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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Zone 9 updated bracket (final)

Brackets for Zone 9

Zone 9: pitching ruled the afternoon in a pair of losers’ bracket victories on the third day

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Zone 9: it was a rough Day 2 for Post 334

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Zone 9: Day 1 belonged to JB & The Dog

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