Roster includes seven new faces for 2015

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Former slugger Chris Specht: 1972-2015

Chris Specht

Chris Specht

For the last several months 1990 and 1991 Post 334 Legion team member Chris Specht, who grew up just up the street from Riverview Park in Coon Rapids, had battled cancer until his recent passing Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14).  A left-handed slugger, Specht won the home run-hitting championship during the 1991 Jamestown tournament. He was also a player, who I (Tom Yelle) had the opportunity to coach in the Cubs and Tuffies Community Education beginning baseball program during his very young days as a player.

http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/65315/?fullname=christopher-specht

Boxwell had a 2-for-4 collegiate debut

Alex Boxwell

Alex Boxwell

Former Post 334 and Coon Rapids High School standout outfielder Alex Boxwell, made a solid collegiate debut as a freshman with the Minnesota Gophers baseball team March 15 in a game against Houston. The left-handed slugger went 2 for 4 and scored two runs. The full report:

http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/021515aaa.html

History on July 13, 2008: Sather’s magnificent three-home run game at Edina

While Zac Sather was known early on as a shut-down relief pitcher during his Post 334, baseball career, he was  also someone teammates frequently greeted at home plate after he belted home runs, notably the three he hit in one game.

Retrospective No. 3 by Coach Tom Yelle

He struck out in his first at bat, but after that minor indiscretion, holy jarumbo, what a day!

In the history of Coon Rapids Post 334 American Legion baseball, no individual had hit more than two home runs in one game until this day: Sunday, July 13.

The moment took place during the fifth and final round of pool play at Edina’s Braemar Field during the 2008 Gopher Classic, a moment in which left-handed slugger Zac Sather Continue Reading →

And 20 years ago: Wintercrest’s first playoff game was a ball, actually a ‘brawl’

Retrospective No. 2 by Post 334 Head Coach Tom Yelle

Now in his late 30s, a family man and hunter, Garrett Hagel still looks capable of creating collisions at home.

Now in his late 30s, a family man and hunter, Garrett Hagel still looks physically capable of creating a collision at home plate.

It was a game that was not truly desired by us, but one, nonetheless, from which we did not retreat. The result was one of the most interesting, albeit most dubious moments in Post 334 baseball history.

Just ask a linebacker-like third baseman named Garrett Hagel, or a couple of brick-wall catchers named Phil Johnson and Adam Dehnicke

Twenty summer seasons ago — 1995 — the program known as Centennial Post 560 Legion (now under the name of Lino Lakes Legion) featured a majority of players, who
had just finished a strong varsity high school baseball season. At least three players (the best of my recollection) were headed to play high-level college baseball at various institutions, including a pitcher who was signed to begin playing that fall with the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

In short, this Centennial Legion team was loaded and a favorite to win the North Hennepin League.

During the seven-week regular summer Legion season that year, though, this Centennial team proved to be good, but not consistent. It failed to finish on top of the Continue Reading →

Home run hitters: the best of the best

A retrospective by Tom Yelle, Post 334 head coach

As Post 334 prepares to enter its 48th summer season as an American Legion baseball program this June, one of most frequently asked of me is:

Mike Patterson, 2001. He stands as Post 334’s single season home-run slugger with 20.

Mike Patterson, 2001

Who was your [the program’s] greatest home run hitter?

It is indeed an intriguing and — to a point — a romantic baseball question. Considering we have had countless great hitters over my tenure as coach and even several before I came to the program during the summer of 1980, it should be tough to make that determination.

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Officially ‘signed’ on with UM-Duluth

Tyler Wojo is officially headed to UMD.

Tyler Wojo is officially headed to UMD.

Soon-to-become third-year Post 334 member Tyler Wojciechowski recently signed the official letter of intent to attend and play baseball beginning fall semester, 2015, at UM-Duluth.

The signing occurred during the NCAA-prescribed early signing period for high school senior baseball athletes in November, 2014.

Affectionately nick-named Tyler ‘Wojo,’ the lanky third baseman/pitcher will join his older brother Alex, now a junior who will begin his senior season next fall. While he liked the idea of getting an opportunity to play one college baseball season with his older brother, Tyler Wojo chose UM-Duluth more so because of his field of study: mechanical engineering.

 

Schedule-building: tournaments added, game/doubleheader search has begun for 2015

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Tyler Wojo also [verbally] chooses UM-Duluth

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Zone 9: the gas tank hit empty by game six

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