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4/10/2017:  Tryouts will be held on Sunday May 7th for all players interested in playing summer legion baseball at Legion Field. Sign in at 11:00AM. 
AV 76er Legion Baseball/ Summer Club Baseball Conflicts:


The Apple Valley 76er Legion Baseball Program encompasses both Junior Legion and Senior Legion summer baseball programs for Apple Valley Players ages 15 through 19 years old.

  It seems that club sports have moved into the arena of summer baseball.  This is something relatively new for our sport in Minnesota.  Although AV 76er Legion Baseball is a strong proponent of multi-sport athletes, club baseball has provided fall, winter, and even spring opportunities for baseball players in Minnesota.

  As the board examined several of the developing summer club teams’ schedules (up to 2-3 practices per week and up to 5 summer tournaments), it becomes clear that a player could not play both summer club baseball and for AV 76er Legion Baseball summer program.  There would be too many conflicts with schedules, and the health of our athletes’ arms/bodies trying to do both would not be a positive situation.  We want all our families to be aware of this conflict and realize it is not possible to play both.

  If you have registered for both, we strongly encourage you to stay with the AV 76er Legion Baseball Community Program and reconsider your club organization.  Most organizations will provide a refund if requested. 

  If a player decides to play club baseball, AV 76er Legion Baseball eligibility will not be granted in current or future years due to conflicts listed above and/or possible detriment to those players who remain dedicated to the community program.

  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact either Brady Sweitzer (651-308-2595) or Bruce Young (612-850-1948) to further discuss.



5/12/2016: Post 1776 has sponsored legion baseball in Apple Valley for 39 consecutive years. 
The Apple Valley 76ers will not have a Legion Team in 2016 due to lack of interest by AVHS baseball players. With only a handful of varsity players interested in playing summer baseball for the 76ers, the result is not enough players to form a team.
1/19/2016: This year in addition to players and parents signing their player agreement  and providing their birth certificate, players will be required to sign the ALB Drug and Alcohol Policy Agreement.
11/15/15:  Contract has been approved to build new pressbox on top of 1B dugout. Work to be completed before 2016 season.
7/25/15:  After going 7 wins and 9 losses to complete the 2nd half of the season posting a 19 - 14 regular season record,
the 76ers limped into the Sub-State 5 playoff with only 11 healthy players. The 76ers faced a dominating Lakeville South pitcher in the first Sub-State game and loss  a 4 to 1 matchup that put the 76ers in the losers bracket.
However the 76ers got going and ran off three straight wins over Lakeville North II, Burnsville and Rosemount. This set up the Sub-State 5 Championship game with the winner advancing to the state tournament. Woodbury Blue was the opponent.
With 2 out in the bottom of the 9th and runners on 2nd and 3rd the 76er batter grounded out to end the game. Woodbury Blue 5 Apple Valley 4. Woodbury Blue advanced. 
7/1/15: Last night Burnsville handed the 76ers a bad loss and completely dominated this game and went on
to win 15 - 1. Pitching was the problem as the 76ers used 5 pitchers who gave up 9 walks in the 5 inning 10 run
rule loss. Arm injuries and pitchers who didn't have enough rest to pitch created the ugly situation as position players tried to fill-in. Tonight the 76ers opponent is Eastview at Legion Field 7PM. 
6/30/15:  After beginning the season with a tough tournament start in Sioux Falls, going 2 -3, the 76ers ran off 10 straight wins to raise their season record to 12 - 3. During the St Cloud Tournament, the coaching staff was able to evaluate the
roster and players began to fit into their respective roles. With a non-league win versus Shakopee (3 - 1) the team seemed to be picking up steam and then a nice Substate opponent win over Rosemount (9 - 4) had the 76ers on a nice winning streak.
In Kenosha, WI the Andy Smith Classic the tournament was a disappointment as the fields were in poor shape from lack of maintenance and the tournament was poorly administered. However the 76ers played four games and had wins over Milwaukee, Highland, IN and Lodi, Wi. The lone loss was to Elgin, IL 5 - 4. 
6/15/15:  See 2015 Schedule:  Kenosha Tournament pool play has changed and changes effect the 76ers schedule.
6/13/15:  Cole Johnson, Logan Gagnon and Nick Kraemer combined to pitch the win over Lincoln North East of Lincoln, NE.  Logan Gagnon, Cole Johnson, Noah Sanders, and Zach Parks all had two hits as the 76ers won their second game of the season to bring their season record to 2 wins and 3 losses. Noah Sanders hit a Home Run in the 5th Inning to provide the winning run. 76ers 6, Lincoln NE 5. 
6/13/15:  The second game on Saturday had the 76ers facing Lincoln Pius of Nebraska. Pius was probably the best team the 76ers faced during the tournament. In a close game the Pius team won 3 - 1 and the 76ers just could not get a timely hit as they left 9 runners on base.
6/13/15:  On Saturday the 76ers were scheduled to play on the beautiful turf infield at Augustana College, and faced the Paola, KS team and won 3 - 0 for their first win of the season. Henry Luetje pitched the first three innings and Noah Sibell finished the final four innings to combine for the win. Together the two allowed only four base runners on one single, two walks and a bunt base hit. Josh Rehwaldt had an RBI double and scored a run.

6/12/15:  Also on Friday, in Sioux Falls, the 76ers second game of the day had the 76ers playing Milliard South of Omaha, NE. Zach Parks pitched a strong game and with one out in the 6th inning the game was scoreless. Parks had faced 17 batters and had not given up a hit or a run. However with one out in the 6th Inning, Milliard South hit back to back singles and with a successful sac bunt had runners on 2nd and 3rd. A 2 run RBI single, a hit batsman and a double gave Milliard a 4 run lead. Parks was replaced on the mound by Noah Sibell who pitched the last inning but Milliard had his number as they scored three more runs on 4 hits to get the win 7 - 0.


6/12/15:  The Sioux Falls Tournament had the 76ers scheduled to play 5 games. In the opener versus Yankton, S.D., the Yankton team got off to an early two run lead, added a run in the 5 and 7th innings to take an easy 4 run lead although the 76ers came to life in the 7th Inning when Henry Luetje walked, Sean Tanberg singled and Sam Wetzel drove both in with a 2 run RBI single, however the game ended there and Yankton gave the 76ers their first loss of the new season 4 - 2.

6/10/15:  Please see schedule changes for the St Cloud Tournament on schedule page - now have Thursday game

               Mankato game is cancelled

6/4/15:  St Cloud Tournament pool play added to Schedule menu.

             Wayzata Game cancelled


5/14/15: Upper Midwest Classic in New Ulm Tournament games are now posted on Schedule menu.


5/7/15:  Pairings for Sioux Falls, SD Tournament are now posted on Schedule menu. 



Thanks to Apple Valley Post 1776 with the installation assistance from City of Apple Valley Parks for our new field sign

and updates to Legion Field bleachers, concession and press box building. A special thank you to the

Norlyn Smith Estate for Mr. Smith's donation to make upgrades possible. 













