The Town Tigers took their lumps at Jordan on Tuesday, June 25, but responded at home on Sunday with a bounce-back win over Arlington, pushing their RVL record to a solid 7-3 (13-6 overall). The Tigers hosted Fairfax last night, July 2; check bptigertown.com or its social media channels for details. 

Jordan is atop the RVL Central standings with a 9-1 record, while Gaylord, 6-3, with five consecutive victories, is hot on the Tigers’ heels. The other five RVL C teams are under .500 in league play, with Henderson and Le Sueur at 4-5, Arlington (2-6), St. Peter (1-3) and Fairfax (1-8).

Brent Meyer Memorial & Tiger Alumni Night was held on Friday, June 28, at Tiger Park. Pregame ceremonies began by honoring the MBA’s newest Hall of Fame member Dave “Greek” Wagner, who was lauded by Tom Redman, his campaign manager. The 1994 Tigers were then remembered for this year being the 25th anniversary season of the team’s only state title, with special attention given to their field manager, the late Brent Meyer, who passed away last October at age 54.

Emcee John Bergs, Belle Plaine Baseball Association President Dennis Lawson and Gerry “Mize” Meyer, Brent’s father and former BPBA President, all paid tribute to No. 39 with heartfelt words on the microphone, remembering him as a person with a second-to-none passion for faith, family and baseball. The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of a new tabletop bearing Meyer’s inscription, as well as conducting several ceremonial first pitches thrown by Brent’s youngest son, Jack. (Please note: several videos and hundreds of photos from Friday’s festivities are posted at facebook.com/bptigertown.) 

A good number of Meyer’s former players then took the field for the first Tiger alumni game since 2008, except unlike the last time, the alumni took on the current Town Tigers instead of fellow old timers. Matt Schultz’s three-run, first-inning double gave the town ballers a 3-0 lead that held up through four, but the legends scored one, one and two runs over the last three frames before refusing to play any further, thus gaining a 4-4 tie that will transform into a lopsided victory as the years roll on.

Due to the extended Independence Day holiday weekend, the locals won’t return to action until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9,  at St. Peter. The Tigers bested the Saints in an earlier matchup this season, 9-1.

June 25: Jordan 9, BP 2

Belle Plaine made the seven mile trip to Jordan to square off against the Brewers in a battle of the RVL Central’s top two teams. The Tigers sent Wes Sarsland to the mound, while the Brewers countered with Scott Hollingsworth – a salty vet who has been winning games since before half the Tigers were born. 

Although our fellows struck early, scoring single runs in the first and second innings, that’s all the Tigers could muster as Hollingsworth showed why he has lasted all these years, stranding baserunners in the third, fourth and fifth innings. 

Three runs in the fifth frame were more than enough for the Brewers, who also added one in the seventh and three in the eighth. Sarsland went six-plus innings and yielded as many runs, followed by Josh Terrio, who coughed up three more tallies over the final two innings.

El Tigre had seven hits in the game but could not get a big one, and no Tiger notched more than one safety. Like Pedro Martinez and the Yankees, the Tigers will have to keep calling the Brewers “Daddy” for their continued domination in the head-to-head series.

June 30: Arlington 3, BP 5

Although stormy skies and some afternoon rain showers momentarily looked to put the 6 p.m. contest in peril, it turned into a beautiful evening for Little Leaguers, free root-beer floats and baseball. After falling 5-4 at Arlington on May 29, the Tigers were seeking to settle the regular-season score. 

Brody Curtiss took the ball from manager Matt Ruehling and was staked to a 1-0 in the second inning when after a lengthy at-bat, Derek Dahlke ripped a line-drive home run over the left-field wall – his first of the season. The A’s manufactured a run in the third and the score remained tied at 1-1 through five and a half innings.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Tigertown Express broke through with four runs, the key blow a two-run single up the box by Clayton “Twice a Tiger, Always a Tiger” Meyer. The spry right-hander would be needed again in the Arlington eighth, as BP started the frame with consecutive errors. After a single and a hit batsman, Curtiss got the hook. 

Although both A’s baserunners who reached by error came around to score, Meyer worked out of further trouble before breezing through the ninth with two strikeouts and a diving, game-ending, beauty of a catch by right fielder Chase Emmers. 

Seven Tigers collected hits, with Curtiss (2-for-4) the only Tiger to tally more than one.

TOWN TEAM BASEBALL SCHEDULE

7-3 in league play

13-6 overall

# = non-league game and/or doesn’t count towards 

RVL ‘C’ Standings

L    Friday, May 3 

#Carver Black Sox 13, BP 2

W   Sunday, May 5 

Le Sueur Braves 3, BP 8

W   Friday, May 10

#Hamburg Hawks 2, BP 4

W   Saturday, May 11

#Webster Sox 0, BP 8

L    Friday, May 17  

Gaylord Islanders 9, BP 7

W   Friday, May 24

Henderson Tigers 1, BP 7

L   Wednesday, May 29

Arlington 5, BP 4

W   Friday, May 31

St. Peter 1, BP 9

W  Sunday, June 2 

Gaylord 2, BP 4 

W  Friday, June 7 

Minn. Lake Royals 2, BP 12 

L   Saturday, June 8 

Hamburg 6, BP 5

W  Wednesday, June 12

Lonsdale Aces 9,, BP 11

W  Friday, June 14

Fairfax Cardinals, BP 8

W  Sunday, June 16 

Henderson Tigers 1, BP 16 

L / W / W   June 22-23

Farming Invitational

#Farming 4, BP 0 

#Winsted 1, BP 2

#Sartell 6, BP 13

L  Tuesday, June 25 

Jordan Brewers 9, BP 2 

Friday, June 28

Belle Plaine Tiger Alumni

Brent Meyer Memorial / Tiger Alumni Night in BP

W  Sunday, June 30 

Arlington A’s 3, BP 5

Tuesday, July 2  

Fairfax Cardinals

Senior Citizens Night 

Ernie Stumpf Band 

Belle Plaine -  7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9 

St. Peter Saints

St. Peter - 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, July 12

Le Sueur Braves

Le Sueur - 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday, July 14 

Jordan Brewers

Day of Baseball /

Belle Plaine - 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, July 17

Waconia Lakers #

Waconia - 7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, July 23

Dassel-Cokato Saints # 

Fan Appreciation Night 

(free prizes every inning)

Belle Plaine - 7:30 p.m. 

REGION 6C PLAYOFFS

July 27-28, Aug. 3-4, 10-11

CLASS‘C’STATE TOURNEY 

(Maple Lake–Delano–Dassel)

Aug. 16-18, 23-25, 30-Sept. 2

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