Six local ball players take to the diamond in all-star game

Five of Anoka-Hennepin School District’s ball players and one from St. Francis took the field June 22 and 23 for the annual Lions All-Star Series.

During a regular season ball game against Andover, Coon Rapids Cardinal and Lions all-star Alex Wojciechowski attempts to put the tag on a base runner. File photo by Bill Jones

During a regular season ball game against Andover, Coon Rapids Cardinal and Lions all-star Alex Wojciechowski attempts to put the tag on a base runner. File photo by Bill Jones

Now in its 38th year, the tournament features high-caliber innings played by 80 of the best baseball players among Minnesota’s recent crop of high school graduates.

Local athletes selected to play on the Metro East team for this year’s all-star game include:

• Patrick O’Donnell, Andover High School outfielder

• Brent Stong, Andover High School pitcher

• Tanner Schumacher, Blaine High School pitcher

• Cody Herrmann, Coon Rapids High School pitcher

• Alex Wojciechowski, Coon Rapids High School pitcher/first baseman

• Andy Julkowski, St. Francis High School outfielder/infielder

Winning all three of their series games, the Metro East team took home the coveted trophy – and the well-deserved bragging rights that go along with it.

The tournament, played at Chaska Athletic Park in Chaska, saw Metro East open with a 23-9 trouncing of the Southern All-Stars.

Next up, in round two of the tournament Metro East beat the Northern All-Stars, 4-2 and then squeaked past Metro West in round three in a 7-6 ball game to win the championship trophy.

For complete series results and rosters, visit www.mnlionsvisionfoundation.org/all_star_baseball.php.

About the Lions All-Star Series

Sponsored by the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association, the Lions All-Star tournament annually raises more than $20,000 for the Lions Children’s Eye Clinic at the University of Minnesota, money that is distributed via the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation.

To date, the all-star tournament has contributed more than $350,000 to help children enjoy a lifetime of sight.

To learn more about the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation, visit www.mnlionsvisionfoundation.org.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

  • Don Bright

    This event took place 3 weeks ago. Maybe the information should have been given before the event to allow people the opportunity to attend if they wished. I was there and enjoyed watching the boys compete.

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