                 "Legion Field Home of the 76ers"






4/25/2015:  Tryouts were held at Legion Field today and teams were selected, 76er team is posted here on website: see side menu: "2015 Roster" 
6/20/13:  The first League D win for the 76ers came Thursday nite with a 3 - 0 Win over Shakopee. Nick Swanson hurled a 6 hit shutout for the win. Jamil Dunbar came in the 7th to retire the side and get the save. Batting leaders were Garrett Ganskie who had 2 hits and two walks for a 1000% on base average for the game. Cole Johnson added two hits and scored a run and Andy Ostapowycz had a 2 run producing single in the 3rd Inning to open the scoring. An insurance run came in the 4th when Logan Kohorst led off the inning with a double down the left field line and after moving to thrid on a passed ball scored on Brady Casperson's Sacrifice fly to Right Field.
6/19/13: Apple Valley had 5 hits but only scored once as Prior Lake had 13 hits and scored 10 runs with the 76ers helping the Prior Lake cause with three errors.
Final, Prior Lake 10 Apple Valley 1. This loss puts the season record at 2 wins and 6 losses. Next up in League play is Shakopee at Tahpah Park in Shakopee Thursday at 7PM. 
Weekend tournament play begins Friday in Mankato with a 3:30PM game at Franklin Rogers versus Austin and a second game at Mankato East versus Kenyon at 7PM. Saturday the 76ers will play at 3:30PM versus Mankato American at Mankato East HS Field. Like records will play Sunday time TBD.
6/18/13: In the 76ers 2nd league game they played Lakeville North who were playing their first game after extending their High School season with play in the HS State Tournament where they won the Consolation Championship. In a close game the 76ers pitched Dustin Varpness who gave up 7 runs on 9 hits. With the game tied at 4 - 4 in the 5th Inning the North team managed to score two more runs and added another run in the 7th to close the game out 7 - 4.
6/17/13: After losing two games the 76ers got back in the win column with two tournament wins in the Eagan Tournament. 76ers beat Lakeville South 2 - 0 and Holy Angels 3 - 1.
Both wins were highlighted by outstanding pitch performances.  Dustin Varpness threw a 4 hitter versus Lakeville South and Garrett Ganskie threw a no hitter versus the Holy Angel team.
Ganskie also had two hits and scored twice to lead the scoring in the Holy Angels game. Noah Ford had a key two out single to add an insurance run. Still in pool play the 76ers defensive play lead to a a lopp sided win for Eden Prairie as the 76ers were shut out and lost 6 - 0. However their two wins were enough to advance to Sundays Semi-Final game with Inver Grove Heights.  For the first time in this early season the pitching was not sharp and the IGH team scored 10 runs on 10 hits including two HR's. Inver Grove went on to win 10 - 2 to eliminate the 76ers.
5/5/13:  Tryouts to be held at Legion Field:  16yr olds 10AM,  17-19yr olds 12:45PM  
8/20/11:  2011Season wrap-up was a season of "almosts."  Hitting was good at times and pitching was good at times, but neither was consistent.
A good start to the season with a solid showing in the Eagan tournament, the 76ers played for the Championship but Lost to Lincoln, NE.  
The 76ers followed up in Winona playing poorly going 1 and 3, however the win was over tournament champion Rochester Patriots (6-0). 
The 76ers bounced back in the New Ulm Tournament with a 4 - 2 record but again losing the Championship game
(this time to Eastview).
The Gopher Classic record was 3 - 2 with wins over Meridian ID, Bemidji and Mitchell, SD, but not good enough to advance from their pool to the quarter or semifinal or Championship round.
The last regular season weekend tournament had the 76ers traveling to Sioux Falls, SD where the the 76ers played well enough to advance with a 3 - 0 record to the Championship game. However again the 76ers didn't have enough pitching to finish out the tournament and ended up losing to the host Sioux Falls East.
The 2011 regular League schedule mirrored the Weekend tournament schedule as the 76ers ended up 5 - 7 in League D play.
While the 2011 team was not as successful as previous 76er teams (going only 18 - 18 on the season), this 2011 team was very young and the experience received should help with the upcoming seasons as several players have multiple years of eligibility remaining.
Thus the time honored phrase holds true, "Wait'll Next Year!"
 6/19/11:Rain Rain Go Away! Both tournament scheduled games today were cancelled because of rain and wet field conditions.  Weather permitting, play will continue with the 76ers to play Blaine at 11:30AM Sunday at Goathill.  The winner will advance to the semifinal game at 2:00PM as the wildcard based on tie breakers.
6/18/11:  After two rainouts the 76er season has been able to begin on Thursday with a League game versus Lakeville South.  Nate Reagles struck out 8 and Josh Johnson, Dougie Parks and Matt Kissell had two rbi's and two hits each to lead the scoring. Apple Valley 6 and Lakeville South 3.
Friday the first game of the tournament schedule was played in Eagan versus Lincoln Neb. Apple Valley got off to a first inning lead with Garrett Ganskie walking, Reece Gopaul's single and with runners on 1st and 3rd, Josh Johnson coming through with a solid rbi single.  Ben Schneider shut the door on Lincoln through 5 innings allowing only one hit in the 4th and recording 7 strikeouts. However in the 6th Inning Lincoln scored a run to tie the game and Schneider left the game with the bases loaded and one out. Tony Stark came in in relief and got  the next hitter to hit a shallow fly ball to center. The throw home to get the runner tagging up from 3B was slightly up the 3rd base line and the attempt to tag out the runner was missed by inches. Lincoln got one more run and the score ended Lincoln 3 AV 1.
Play continues today in Eagan with the 76ers playing Rosemount at 1:45PM (Eagan HS) and Blaine at 7:30PM (Goat Hill)
6/15/11:  Last night's game versus St Paul Park was rained out. Game will not be made up.
Tonight weather permitting an extra game has been added with Mankato Legion 7PM at Legion Field.
League game with Burnsville has been rescheduled to June 27th at 6PM at AVHS.
6/14/11:The 76ers return only four players for the 2011 season. Pitchers Josh Johnson and Nate Reagles, Second Base man Matt Kissel and Third Baseman Casey Killebrew. 76ers season begins tonight with a non league game versus St Paul Park. Game time is 7PM at Legion Field.  Wednesday's game with Burnsville is being rescheduled due to Burnsville making the High School State tournament. Lakeville South will be the first league opponent and Thursday's game time is 7PM and will be played at Legion Field.  
5/13/11:  Eagan Invitational Tournament has been changed to a pool play tournament. Check schedule page to review
game times on June 17 - 19th.
3/31/11:We are beginning to receive requests from interested parties about what teams are available to Apple Valley High School Baseball players during the summer months. We have three teams: 1) Junior Legion Team is made up of players who are 16 yrs old. 2) Our Senior Babe Team is made up typically of 17 and 18 yr old players and 3) the 76ers (Legion Team) is made up of players who will not reach their 20th birthday in 2011. Tryout date for all teams will be in May and exact times and date will be posted here and at High School at a later date.
2/7/11:The 76er 2011 schedule has been released and can be found to the left in the menu.  Tournament schedule includes Eagan Tournament and as previously mentioned the Gopher Classic. Out of town tournaments this summer include Winona, New Ulm and Sioux Falls, SD. 3rd District Tournament sites include Shakopee, Red Wing, Dundas, Victoria and Burnsville.
1/31/11:Gopher Classic pairings have now been released and teams playing at the Apple Valley site this summer will be: Meridan, ID, Mitchell, SD and Minnesota teams Apple Valley,  Mankato, Bemidji, and Minneapolis Soutwest. This year 66 teams will participate with games being played at 11 Twin City sites. Championship game will again be played at the Metrodome. 

