Springfield hopes to carry on storied tradition of playing in the state tournament
The storied history of baseball in Springfield will continue to grow this summer as the Tigers town team hosts the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
Riverside Park, already a gem of a diamond, received another $650,000 renovation as Springfield prepares to host the best Class C teams in the state in August.
As the state tournament draws near, the Tigers would love nothing more than to play in front of their home crowd. A roster that was already loaded with talent returns a former Willmar Stinger in Sam Baier and adds professional pitcher Jordan Milbrath - both of whom are Springfield born and raised.
As the Tigers look forward to a potential state tournament birth - something that has been commonplace - let’s look back at Springfield’s rich history of playing town ball in the state tournament.
According to information from the Springfield Tigers website, the team has made 30 trips to the state tournament, winning the championship in 1944 and 1946, coming in second in 1928, 1929, 1948 and 1959, and taking third place in 1951, 1993 and 1998.