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Getting to CHS Field

Back Where It All Started, Saints Team Up With Killebrew Root Beer For Townball Game In Miesville

ST. PAUL, MN May 3, 2018

It was 10-years ago that the St. Paul Saints took their show on the road for a very unique exhibition game.  In 2008 the Saints barnstormed against a local townball team in Miesville.  In honor of the 10-year anniversary the Saints, in conjunction with Killebrew Root Beer, are headed back to where it all started as they will play an exhibition game against the Miesville Mudhens, featuring the South Metro All-Stars, at Jack Ruhr Field.

 

          For the 11th consecutive season the Saints will play an exhibition game in a neighboring Minnesota city on a field known for its place in townball history.  On Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. the Saints will take on the Miesville Mudhens/South Metro All-Stars at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville, presented by Killebrew Root Beer.  The field is located at 14221 240th St E in Hastings.  The All-Star team will consist of the best players in the league from nine different teams (Burnsville, Cannon Falls, Dundas, Hastings, Lake City, Miesville, Northfield, Randolph, and Red Wing).  The Mudhens are the reigning Class B State Champions and have won seven State titles.

 

          “Killebrew Root Beer is very excited to be working with the St. Paul Saints and the Miesville Mudhens for the 2018 Town Ball Barnstorming game,” said RJM President of RJM Distributing, Jim Lundeen.  “The success of this annual town baseball event continues to grow as we close the first decade of these fundraising games.”

 

          Much of Minnesota’s baseball history has played out on “townball” fields around the State.  Jack Ruhr Field and its home team, the seven-time state champion Miesville Mudhens, represent the role amateur baseball has played in Minnesota.   The ballpark is immortalized in three separate pieces by famed sports artist, Terrence Fogarty.

 

          Gates open at 5 p.m., with the Saints taking batting practice at that time, a 6:00 p.m. home run derby and the game beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Little League players eight and under can shag balls during the home run derby.

 

          The game against the Miesville Mudhens/South Metro All-Stars will help raise money for their field, concessions and restroom facilities.  During the game there will be a raffle, prizes given away, a silent auction and activities for the kids.

 

          Tickets for this special exhibition game are $5 and can be purchased at the gate.  Kids five and under are free.

 

          The Saints began their barnstorming tradition in 2008 when they celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville.  Here is a list of games they have played during their barnstorming tour:

 

Year  Opponent                                           Location

2008  Miesville Mudhens                              Jack Ruhr Field, Miesville

2009  Cannon Valley League All-Stars          Jack Ruhr Field, Miseville

2010  River Valley All-Stars                         Athletic Park, Chaska

2010  Riverview League All-Stars                Veterans Field, Minnetonka

2011  Cold Spring Springers                       Cold Spring Park, Cold Spring

2011  St. Paul Amateur All-Stars                Toni Stone Field, St. Paul (Rained Out)

2012  Hinckley Knights/East-Minny A.S          The Brennan, Hinckley

2013  North Star League All-Stars              Municipal Stadium in Central Park, Delano

2014  Anoka Bucs/Metro Minny All-Stars          Castle Field, Anoka

2015 Owatonna Aces/Southern Minny All-Stars          Dartts Park, Owatonna

2016 Forest Lake Brewers/Metro Minny All-Stars            Ballpark at Schumacher Field, Forest Lake

2017 St. Croix Valley All-Stars                    First National Bank of River Falls Field