12/19/10:  Player awards were presented at our 76er Banquet to the following:
Rookie of the Year:  Matt Kissell, Pitcher of the Year:  Josh Johnson and Most Valuable Player: Tyler Briggs. College Baseball Scholarship was awarded to Boomer Hermes
12/17/10: Players, Parents and Coaches will meet for the 76er annual year end baseball party to review the past season and talk baseball on Sunday December 19th. Three player awards will be given:  MVP, Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year. The recepient of this years' baseball scholarship will be announced and the 2011 schedule will be discussed.
Apple Valley 76ers have been eliminated from the 3rd District tournament with it's loss today at the hands of Lakeville North. This marks the 2nd time in 9 years that the 76ers have not advanced to the State Tournament.  2006 and now 2010 are the two years that the 76ers have not advanced since 2002. The 2010 addition of the 76ers end the season with a 21 - 16 win loss record. The 76ers wish Lakeville North, Eastview and Eagan well as they move on to the State Tournament in Hibbing representing the 3rd District.
Apple Valley 76ers were led by the hitting of Nate Mowry, Aaron Gretz and Tyler Briggs in their first game of the 2010 season.  Nate had two ropes, Aaron had a two base laser into the right field corner and Tyler hit his first legion homerun over the left field fence. But the real story was Dylan Prichard's pitching. Dylan threw a gem striking out 11 and allowing only 2 hits, throwing a complete game and recording his first 2010 win 4 - 0. The 76ers play again versus Excelsior on Thursday night at Legion Field.
The State American Legion Baseball Pre-Season Poll is now available and the 76ers are ranked Number 8. Check out the poll and all the teams ranked on the page marked "State Legion Poll" on the left menu column.
The 76ers had their first practice yesterday (Wednesday) and begin play versus Mankato Nationals on Tuesday June 15th. Thursday they play Excelsior. Both games will be 7PM at Legion Field.  
Friday play begins in the Forest Lake Tournament versus Bloomington Blue (Bloomington Jefferson).
The 76ers are looking to repeat their strong showing of last year and early indications show they will have an experienced pitching presence with 6 returning starting pitchers from last years' State Runnerup team. "Come out and support the 76ers." 
Edina Legion Tournament will be played July 16 - 18 at Braemar Park. Pairings have now been released with Apple Valley opening versus Wayzata on Friday at 2:00PM. Other teams entered include St Louis Park, Lakeville North, Andover, Burnsville, White Bear Lake and host Edina. A full 8 team single elimination bracket will be played with Champ, 3rd Place, Consolation Champ, and 7th Place games to guarantee 3 games for all teams as a warmup for district tournaments begining the following mid-week.
76er tryouts were held on Sunday May 2, and returning players Matt Bodin, Ryan Geary, Scott Splett, Aaron Gretz, Kris Goodman, Josh Johnson and Ryan Beringer will lead the way with major assistance from returning college players Bryce Hoffa, Nate Mowry, Dylan Prichard and Ryan Zwolensky .  Newcomers include Mike Berens, Tyler Briggs, Joe Kerlin, Casey Killebrew, Matt Kissell and Nathaniel Reagles. Legion play begins in mid June. 
2/06/10:  3rd District team realignments:
League D loses team. Chaska moves to League B.
Chanhassen is new addition to League B. East Ridge is new addition to League F. Lonsdale moves to League C from League B.  For list of teams by League see menu at right:  Am Legion - 3rd District 
1/20/10: 2010 schedule is being worked on and February 6th Coaches Meeting will finalize league games. Check out menu at right to review 2010 Tournament schedule under 2010 Schedule. 
12/30/09:  76er's Awards Banquet last night named the Most Valuable Player, Boomer Hermes, Pitcher of the Year, Ryan Geary  and Most Improved Player, Scott Splett. See players picture here.  Joe Erb, 2007 - 2008 76er pitcher was named the recepient of the 2009 Baseball Scholarship. Joe attends the University of Minnesota.
Most of the players and their parents attended the banquet to honor the 2009 -  76ers who won League D and with their 39 - 11 record earned a berth to the Great Lakes Regional by way of their 3rd District and MN State Tournament play. Players who used up their eligiblity were Jordan Buck, Brandon Peterson, Boomer Hermes and Andy Schwantes.
Here they are picturedwith coaches Al Newman, Bruce Young, Bill Goodman and Tom Butler. Andy Schwantes was missing.
8/8/09: With the Festus, MO loss the 76ers were sent to the elimination braket and were to face Omaha, NE (KB Builders). The 76ers played like a tired team and Omaha went on to win 7-3 sending the 76ers home for the year.
8/8/09: 76ers lost to Festus, MO 10-2. The Festus team outplayed the 76ers in a two part game divided by rain as the game was suspended after 4 innings for 1 hour and 10 minutes by rain. The 76ers never got a much needed key hit leaving 13 men on base and Festus had an easy win over the 76ers.
8/7/09: games were rained out
8/6/09: The 76ers led off the Central Plains Regional at Veterans Field in Minnetonka with a solid win versus the Dickinson, ND roughriders. Pitcher Dylan Prichard began the game shaky with a 1st Inning scare allowing the bases loaded, but Dylan got out of the inning without Dickinson scoring. He then put it on cruise control.  Dylan had 13 strike outs and spread 5 hits over the nine inning game.  
76ers won 6 - 1.
At State the 76ers met the host team New Ulm Gold in their first game. The 76ers and Gold had met twice previously this year and split.  A close game was won by the 76ers in the bottom of the ninth in the rubber match keeping the 76ers in the winners bracket and the Gold moved to the losers bracket.
Next the 76ers easily defeated Wilmar for the second time in two years at the State Tournament, however this year the game was close until it was broken open in the 6th Inning. 76ers went on to win 9-1.
Rochester Patriots was the next opponent and the 76ers won in a suspended game that started Friday and with a rain delay and ultimately a suspended game being completed on Saturday morning.
76ers won 7-3.
Up next was Wayzata from the 10th District and the 76ers eked out a win scoring 6 runs in the 7th Inning after trailing 4-0. Final was 7-4 76ers.
After Rochester Patriots defeated the Wayzata team, the championship matchup became Apple Valley versus the Rochester Patriots.
A close game was won by Rochester 4-3 in the bottom of the 9th.
Rochester advances as state champ to the Great Lakes Regional while Apple Valley advances to the Central Plains Regional.
Great Lakes Regional will be played in Appleton, Wisconsin and the Central Plains Regional will be played in Minnetonka, MN. 
The 76ers drew Dickinson, ND and play will begin Thursday. Game time is 4:30PM at Minnetonka high school. 
7/24/09: In their first game of 3rd Districts play on Wednesday the 76ers hosted Faribault at Legion Field and won 6 - 1. Blake Fangel pitched a gem and kept the Faribault hitters off balance with his change of speeds and breaking ball.
Thursday the 76ers also got great pitching from Dylan Prichard however the St Paul Park pitcher Jose Gonzales was his match. The game was tied 1 to 1 until the 7th Inning when a fly ball was lost in the lights followed by a single for the winning margin. St Paul Park 2 and the 76ers 1. The loss moved the 76ers into the elimination bracket.
Friday the 76ers came roaring back with a 12 - 2 victory over Stillwater. Highlights included a 6 hit 6 strikeout performance by Matt Bodin with several players getting multiple hits including triples by both Andy Schwantes and Boomer Hermes and multiple players with doubles. Scott Splett got the scoring off to a great start with a 1st inning homerun after Matt Gurtcheff led off the game with a single. Shortstop Kris Goodman had some slick fielding chances behind Bodin's pitching performance.  To advance to the State Tournament the 76ers must win two more games. Play resumes Saturday at 2:00PM and 5:00PM.
Led by Boomer Hermes with a triple and two home runs, the 76ers thrashed the Edina Legion team at Braemar Fields 20-4. The highlight inning was the 6th inning when the 76ers rang up 13 runs.
That total was second only to 14 runs scored in the 1st inning of the Hopkins Tournament Championship game versus Hopkins earlier this month. This win notched win number 30 on the season. Overall record for Apple Valley now stands at 30-7.
The 76ers' district play begins Wednesday at Legion Field.  They will face the winner of the Holy Family - Faribault play-in game at 7:30PM.
76ers seeded number one for Districts:  see 2009 3rd District Tournament in Menu at left.
Friday night the 76ers traveled to New Ulm and were beaten by New Ulm Gold 7-2. Play was ragged with several errors by both teams.
Saturday the 76ers traveled to Mankato to play Mankato Post 11 at Franklin Rogers Field. Again errors were a problem for both teams with 9 total errors (4 for AV and 5 for Mankato) but the 76er bats came alive again and the 76ers defeated Mankato in 9 Innings 14 - 10.
Tonight the 76ers travel to Braemar Field in Edina to play Edina Legion at 7PM.
7/16/09:  The 76ers with Wednesday night's win over Lakeville South (16-5) have won their League D Title with a 12 - 2 record.
Wednesday the 76ers  completed 11 games over the last eight days with an 8 - 3 record. In that stretch the 76ers have beaten Lakeville North, Rosemount, Wayzata, Coon Rapids, Rochester A's and Dickinson, ND. Losses came at the hands of Plymouth, IN in pool play during the Gopher Classic and to Napoleon, Ohio in the quarter finals of the Gopher Classic. The 76ers won their pool with a 4 - 1 record. Napoleon was the eventual Gopher Classic tournament champ. The 3rd loss in this stretch was at the hands of Burnsville in a slugfest 14-13 at AliMagnet. Burnsville had awalk-off grandslam homerun to win.  
Play resumes Friday with a game in New Ulm versus New Ulm Gold and Saturday versus Mankato at Franklin Rogers Field in Mankato. Sunday the 76ers travel to Braemar in Edina to play Edina Legion to end the regular season schedule.
3rd District seeding takes place on Saturday July 18th and District play begins Wednesday July 22nd and Thursday July 23 at Legion Field. District play will then continue at AliMagnet in Burnsville Friday through Saturday.7/08/09: Tonight is a much appreciated "off" night for the 76ers.
Play will resume Wednesday night with a home game versus Lakeville North. The night will be festive as the parents have planned an  "alumni parents night" for all past parents and 76ers' friends. Come and join in!!!The party starts at 5:30PM. It will also be "$2.00 Root Beer Float Night." 
Game time is 7:00PM.
Thursday the 76ers travel to Rosemount and Friday the Gopher Classic Tournament begins at Legion Field.
The Gopher Classic continues through the weekend with games Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Legion Field. Teams visiting this year to the Apple Valley site include Coon Rapids, Dickinson, ND, Plymouth, IN, Rochester A's, and Wayzata. Check the menu at the left for Gopher Classic matchups and game times.
7/06/09:If you are a Legion Baseball fan you enjoyed the baseball played in New Ulm this past weekend by the 76ers, but may have left disappointed.  After a somewhat easy win over Sioux Falls, SD (6-3), the 76ers played three classic games.
All three games were donny-brooks with the bats leading the way.  And all three games had the lead change several times. Unfortunately the 76ers lost 2 of 3 games as the opponent bats were stronger than theirs.
Oakdale beat the 76ers 12-9, then the 76ers beat the New Ulm Gold team 6-5 in a rain delayed game,  and then lost to Depere, WI in their final pool play game 9-7. The 76ers record of 2 and 2 was good enough for a tie for 2nd in pool play, but giving up 29 runs eliminated the 76ers from the Championship round on Sunday. 
The 76ers resume league play tonight with a double header at Chaska 
(5PM and 7PM). 
Article from Sun Newspaper after Hopkins Tournament:

