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Take me out to 'The Ath'

The Red Wing aces play host to the Dundas Dukes Friday June 20 at the Red Wing Athletic Field. (Republican Eagle photos by Amanda Greenwood)1 / 2
The full Aces dugout looks on as Dave Jenson waits for a pitch from Dundas’ pitcher.2 / 2

Red Wing is home to many outdoor activities thanks to its beautiful parks. Not to be forgotten is the Red Wing Athletic Field or “the Ath,” home to the Red Wing Aces.

Baseball is an all-American summertime pastime and, thanks to many Aces sponsors, free to you at the Ath.

For a list of area sponsors offering free admission tickets, visit the Aces Web site at

The Aces are a Minnesota Baseball Association team and part of the Classic Cannon Valley League. Their MBA section and class is 1B.

Remaining league games are scheduled for Wednesday July 16, Friday July 18 and Sunday July 20. Non-league home games are also free of charge.

The CCVL comprises the Cannon Falls Bears, Dundas Dukes, Hampton Cardinals, Hastings Hawks, Lake City Serpents, Miesville Mudhuns, Northfield Knights, Randolph Railcats and the Aces.

Currently, Dundas leads the league with a 9-1 record. The Aces are 3-5 in league play.

The local team began its season in May and plays regular season games through this month.

Mark your calendars Upcoming games include:

•Sunday July 13 (A) vs. Dundas

•Wednesday July 16 (H) vs. Hampton

•Friday July 18 (H) vs. Cannon Falls

•Sunday July 20 (H) vs. Randolph

•Tuesday July 22 (A) vs. Elko

•Friday July 25 (H) vs Bay City –Fan appreciation night

•Tuesday July 29 (H) vs. Prescott

•Thursday July 31 (H) vs. Rochester

Fun for fans Along with a great night of free baseball, the Aces games are a chance to win a number of prizes from Randy’s Restaurant, Red Wing Cinema 8, Merchant’s Bank and Perkins Restaurant.

See the 2014 program for more details.

The Ath also has a full service concession stand open to all hungry and thirsty fans.

Meet the team The Aces are led by manager Jimmy Bohmabch and assistant manager Steve Boldt.

Players include:

#1 Kyle Blahnik

#3 Jordan Warren

#5 Dixon Irwin

#6 Joel Newman

#7 Adam Thygesen

#11 Josh Thygesen

#12 Justin Cunningham

#14 Mitch Matter

#16 Alex Quiding

#21 Brady Schroeder

#23 Aaron Stoneburg

#25 Mike Hommes

#27 Tyler Goering

#33 Zach Garner

#39 Dave Jenson

#40 Mike Stegora

#42 Aaron Johnson

#44 Zach Laffey

#48 Ty Buck

According to the MBA site, A. Thygesen leads the team with a .353 batting average, followed by Jenson with .318 and Laffey at .310.

“Home of Red Wing baseball” According to the Aces’ website, the Ath is not only home to the Aces each summer but also the Red Wing VFW and American Legion baseball teams.

The site has hosted four Minnesota Baseball Association tournaments and also the Section 1AAA high school final four games.

Fans can enjoy the covered grandstand area for a shaded view of the game or watch from outdoor bleachers. Bringing lawn chairs is an option for those wanting to watch from the first-base-side hill.

The “bleacher bums” make their home at the centerfield bleachers.

“Well it’s ACEball time again. If you enjoy the sun, come and site with me out in centerfield. Hope to see more of you fans at away games again this year … go Aces!” “bleacher bum Donna” stated for the 2014 Aces program.

Field dimension are 320 and 330 feet down the right and left baselines and 375 feet to straight away center.

There are also youth fields and a playground area on The ATH campus.

A Red Wing tradition Red Wing’s first amateur baseball team was formed in 1870, according the Aces’ website. After a team drought due to a professional franchise fold in 1911, the Red Wing Schact’s Insurance team won the city’s first Minnesota state championship.

The team was officially named the Aces in 1946 after the Red Wing Amateur Baseball Association was formed.

It wasn’t until 1971 that the Aces were revived by individuals committed the organization. Since that time, the Aces have appeared in 24 state tournaments, won three championships (1974, 1990 and 1993) and finished second twice.

Retired numbers are 9 (Dewey Tauer), 2 (Mike Barry), and 15 (Jay Bohmbach).

Red Wing Minnesota Amateur baseball hall of famers include Tauer, Barry, Dave Odman, Russ Fetcher and Danny Plein.

Free to enjoy … Summer baseball

Who: Red Wing Aces

Where: Athletic Field at Hawthorne and Mason streets

When: See upcoming games listed in article

Splurge: Enjoy a treat at the full concession stand

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