From L- Springfield Police Chief John Nicholson, City Manager Joe Stremcha  and Dale Knutson, Superintendent, City Parks.

City, Baseball Association prepares for State tournament

Early last week representatives from the Minnesota Baseball Association, Springfield City Hall, Police and Springfield Baseball Association met with Brown County Public Health to discuss plans for the upcoming state baseball tournament.

Brown County Public Health Director Karen Moritz was on hand as she heard of current plans and made recommendations on how they could follow the State guidelines due to Covid-19. 

“We are pleased that we are going ahead with the State baseball tournament,” said Dale (Lumber) Lindmeier, President of the Springfield Baseball Association. “We are working closely with Brown County Public Health to implement all the necessary guidelines.” 

To make sure everyone is as safe as they can be during the state tournament, the Baseball Association is implementing the guidelines at all games. This includes disinfecting between games and hand sanitizers at multiple locations. They have and will set up cones and put up arrows and stickers down to direct traffic through the park. The ball field has numerous signs throughout the place, reminding people to socially distance. They’ve also set up new barrier ropes to keep people distanced as they’re getting refreshments at the concession stand. 

“We are asking for the fans help when they are coming to the ball park, to follow the guidelines, especially social distancing, so that we will be able to continue to host the state tournament,” said Lindmeier. “Announcements will be made at all games, numerous times to remind fans of the guidelines and if the guidelines are not followed we will stop the game until they’re followed.”  

If anyone has any questions about the guidelines at the park you can speak with Lindmeier any board member or worker about the rules. 

Lindmeier would also like to give a shout out to Milroy for their involvement with the tournament. 

“We are thankful for the Milroy Yankees for stepping up and being our partner in hosting the State C Tournament,” said Lindmeier. 

State Tournament tickets 

Springfield is now the main site for all the Class C games for the State Tournament. All tickets for the games will be presold. If any tickets are left, they will be sold at the gate. 

“Class C teams usually draw very well. Available tickets could be minimal,” said Lindmeier. 

He recommends if you’d like to come to a tournament game, to volunteer at the game. There’s a variety of volunteer positions that are available and they need as many volunteers as possible. Volunteering for the tournament won’t take up too much time as they are scheduling each volunteer opportunity at only two hours. 

There are numerous volunteer activities and positions available. Volunteer ages are open from youth baseball aged on up and they’re open to all skill levels. 

There are several types of areas that they need help with including concession stand workers. Regulations currently require wearing a face mask and gloves at the concession stand. 

They also need people as ticket sellers and at the Pass Gate.

Volunteer opportunities also include helping to run the scoreboard, directing traffic, hosting media and selling merchandise.  

Call and leave a message for Dale Lindmeier to sign up –507-723-6733. 

Region 2C Playoff games 

With the Springfield Tigers clinching the Tomahawk East championship, playoff games will begin this weekend. 

The Springfield Tigers will play this Saturday at home. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.. 

With the attendance guidelines in place, Lindmeier recommends that fans come early. Ticket sales will be at the gate.