Bats sounding off for Apple Valley Legion team

One season is blending into the other, and the Apple Valley American Legion baseball team couldn't be happier about that development.

Although Apple Valley didn't reach the state high school tournament in the spring, it finished 14-12 after a 2-7 start.

That improved play has carried over to the Legion season, where the 76ers have started 14-1 and won two tournaments.

"The high school team started to pick it up in midseason," said Boomer Hermes, a pitcher and infielder for both squads. "But this [Legion] is a different team. We had three college guys come back, and that's been a big help."

Which is putting it mildly.

Brandon Peterson batted .393 this spring at St. Scholastica. Andy Schwantes hit .320 as a freshman at Minnesota-Duluth. Jordan Buck was a redshirt freshman at North Dakota. Combine them with some of Apple Valley High School's top hitters - such as Hermes, Aaron Gretz, Matt Gurtcheff and Scott Splett - and the 76ers have a lineup that can score a lot of runs in very little time.

Just ask Hopkins. Apple Valley scored 14 runs in the first inning of the championship game at the Hopkins Invitational on Sunday, June 28. The 76ers went on to win 17-7 and earned their second tournament championship in two weekends. They swept five games in a June 19-21 tournament in St. Cloud.

Apple Valley has scored 10 runs or more eight times, including four of its five games in the Hopkins tournament.

"We're averaging something like 12 runs a game, and I don't think it's because the other teams' pitching has been bad," Hermes said. "Everybody in our lineup can hit."

Legion team players who graduated from high school in June include Hermes, Gurtcheff, Bryce Hoffa, Nate Mowry, Casey Odell, Dylan Prichard and Ryan Zwolensky. The junior class includes Ryan Beringer, Matt Bodin, Ryan Geary and Scott Splett. Just completing their sophomore year are Gretz, Kris Goodman and Josh Johnson.

Bodin was the winning pitcher in Sunday's championship game at the Hopkins tournament. Prichard, Fangel, Hermes, Fangel and Zwolensky also can pitch.

"Our pitching's been good and our defense hasn't made a lot of errors," Splett said. "Everyone's just kept getting better."

The 76ers, tied for sixth in last week's state Legion poll, will go for a third consecutive tournament championship when they play in the New Ulm Invitational beginning Friday, July 3. Defending state American Legion champion Eastview and No. 2-ranked Burnsville also are in the field, but the 76ers won't see either team during pool play.

