Upgrades planned to Clipper Field in anticipation of 2015 State Tournament
The summer of 2015 seems like a long way off, but for those planning to host the state amateur baseball tournament, there is lots of work to be done.
Plans are underway for upgrades at Clipper Field in Watkins, one of two host sites – the other is Cold Spring – for the state tourney.
Clipper Field was built in 1981 and is a beautiful ballpark, said Bruce Geislinger, one of the lead organizers of the work. Stadium lights, and electronic scoreboard and dugouts were added in the 1990s to give the field even more charm.
But improvements are needed. “The scoreboard is old enough that new parts can’t be obtained,” said Geislinger, who began playing for the Clippers in 1983, making this summer his 31st year donning the Watkins uniform.
Corporate sponsors are being sought to upgrade the scoreboard. Sponsors will get their names placed on the scoreboard for as long as it’s in use.
From left to right, third row, are 1-Emily McCoy (H), 19-Shelby Teal (R), 40-Katarina Wilke (R), 25-Gabriella Wilke (R), 4-Rebecca Jimenez (P), and coach Dave Wilke. In second row are 16-Mikayla Timm (R), 17-Rachel Ginter (H), 11-Abigail Mooney (R), 12-Katelyn Parsons (R), 5-Alexandra Stahlberg (R), and 9-Sydney Caron (R). In first row are 15-Erin Salo (EVW), 3-McKayla Theisen (P), Lucca Rosemeier (R), 8-Kally Danzl (R), Esmae Heveron (R), 7-Veronica Wilson (EVW), and 13-Alyssa Meed (P). Not pictured are 14-Anna Wochnick (R), and 41-Sarah Suhr (EVW). Key for participating school is (P)-Paynesville; (R)-Richmond; (H)-Home School; and (EVW)-Eden Valley Watkins. Submitted photo.
The Watkins Clippers battled the Maple Lake Lakers Friday night, Aug. 23, at Irish Stadium, in Class C State Tournament action. Having earned a first-round bye, the Clippers fell short in the second round of the tourney, losing to the Lakers 9-2. Matt Geislinger pitched just over an inning and took the loss, giving up 4 runs on as many hits. He was relieved by Sacred Heart native Jeremy Hinderks, who went six innings and surrendered 5 runs on 7 hits. Bruce Geislinger mopped up, throwing an inning and giving up no runs. Maple Lake’s Mitch Wurm got the win.
With summer swiftly sliding away, as it is so wont to do, another high school sports term is upon us. Competition gets underway at the end of the month and all concerned are anxious to run, kick, and spike their way through the 2013 season.
“Monster” Mike Schultz enjoys summer. He’s really enjoying this summer.
Schultz won the gold medal in early August at the Adaptive Moto-X event at the ESPN Summer X-Games in Los Angeles.
Winning gold never gets old to Schultz who knew he had his work cut out for him at the ESPN games.
“I knew I would have some stiff competition so I built a practice track at home.”
Before the competition in practice at the event “a couple of the other guys looked strong,” Schultz said. “I knew I needed a good start and at the first corner I was in second place.”