Coon Rapids Little Leaguers win Mauer Cup

Coon Rapids National Little Leaguers (CRNLL) seem to drink from a bottomless cup – a cup of winning ball games, that is.

Coon Rapids National Little Leaguers won the third annual Mauer Cup last month. The tournament is played to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is organized and sponsored by Mauer Chevrolet. Pictured here are Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer’s mother and brother, Teresa Mauer and Billy Mauer, and Billy’s two children next to (back row, left-right) Coach Brian Olson, Coach Dave De Jong, Coach Dave Thompson, Jake Mauer (Joe’s grandfather), Ed Witschen, (middle row, left to right) Garrett Michaelson, Shane Vadnais, Dylan Davis, Max Hayes, Jarrett Davis, Donald Rowell IV, Debbie Witschen and Amanda, a St. Jude representative; (front row, left to right) Cole Olson, Calvin Ybarra, Tyler Busta, Alex De Jong, Grant Woodward and Pierce Orlikowski. Photo courtesy of Lori DeJong

Coon Rapids National Little Leaguers won the third annual Mauer Cup last month. The tournament is played to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is organized and sponsored by Mauer Chevrolet. Pictured here are Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer’s mother and brother, Teresa Mauer and Billy Mauer, and Billy’s two children next to (back row, left-right) Coach Brian Olson, Coach Dave De Jong, Coach Dave Thompson, Jake Mauer (Joe’s father), Ed Witschen, (middle row, left to right) Garrett Michaelson, Shane Vadnais, Dylan Davis, Max Hayes, Jarrett Davis, Donald Rowell IV, Debbie Witschen and Amanda, a St. Jude representative; (front row, left to right) Cole Olson, Calvin Ybarra, Tyler Busta, Alex De Jong, Grant Woodward and Pierce Orlikowski. Photo courtesy of Lori DeJong

Most recently, the 11- and 12-year old Little Leaguers took home the Mauer Cup trophy after going undefeated the entire tournament – both in pool play and bracket play.

In the July 28 championship game, CRNLL beat St. Anthony 12-5.

The July 14-28 Mauer Cup is an annual end-of-season baseball tournament officially sanctioned by Little League International and a fund-raiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The tournament is organized and sponsored by Mauer Chevrolet, an Inver Grove Heights car dealership owned and operated by Minnesota Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer’s brother, Billy Mauer.

CRNLL hosted all the games for this year’s Mauer Cup tournament, except the championship game which was hosted by Plymouth/New Hope Little League.

According to the Mauer Cup website, the tournament has two goals: to keep kids outside and active and to teach (children) the benefits of “raising funds for a very worthy cause.”

Tournament games are pool play followed by single elimination bracket play, and the cup follows 2012 Little League regular season rules and regulations, including continuous batting.

The Mauer Cup is open to regular season teams from Little League’s Major Division or equivalent teams that play in other organizations.

Seventy-five percent of each team’s $500 registration fee is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Additional funds are raised for St. Jude with the sale of raffle tickets sold by Mauer Cup participating teams and at tournament game locations.

To learn more about the Mauer Cup, visit www.mauercup.org.

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


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