6/23/09:  The 76ers were on the road Tuesday night and continued their winning streak against a strong North St Paul team. They were led by their crafty lefty pitcher Ryan Geary. Geary shut out the 39ers:  Apple Valley 76ers 2, North St Paul 39ers 0.
6/23/09:  The 76ers beat Rosemount 3-2 last night behind the pitching of Boomer Hermes. Boomer threw a 2 hit, 8 strike out complete game preformance. The 76ers are now 7 - 0.
6/22/09:  Apple Valley 76ers win St Cloud Tournament Championship game by defeating Sauk Rapids 4 - 3. The 76ers defeated Rochester Eagles, Wilmar, Elk River and St Cloud Chutes to reach the Championship game.
League play resumes tonight with the 76ers hosting Rosemount at Legion Field.
A non-league away game versus North St Paul on Tuesday followed by Prior Lake, Lakeville North and Eagan round out a busy week before the Weekend Hopkins Tournament. Friday's game with Eagan will be played the first game in the Hopkins Tournament and count double as a League game and also that first tournament game. 
6/17/09: 76ers back in top 10 in State Poll. Game with Chaska rained out last night. Game will be made up by playing double header at Chaska on July 6th. Weather permitting, 76ers will play Lakeville South at Legion Field tonight.
6/13/09:  Congratulations to 2009 Apple Valley Seniors. After Friday's graduation ceremony the senior party was held. Apple Valley Seniors this year are Blake Fangel, Matt Gurcheff, Boomer Hermes, Bryce Hoffa, Nate Mowry, Casey Odell and Ryan Prichard. Ryan Zwolensky graduated from Eastview High School ceremonies also on Friday. 
Now the Legion baseball season officially will begin. First game is Tuesday with the 76ers hosting Chaska and Wednesday hosting Lakeville South, both league games.
The 76ers then leave to participate in the St Cloud Tournament in Waite Park. The Apple Valley 76ers have always done well in this tournament and expect to tip off a successful tournament season. The 76ers face Rochester Lourdes, Wilmar and Elk River in the bracket games. Play begins Friday morning versus Rochester at 10AM and continues through Sunday.
5/31/09:Check out the Pre-Season Poll in the menu at the left. Apple Valley makes it into the top ten.
5/3/09: Tryouts are complete and roster has been chosen. To view 2009 Roster click 2009 Roster menu at the left.
3/21/09:  Coaches meeting was held to determine 2009 League Rules. All playing rules were discussed and will remain the same except League D games will be changed from 9 Innings to 7 Innings.
2/19/09:  It's scholarship time!! Are you ready for college?
American Legion Scholarship forms can be picked up in the office or the Pull Tab booth.
2/07/09: 2009 Coaches meeting was held Saturday and teams prepared tenative 2009 schedules. Check menu at left to view.
Apple Valley 76er tryouts will be held May 3, 2009. More later. 
12/30/08: 2008 76er Baseball Banquet was held at the Apple Valley American Legion.  Al Newman, 76er current assistant coach and former Minnesota Twin was the keynote speaker. State Tournament Certificates and Season Stats were presented to all players.
Team Record was 32 Wins and 16 Losses. Matt Bodin led the team with a record of 6 Wins 2 Losses and 2 Saves. Blake Fangel's record was next best with 5 Wins 3 Losses and 1 Save. Joe Erb led the team with 59 Strike outs in 50 Innings pitched. David Sampson set an Apple Valley team record with 11 saves.
Team hitting leader was Brandon Peterson with a .435 batting average and team leading 40 RBI's. Cory Eul led the team with an OBA (on base average) of .625. Aaron Gretz tied Peterson with 40 RBI's. 
Graduated players Jordan Buck, Andy Schwantes, Brandon Peterson and Trenton Pray still have eligibility remaining while Cory Eul, Erik Fabry, Wes Lynch, Justin Radde and Joe Erb have all used up their eligibility. Have a great winter!   
8/08/08: State Tournament
The AV - EP game over the last three years has been played on the winners side of the State Tournament bracket. This year the two teams faced off after each team had been beaten and were moved into the losers bracket. Eden Prairie proved to be the better team as their defense made all the plays while the 76ers errors gave the EP team too many extra outs.  The 76ers made a strong effort at a comeback in the 6th Inning by scoring 6 runs to tie the score at 8 - 8. But in the 7th EP scored 9 runs on 5 hits and 5 errors. Final score was 18 - 8.  AV 76ers were eliminated and EP moved on. The 76ers finished with a 32 - 16 record on the year.
8/08/08: State Tournament
In the losers bracket the 76ers faced Wilmar and from the 1st Inning it appeared that the 76ers were the better team. 6 singles, a walk and a sac fly lead to a four run inning. In the 2nd on a rbi triple by Cory Eul scoring Matt Gurtcheff and then Eul scoring on a sac fly by Brandon Peterson, the lead became 6-0. In the 4th,   4 more runs were scored with singles by Peterson and Fabry, a walk by Jordan Buck, a bases clearing double by Boomer Hermes and a run scoring single by Aaron Gretz. Wilmar got on the board with runs in the 4th and 6th for a 10 - 2 76er lead. 76ers added  one run in the 7th putting the score 11 - 2 after 7. Wilmar came to life in the 8th and 9th Innins scoring 4 runs in the 8th and 5 runs in the 9th. 76er bats came alive in the 9th to score four and the final was 15 - 11 76ers. 
8/07/08:  State Tournament
The 76ers opened their State Tournament play with North St Paul. Some fans described this game similar to a boxing match with two heavy weight fighters trading punches. In the 4th Inning with North St Paul leading 1 - 0, the 76ers scored 7 runs on eight hits. Homeruns during the inning were hit by Cory Eul  (2 run) and Aaron Gretz (3 run). In the 5th and 6th Innings North St Paul came back with 9 runs to pull ahead 10-8.  But in the 7th Inning the 76ers tied the game at 10 - 10 with a 2 run homer by Erik Fabry.  North St Paul came right back with 2 runs to take a 12 - 10 lead.  In the 8th Inning the 76ers scored three runs, 2 from a Brandon Peterson Homerun with Matt Bodin aboard by a walk and Erik Fabry scored the winner on a Sac fly by Boomer Hermes. David Sampson relieved in the 9th by getting a groundout and two strikeouts to get the save and the 76er win. 13 - 12.
In the evening session the 76ers faced the St Cloud 76ers (SC Tech). St Cloud scored 7 runs in the 1st Inning and never bothered to look back as they destroyed our 76ers 18 - 6 and moved them into the losers bracket.   
7/30/08:  In game 5 of the opening round of the 3rd District Tournament, Apple Valley out hit the Woodbury Blue team 13 - 8 and went on to win 7 - 4. Woodbury, in the top of the first inning got on the board for a 1 - 0 lead but th  e 76ers came right back in the bottom of the first to tie the game. Trenton Pray hit a double over the center fielders' head and Cory Eul got the RBI with a single to left center to score Pray. In the 3rd inning Woodbury scored twice to take a 3 - 1 lead. The 76ers chipped away and scored single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. After 4 complete innings the score was tied at 3 - 3. Woodbury scored their last run in the 5th inning, but with two out in the bottom half of the 5th, Cory Eul doubled and scored on Brandon Peterson's double. Peterson then scored on Erik Fabry's single to make the score 5 - 4 in favor of the 76ers. Starting pitcher Joe Erb closed out the 5th and 6th innings without giving up any more runs. Blake Fangel came in to pitch the scoreless 7th, 8th & 9th and  got the save. Joe Erb got the win. In the bottom of the 8th, Boomer Hermes and Aaron Gretz got back to back singles and Matt Gurtcheff hit a double to score both runners to increase the lead.  Final:  76ers 7 Woodbury 4. The 76ers play Thursday night at 7:30PM at Dundas against West St Paul who beat New Prague 10 - 5 to advance.    
7/28/08:  Our 76ers narrowly defeated Farmington Saturday in a dogfight that was an elimination game for Farmington. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Farmington had the bases loaded and were on their way to tying the game. Cory Eul had pitched 8 - 2/3  strong Innings but handed the ball over to David Sampson for the last out. David struck out the last batter to save the win and eliminate Farmington. The win moves the 76ers into the 16 Team Double Elimination 3rd District Tournament. Their opponent will be #19 seeded Woodbury Blue who defeated #14 Plato to move into the District Tourny. The game will be played at Dundas at 5PM on Wednesday.  The 76ers enter the tournament as the # 3 seed. Complete bracket is available on the 2008 3rd District Tournypage by clicking on this page or on the menu to the left. 
7/26/08: 76ers will play Farmington today at Farmington 1PM. 76ers lead best of three Sub-District series 1 - 0 after 17-2 win Friday night. The 76ers were led by pitcher Joe Erb and the hitting of Brandon Peterson (2-4, HR, 2RBI) and Cory Eul (2-3, 4RBI). 
6/30/08: Tonight's game with Eagan was closely played by both teams and Eagan won in the bottom of the ninth with a bloop single to right field to score the winner. With this game June 2008 is complete and in the books. The 76ers have compiled a 12-4 Win - Loss record with a League "D" record of 5 -2. July begins with a non conference (but 3rd District game) at New Prague Tuesday and League "D" rival Rosemount at home on Wednesday before the Midwest Classic weekend tournament in New Ulm. Tournament play begins Friday morning versus Creighton Prep of Omaha at 10AM at Johnson Field.
6/27/08: By email we were notified that opponents have changed for our first two games in Maple Grove Tournament this weekend. Friday 5:45PM opponent at Osseo HS Field is Maple Lake and Saturday 3:00PM opponent at Champlin Park HS Field is Bloomington Blue. Centennial is still Saturday 5:45PM opponent and will be played at Osseo HS. 
6/19/08: The 76ers have a 4 game winning streak going to begin this year's season and will travel this weekend to take in the St Cloud Legion Tournment. During the four game streak the pitching staff has allowed only 21 runs, but the bats have been an equal story as the offense has scored 60 runs. In St Cloud the 76ers will open the tournament versus Monticello at 10AM on Friday, and at 5:30PM play the St Cloud Chutes. Play continues through Saturday and Sunday at Faber & Putz Fields in Waite Park.
6/15/08:The AV Legion players were introduced to new 76er assistant coach, the former major league player and coach, Al Newman of the Minnesota Twins. Coach Newman was a member of both the Twins' 1987 and 1991 World Champions.  Now living in the area "Newmie," as he prefers to be called, was looking to get into youth coaching and keep close to the game.  Coach Bruce Young explained, " Not only will our players benefit from "Newmies" experiences, but so will the coaches. You never stop learning this game.  And Al Newman has a wealth of baseball knowledge to pass on to all of us."
5/5/08: Tryouts for the 2008 version of our Apple Valley American Legion Team were held on Sunday.  43 players showed to fill 10 open positions. Returning players from last year's Great Lakes American Legion Regional Finalist are led by pitcher Joe Erb, and position players, Erik Fabry(CF), Cory Eul (SS,P) Brandon Peterson (OF) and Jordan Buck (C). Other returning players that will be heavily relied on are pitchers, Nick Elioff, Mark Radde and David Sampson. (The complete roster is listed on the menu to the right.)  Play begins June 9th. See 2008 Schedule. 
2/2/08: At the 3rd District Winter Coaches Meeting held at the Apple Valley American Legion Club, a couple of League Team members requested switching to different leagues for geographic and strength of opponent purposes.  West St Paul and  Northfield have changed. West St Paul moved to League F.  Northfield moved to League C. Prior Lake and Lakeville South have moved to League D. Savage has dropped from play this year and Montgomery-Lonsdale was added to League B.  

