Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.
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For most major league baseball fans, every season ushers in four stages of emotion. First, optimism. Then hope. Then reality. And finally, resignation. The majority of Minnesota Twins fans, I think, are hovering at the brink of stage four. They may have been there already, and though some of them may have re-thought their status due to the team’s recent victories over mediocre rivals, there’s no doubting the odds. The Twins own a losing record, and it’s too late for them to win the AL Central Division.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington VFW Post 3958 baseball team has plenty to look forward to as it angles toward the playoff season, but in order to take advantage it’ll have to turn its fortunes around. Post 3958 has finished its regular season with a 13-9 overall record, including 6-2 in conference play. But the team is coming off four one-sided losses against Elk River, New Ulm, Marshall and Luverne.
HADLEY -- For 25 years, Myron Bennett has filled out lineup cards for the Hadley Buttermakers baseball team. And on Sept. 15 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, he will be inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. Bennett will achieve his measure of immortality along with Randy Heidmann of St. Mathias and Gaylord, Dave Hartmann of Arlington, Gary Hess of Fairfax and Bruce Rosenow of Hutchinson.
WORTHINGTON -- There’s one thing that could be said about the Cubs after Milroy scored 11 runs in the second inning Wednesday night and rolled to a 21-9 amateur baseball victory in seven innings. The Cubs didn’t quit and, in fact, were outscored by only one run through the final five innings.
WORTHINGTON -- There’s a certain kind of sports fan who doesn’t mind seeing a favorite athlete kicking up a little mud. These are the fans who like to feel the open air on a summer evening. They like the smell of gasoline and grease.
JACKSON -- Wade Wacker enjoys his life. He’s proud of his family. He’s got a successful business. He’s making an impact in young people’s lives through a Christian group called “Reasons for Hope.” He looks back on a high school athletic career at Jackson High School that, in his own words, was “a fairy tale.”
WINDOM -- They play basketball on donkeys. So why not play a baseball game in boats? The idea was suggested Monday to Windom Pirates player-coach Nick Kulseth as a unique fundraising tool. Windom’s beautiful Island Park baseball complex next to the Des Moines River is mostly under water and will remain unplayable throughout the remainder of the summer season. Hence, the boating idea.
MILROY -- For amateur baseball fans in the Milroy area, it would be a match made in heaven. And a match never before assembled. On Sunday, Minnesota Twins president Dave St. Peter went to Twitter to propose that the Milroy Yankees and the Milroy Irish play a charity game together next year at Target Field. If it happens, it will be the first time the two clubs have ever met on a baseball diamond.
BY AARON HAGEN The Globe WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Cubs found themselves in a big hole in Friday night’s amateur baseball game against the Windom Pirates. And while the Cubs were able to mount a small comeback, the deficit was too much in a 16-6 loss.
WORTHINGTON -- Any baseball fan who says summer is the same as spring probably hasn’t played in both seasons. High school baseball players have to juggle a lot of balls -- the game itself, and teachers, homework, maybe a part-time job -- and in most cases, steeper demands -- a mindset that places a greater emphasis on winning, a kind of unspoken pressure to perform at a high level for school pride. Summer ball is more laid-back. Fun.