Aug 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm
2014 COLD SPRING SILVER SPRINGERS
The Silver Springers are a 35 Over Baseball organization that participates in the North Star Classic League. They also play against several of the local Class C amateur teams during the season. Many of the players are former Cold Spring Springers, there are several ball players from the around the area. The Silver Springers are in their 6th season, they claimed third place in the state in their first year and now they have won four of the last five state championships. They just won their third in the row last Sunday in Cold Spring. The second weekend of the tourney was held in Cold Spring and the first weekend was held in Burnsville. This is indeed a family atmosphere, as many of the players have young children and their wives that attend the games. Families fill the stands for these games, where it is a little more laid back than amateur ball, but they still play the game hard. Please see the Silver Springers state tourney recaps of their four games. The teams are made up of players over 35 with several players that are in their mid 50's.
Silver Springers 7 Crosstown Traffic 3
The Silver Springers of Cold Spring in their first round of the state tourney, topped Crosstown Traffic 7-3, behind the pitching performance of Dave Hinkemeyer. Dave threw 4 1/3 innings, walked just one, scattered 6 hits and he recorded 2 strikeouts. Todd Steil earned the save with 2 2/3 innings of relief, he gave up 3 hits and had one strikeout. Rod Schafer went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI, Greg Bemboom went 2-3 with a run scored. Brent Schloe went 2-2, he had a triple and he scored 2 runs, the former St. Joe Saint can still play the game, as he made some nice plays at first base too. Bill Theis went 1-2 with 2 stolen bases and a RBI. Todd Steil went 1-2 with a RBI. Steve Huls went 1-4 with a run scored and a walk, Todd Geislinger went 1-1 with a double. Mike Arnold went 1-2, scored a run and he had a stolen base and Derek Falde went 1-3 with a RBI. The defense was led by some very nice plays by Steve Huls and Greg Bemboom!
Silver Springers 13 Alexandria 3
The Silver Springers topped the Clippers of Alexandria 13-3, behind the strong pitching performance by Dave Schlangen. Dave threw 4 1/3 innings, he scattered 4 hits, walked 3 and he recorded 4 strikeouts. Nate LeBeck closed it out with 1 2/3 innings of relief, he walked 2, scattered 3 hits and recorded one strikeout. Steve Huls had a great night at the plate, as he went 3-3 with a double, scored 2 runs, walked and he had 3 big RBI's. Mike Arnold had a great game as he went 2-2 with a double, 1 run scored and a stolen base and Chad Hess went 2-3 with 2 runs scored. Todd Geislinger went 1-2 with a home run, 2 walks and 2 runs scored and John Thies went 1-2 with a RBI. Brent Schloe went 1-3 with a RBI and one walk and Todd Steil went 1-2 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks. Bill Thies went 1-4 with RBI, stolen base and a run scored and Rod Schafer went 1-3. Bob Kleefsaas went 1-1 with a RBI, walk and a run scored. Rod Schafer continues to do amazing things behind the place.
Silver Springers 6 Minnetonka Saints 3
The Silver Springers advanced to the championship game with a big win over the Minnetonka Saints 6-3, behind a strong pitching performance by Dave Schlangen. Dave threw a complete game, scattered 8 hits, walked 3 and he recorded 8 strikeouts. Steve Huls had a big game as he went 2-3 with a double, run scored and 2 big RBI's! Chad Hess had a great game at the plate as he went 2-3 with a double, run scored! Todd Geislinger went 1-2 with a double and a big RBI, as the former Clipper can still swing the bat! Todd Steil went 1-2 with a double, stolen base, run scored and a huge RBI and Bill Theis went 2-3 with a double and a run scored. Mike Arnold went 1-3 with a run scored, the former Kimball Express play is still playing some great baseball. Derek Falde went 1-3 with a big RBI.
Silver Springers 7 Minnetonka Saints 5
The Silver Springers won their third state consecutive championship as they topped the Saints of Minnetonka 7-5, behind the pitching efforts of Tim Martin and Todd Steil. Tim Martin, the player manager for the Class B Brainerd Bees was the starting pitcher. Tim threw 2 2/3 innings and Todd Steil earned the win with 4 1/3 innings of relief. He scattered 4 hits, walk 1 and he recorded 3 strikeouts. Todd Geislinger had a huge day as he went 2-3 with a double, a run scored and 2 big RBI's! Bill Thies continued to have a great tourney, as he went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI! Rod Schafer had a great day, as he went 1-2 with a walk, 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Mike Arnold had two big sacrifices for 2 RBI's, Tim Martin went 1-3 and Bob Kleefsaas went 1-2 with a walk.
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