Thanks to and Dennis Weller who was at this game
Posted on Tue, Aug 21,2007

NorChester ends great run in Regional
By Dennis Weller

Special to The Mercury

MENOMINEE, Mich. — NorChester needed to win two games on the final day of the American Legion Great Lakes Regional Monday at Spies Field in order to advance to the World Series.

But the Bulldogs ran into a tough pitcher in the first one against Apple Valley, Minnesota, and were blanked on only one hit through the first eight innings.

Down by two runs and with the end of their season just three outs away, the Bulldogs finally made some noise in the ninth. Steve Lerch doubled in a run with one out, but that's all the Bulldogs could manage, and their outstanding season came to an end with a 2-1 setback.

The loss ended the best year ever for NorChester (36-15) as the Bulldogs finished third in the tournament and among the final 24 teams in the country.

“I’m so proud of the guys,” said manager Corbin Stoltzfus. “We once again raised the bar for NorChester baseball.”

The Bulldogs collected only four runners through the first eight frames against 76er right-hander Joe Erb (10-2) on two walks, a hit batter, and single by Harry Musser with two down in the fifth that bounced between the third baseman and the bag into left.

NorChester’s Matt Murray (10-2), who threw a 1-0 shutout on Friday night, pitched almost as well as he held Apple Valley (46-12) to just three hits and one earned run through seven. Then Mike Testa and Jeff Kelly combined to blank the Minnesota runner-up squad in the
bottom of the eighth, giving the Bulldogs one last shot with the top of the order coming around.

Rodney Francis dribbled an 0-2 pitch past the third baseman for a single leading off the ninth and stole second with one down. Then Lerch ripped a double into left-center to knock in a run. But Erb, who struck out 10, got a pop to short and a fly to right to end the game.

“We weren’t going to go down without a whimper,” said Stoltzfus. “We weren’t taking a shutout. It was a Pyrrhic victory. Their pitcher did a nice job. He must have been deceptive because we had some very bad at bats and some ugly swings.”

“If we would have gone down without a fight, it would have been a sad ending,” said Adam Hartzell, who was the winning pitcher when NorChester won to stay alive on Sunday. “It just shows the heart of this team.”

Erb had been knocked around in a first-round loss to Rockport, Indiana, but had a good slider going against the Bulldogs.

“He just kept mixing everything up really well,” said Francis, who stole two bases to bring his season total to 50. “We started a little too late.”

The Bulldogs had won two on the final day in the Pennsylvania Region Three Tournament to advance to the state tournament, and would have had to beat Rockport in the nightcap had they been able to get by the 76ers.

“We’ve done it before,” said Murray, who walked two and fanned eight. “We’ve won two games before, but it just seemed we didn’t come out to play today. He (Erb) threw pretty fast and he had a very deceptive slider. It came to the plate looking like a fastball.

“Overall, we did very well this season. It’s been a long season. Everybody’s just really tired.”

Francis, Hartzell, George Kochu, Justin Engelhardt, Ian Gervasi, and Lerch all played their last game for the
Bulldogs. … Apple Valley went on to play Rockport for a trip to the World Series and Erb was slated to start that game for the 76ers and use up his last three innings of eligibility. ... Lerch batted .524 for the tournament and drove in eight runs. ... Murray fashioned a 0.56 ERA in 16 innings with 15 strikeouts. ... Musser and Francis both batted .412 and Francis scored seven and swiped six bases.

State Tournament play began on Thursday with the 76ers playing Mankato. Mankato was outmanned and the 76ers easily won 25 - 9. TriCity Red was next and again the 76ers defeated their opponent with a 13 - 4 win. Thirteen runs seemed to be the norm as the 76ers then beat their next two opponents Centennial (13 - 2) and Eden Prairie (13 - 5). As the undefeated team the 76ers were humming along until Monday when they played Eden Prairie again and this time the bats went dormant and the pitching was not effective. Eden Prairie beat the 76ers 18 - 3 to win the Championship Game. The "IF" game was not played due to the rain storm delays earlier in the tournament and the need for the representative teams' information to be forwarded for regional play.  Apple Valley advances to the Great Lakes Regional in Menomoniee, MI with play to begin on Thursday. (August 16th)
The Third District was hosted by Apple Valley and co-hosted by Burnsville again this year. And it was those two teams that played for the Championship on Sunday. The 76ers had wins over Hastings (8-1), Lakeville North (5-4) and New Prague (6-1).  The 76ers led the entire Championship game but in the ninth inning Burnsville pulled out the win to represent the Third District as the Champion in the State Tournament.  Apple Valley advanced as the Runnerup and Lakeville North advanced as the Third Place team. The 76ers' record stands at 38 -10 going into the 2007 Minnesota State American Legion Tournament. State Tournament play begins on Thursday.
Another winning streak, this time of seven games came to an end, in the Plover, Wisconsin Classic with a loss to the Depere, Wi team in the semi-finals. Chad Eul and Scott Lyden were honored in Plover with All- Tournament trophies making the All-Tournament team. Both players hit .613 for the weekend to earn the honors.  The 76ers will play Northfield tonight and Mahtomedi Wednesday to wrap up the regular season. Both games are at Legion Field at 7PM. The 76ers were seeded in the number 2 spot behind Burnsville at the Coaches Seeding Meeting on Monday night. Sub-District play begins Friday night with the 76ers playing the winner of Waconia and Lonsdale. The 3rd District Double Elimination 16 Team Tournament play begins on August 1st and is hosted by Apple Valley and Co-Hosted by Burnsville and Eagan this year. Check out the 3rd District page for Sub-District pairings.


A six game winning streak came to an end last night with a 14 - 4 loss to Burnsville at AliMagnet Park. While the 76ers matched  Burnsville with 13 hits, walks and hit batsmen hurt the 76ers and the outcome.  The 76ers record is now 21 - 6 with a League record of 9 - 3. Tonight the opponent is Hutchinson and Thursday New Prague. This weekend the 76ers host the Apple Valley Site of the Gopher Classic at Legion Field.  Play begins Friday and continues through the weekend with the Championship game to be played at the Metrodome on Tuesday. The 76ers play at 5PM and 8PM on Friday and Saturday nights and at 8PM on Sunday night.  Check the website menu at the right for the Gopher Classic opponents.


