prior to the meeting if you wish to have time on the agenda.
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.
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.