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Apple Valley defeats Rochester for championship
By JIM BASTIAN Journal Sports Writer
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello

NEW ULM — Apple Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and four runs in the fourth as it cruised to its first Upper Midwest Classic Baseball title with an 8-2 win over Rochester on Sunday at Johnson Park.
Scott Lyden got the pitching win for Post 1776, which went 6-1 in the tournament
Blaine Arens took the loss for Rochester, which was denied its sixth Classic title.
Eric Fabry led the Apple Valley attack with three hits. He had a single, double and triple. Brandon Peterson drove in three runs.
Leon Clark had two of Rochester’s five hits.
Apple Valley, which advanced to the title game by a 16-6 win over Oakdale earlier in the day, plated two first-inning runs.
Andrew Stitt led off the first with a single and scored on Eric Fabry’s triple. Fabry scored on an error later in the inning.
Post 1776 pushed across four more runs in the fourth inning to salt the game away.
Stitt and Fabry singled before Steve McGuiggan laced the third base-hit of the inning. But Stitt was thrown out at home trying to score on McGuiggan’s base-hit to left field.
A walk to Jordan Buck and an RBI single from Coru Eul made it 3-0.
Brandon Peterson followed with a three-run triple to deep center field that put Apple Valley in the driver’s seat.
Rochester, which reached the title game with an 8-3 win over Eastview, touched Apple Valley starter Scott Lyden for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Bryan Dennison and Leon Clark singled and Mike DeBolt reached on a fielder’s choice.
With the bases loaded, Lyden walked Justin Streiff and Dan Hagesheimer to force in both Rochester runs.
Apple Valley countered with two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.
Stitt was hit by a pitch to reach base in all five of his at-bats. He scored on Fabry’s double before Fabry raced home on Buck’s single to close out the scoring.
Burnsville was awarded the Sportsmanship Trophy after the game.

Pool results
Eastview 3-1 (29 runs scored, eight runs allowed). Apple Valley 3-1 (34 runs scored, 16 runs allowed) New Ulm Gold 3-1 ( 24 runs scored, 14 runs allowed) Creighton Prep 2-2 25 runs scored, 23 runs allowed) Omaha 1-3 (20 runs scored, 28 runs allowed) Saulte Ste. Marie 004 ( seven runs scored, 50 runs allowed)

Oakdale 4-0 ( 20 runs scored, nine runs allowed) Rochester 3-1 ( 22 runs scored, eight runs allowed) Sioux Falls 2-2 (29 runs scored, 25 runs allowed) Burnsville 1-4 (11 runs scored, 11 runs allowed) New Ulm Blue 1-4 ( 19 runs scored 37 runs allowed) Sleepy Eye 1-4 ( 19 runs scored, 40 runs allowed).


Apple Valley advances with two wins


Apple Valley 13, Omaha 3
NEW ULM — Apple Valley 10-runned Omaha 13-3 in five innings at the Upper Midwest Classic at Mueller Park.
Nick Elioff earned the win for Apple Valley. Elioff pitched four innings, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks.
The losing pitcher for Omaha was Adam Wachtler. He pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Apple Valley was led by Erik Fabry, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. Brandon Peterson was 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs and Chad Eul was 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and two runs scored.
Jared Hogan went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases and scored a run for Omaha.

Apple Valley 13,
Sault Ste. Marie 3
Apple Valley defeated Sault Ste. Marie 13-3 in five innings at Mueller Park.
Kent Huls earned the win for Apple Valley. He pitched a complete game, allowing three runs, five hits and three strikeouts.
Rico Castro took the loss for Sault Ste. Marie as he allowed six runs on seven hits in two innings.
Apple Valley’s Fabry had a two-run home run to left field in third inning, a single and had three RBIs. Cory Evl went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and had three RBIs. Scott Lyden was 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs for Apple Valley.

Oakdale won Pool B by going 4-0 and will play Apple Valley, which went 3-1 in Pool A, at noon today.

Rochester went 3-1 and is the runner-up in Pool B. The A’s will play Eastview, which went 3-1 in Pool A, at 9 a.m. today. All games are at Johnson Park.

The winners of each game will square off in the Upper Midwest Classic championship at 2:30 p.m.

Legion Gold falls to Apple Valley

By JIM BASTIAN — Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM — In a game where each team’s defense allowed two unearned runs to the other, maybe it was appropriate that the eventual game-winning run was the only earned run of the game.
Andrew Stitt’s two-out single in the top of the sixth inning scored
Kyle Schlesser from second as Apple Valley topped New Ulm Gold 3-2 Friday night in the Upper Midwest Classic.
Gold had a chance in the to potentially tie or win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning but Chad Eul got Ben Wolf to fly out to center field with New Ulm runners on second and third to end the game.
Eul struck out one and walked three while hitting two New Ulm batters. Both New Ulm’s runs — scored in the second — were unearned..
Brady Mosenden took the loss for New Ulm Gold. The righthander scattered five hits but his defense committed three errors, two of which resulted in two runs.
No Apple Valley player had more than one hit in the game.
Ryan Domeier had three of Gold’s six hits including a double.
For New Ulm Gold coach Doug Radloff, it was a case of his team not playing its normal game with errors, missed signs and base running mistakes.
“It is hard to win when you have three errors, miss signs and have mistakes on the bases,” he said. “We did things tonight that we have not done all season. But tonight we had a game that caught up to us
. This was a team that we should have beaten but we let it get away from us.”
Gold scored first thanks to two Apple Valley errors in the second inning.
Domeier started the inning by beating out an infield single to deep shortstop and then stole second. Jonathon Curry was hit by a pitch with one out. Wade French slapped a groundball to third where Domeier scored on a throwing error. Curry scored on the second error of the game when Apple Valley leftfielder Erik Fabry dropped a Drew Wenninger fly ball for a 2-0 lead.
Apple Valley used the first of three errors by New Ulm to cut the lead to 2-1 in the third.
Scott Lyden was hit by a pitch before Fabry slapped a one-out single to left field.
After Mosenden retired Steve McGuiggan for the second out, Jordan Buck hit a groundball to Nate VanRoekel at third. He fielded it cleanly but his throw to second in an attempt to retire Fabry sailed into right field allowing Lyden to score.
Gold mounted a scoring threat in the fourth when Domeier led off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. Curry was again hit by a pitch to put runners on first and third with one out.
But Domeier was out at home when French missed a squeeze bunt
before French flew out to left field to end the inning.
“We have been doing those things well all year,” Radloff said. “But tonight we did not do the job.”
Apple Valley knotted the game in the fifth when McGuiggan singled and stole second. He went to third on a Buck flyout to right field for the second out and then scored when VanRoekel misplayed a Cory Eul groundball.
“Nate has been playing left field for us and it is a tough transition for him to go to third like that,” Radloff said. “He has only played third for us once or twice. Normally, he would make those plays.”
The loss means that New Ulm Gold will likely have to win both of its games today against Eastview and Creighton to have a chance to play on Sunday.

Section: Sports Posted: 7/7/2007

AV 76ers' fast start could have been even better, coach says
By mike Shaughnessy • Sun newspapers
(Created: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 9:54 PM CDT)
Standards are high in the Apple Valley American Legion baseball program, which helps explain why head coach Bruce Young has a "yes ... but" reaction to his team's 13-4 start.
Yes, it's a good record, Young said. But, he added, it's not as good as it could be.
"To me, we should be 17-0," he said. "From the players' standpoint, they'd say we've done fairly well. From the coaches' standpoint, we haven't played to our potential yet."
Several players have missed games because of injuries or other commitments, making continuity difficult to establish.
"By the end of the year, if all the parts come together, we'll be a force," Young said.
The voters on the weekly state American Legion baseball poll already consider the 76ers a force. Apple Valley was third in last week's rankings, trailing two teams (Eden Prairie and Burnsville) that all draw their athletes from the Lake Conference.

Last week, Apple Valley defeated Burnsville 9-8 in a Third District League game at Legion Field. Over the weekend, the team split two games with Eagan, winning the first 19-4 but losing the second 15-3. The rematch against Eagan was the first time in 14 years Apple Valley was on the losing end of a game cut short by the 10-run rule.
Apple Valley played Rosemount and West St. Paul in league games earlier this week. The 76ers begin a stretch of 14 games in 10 days when they open play in the New Ulm Invitational Friday, July 6.
The 76ers will need all the pitching depth they can find over the next 10 days, which takes them through pool play at the Gopher Classic tournament July 13-15. They have four starting pitchers and several other position players who can work some innings on the mound.

Right-handers Joe Erb, Nick Elioff, Kent Huls and David Sampson are pitchers, as are left-handers Justin Radde and Kyle Schlesser.
The team averages more than eight runs a game, which Young attributes to a balanced lineup that isn't overly dependent on any one player.
"What's gotten us this far is different guys delivering at different times," he said.
Brandon Peterson was 5-for-5 in Apple Valley's victory over Eagan last Saturday. Catcher Jordan Buck and
outfielder Cory Eul also have had some key hits.

The 76ers top player is probably outfielder Steve McGuiggan, who will play Division I baseball at Illinois-Chicago. He had a slow start offensively in the Legion season but is beginning to hit better, Young said.
Eul and Erik Fabry will be seniors at Eastview High School in the fall. Infielder Chad Eul is a 2006 Eastview graduate now at Gustavus Adolphus College. The other 76ers players are either 2007 graduates of Apple Valley High School or will be AVHS seniors in the fall.

A separate Legion team for Eastview players started this summer, so the 76ers in the future will have fewer players with Eastview ties.
Team News: 
7/1/2007: Two of the most one sided games were played over the weekend with Eagan. The 76ers won the first game played Saturday at Goat Hill 19-4, and lost the Sunday game 15-3 on Sunday played at Legion Field. This is the first time in 14 years that the 76ers lost a league game by the ten run rule. The 76ers record is now 13 - 4. 
Team News:
6/29/2007:  After a Runnerup finish to Sauk Rapids in the St Cloud Tournament last weekend, and a 4 - 1 record, the 76ers returned to League D play and had a successful week beating West St Paul and Burnsville giving the 76ers a 12 - 3 overall record (5-1 league record).   Two games this weekend with Eagan (1PM Saturday and 1PM Sunday) both at Goat Hill, and League Games on Monday and Tuesday at Rosemount and West St Paul cover a 4 game away from home stretch before the 4th of July break. Wednesday and Thursday are off days and then the 76ers travel to New Ulm for the New Ulm Midwest Classic Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  
Team News:
 6/21/2007:  After the first week of play the 76ers have a record of 6-2 with a League record of 3-1. Wins over Northfield, Lakeville North and  Rosemount round out the the beginning of the 2007 League  D Season. The lone league loss was to Chaska. Today, Thursday, is an off night and the team will travel tonight to St Cloud for a weekend tournament beginning Friday at 10AM at Faber Field versus Bemidji.  Next League game is West St Paul on Tuesday, June 26 at Legion Field. 
Apple Valley American Legion Commander died June 4
Posted: 6/15/07

by Jeff Achen
This Week Newspapers

He was an opinionated fellow that didn’t always make a good first impression — and that’s how his friends and family describe him.
But, Jim Gibson had a heart for the youth and anyone who took the opportunity to know him, knew his rough exterior was only a small part of the man.
Jim Gibson, Apple Valley American Legion Post 1776’s commander, died Monday, June 4. His family said he died as a result of lung cancer, but he also had a brain tumor. Jim knew well before his death that he didn’t have long to live.
In May 2007, his doctor discovered the cancer and several nodes throughout his body and informed him that he had anywhere from six months to two-and-a-half years to live.
True to his character, Jim wasn’t going to give up anytime soon, nor was he letting go of his responsibilities.
“He kept it very quiet,” Jim’s son Kevin Gibson said. “He wanted to continue to take on all his regular duties.”
Though his immediate family knew of the severity of his condition, his death shocked most of his co-workers and fellow American Legion members. As far as they were concerned, Jim was going to take on duties as Commander in July, as planned.
“He did not believe for one second that he would not be here to serve,” Jim’s son Bren Gibson said.
That was his way, family says.
“Whatever Jim was in, he just put 110 percent in,” Jim’s ex-wife Mattie
Gibson said.
Jim’s reputation for stubbornness manifest itself in many ways. He was a passionate community leader and held an unwavering commitment to youth programs. He was the director of American Legion baseball, running three divisions including the 16-year-old program, the Senior Babe Ruth program and the American Legion team.
He also worked with the Boy Scouts and the oratory competition sponsored by the Legion each year.
American Legion Baseball Coach Bruce Young said he realized just how much Jim did after he died. He said the phone is ringing off the hook with calls asking who will take care of all the little details Jim normally handled.
Despite his occasionally abrasive exterior, Jim made a lasting impression on many around him. His sister, Barb Gibson, said she named two of her children after him. Her son’s middle name is James and her daughter’s name is Jamie.
“He tried to come off as a rough, tough guy,” Barb said. “He’s tough on the outside and on the inside, soft marshmallow.”
Kevin and Bren said they’ve inherited their father’s dedication and drive. They said their father taught them persistence and a good work ethic.
They’ve also inherited the Gibson name, something very important to Jim. When he was born in 1944, his father was fighting overseas in WWII. Upon learning of Jim’s birth, his father wrote a letter home saying how proud he was to finally have a son to carry on the Gibson name. Jim kept that letter.
Bren, who plans to marry in July, had hoped his father would be there. Despite the reality of his cancer, Jim even told Bren that he was looking forward to meeting the grandson that would carry on the Gibson name someday.
He couldn’t look at life any other way. It was just the kind of guy Jim was.
Published in the Star Tribune on 6/7/2007.
Gibson, James Donald
Gibson, James Donald age 62, of Apple Valley, passed away June 4, 2007
. Preceded in death by daughter, Lisa Marie; and parents, Donald "Hoot" and Marie Gibson. Jim was currently the Commander of the Apple Valley Legion Club Post #1776 and worked for Dart Transportation. He is survived by his 2 sons, Kevin and Bren "B.J." (fiancee Karen Wild) Gibson; also by the mother of his sons, Mattie Gibson; siblings, Bonnie Lindsey, Joyce (Jimmie) Looney, Kathy (Lonnie) Landru, Lynda (Miles) Carroll and Barb (Chris Venn) Gibson; many nieces and nephews; and aunt, Marilyn Krick. Funeral service 12:00 Noon Monday 6/11 at the White Funeral Home Chapel, 14560 Pennock Ave. with visitation Sunday from 4-8 PM also at the funeral home, and one hour prior to service. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. White Funeral Home Apple Valley 952-432-2001
May 25, 2007:  Six players return with American Legion experience to the 2007 76ers' Roster, led by Centerfielder and three year starter and standout, Steve McGuiggan. Steve led the 76ers in most hitting categories in 2006 and hit for a strong .480 average last summer. Steve was instrumental in leading his high school team to the 2006 Minnesota State High School Championship and in 2007 has captained his Apple Valley High School Team to a first place finish in the Lake Conference High School League.  
Other returning players are pitchers Cory Eul, Erik Fabry, Nick Elioff and Kyle Schlesser. Erik Fabry will also see action in the outfield and Chad Eul, a Gustavus freshman returns and joins brother Cory in the infield when Cory is not pitching.  Andrew Stitt is a first year legion player and like McGuiggan and others has played on the last two Apple Valley High School teams and brings  experience to a completely new 76ers' infield in 2007.
Strong pitching performances by newcomers Kent Huls, Joe Erb, Scott Lyden, Richard Novak and Brandon Peterson  have led the Apple Valley High School Team this spring and bring high hopes for the coming American Legion Season. First game will be played versus St Paul Park on June 12.