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The Team Wants to Say Thank You!

What a ride it has been for the Plymouth New Hope Little League 12 Year Old All Stars - also known as Team Midwest during the Little League World Series!  The team would like to invite you to our formal "The Team Says Thank You" celebration and program on Monday, August 30th at 6:00pm.   The players, coaches and families realize how much support and encouragment the community has provided over the last six weeks and they would like to say THANKS!  It will be an opportunity for the players and coaches to personally thank the community and for some to congratulate the team on their success. 

Plymouth New Hope Little League has invited local, state and federal officials to be a part of the celebration.  We will start the program at 6:15pm.  The program will include player introductions, comments by the players and coaches and a few "congratulatory comments" from dignitaries.  The concession stand will be open to make it a baseball night out.  We will also be selling pins, shirts, and beautiful prints of Lamade Stadium in Williamsport autographed by the players.


We look forward to seeing you on Monday night, August 30 at the Zachary Playfields in Plymouth.


It Has Been Quite A Ride!

Well, game two didn't play out how the team and fans of the Plymouth New Hope 12 Year Old All Stars (aka, Team Minnesota, Midwest Regional Champions) would have liked, but what a ride it has been.  The team was knocked out of contention for the Little League World Series Title on Saturday night losing to the Northwest Team from Washington 5 to 2. 

More will be said, but the fans and players just want to say THANK YOU!  Thank you to all the family, friends and fans that have made this trip such an enjoyable one.  We aren't done yet....Team Midwest plays either Germany or Mexico on Monday 11:00CST.  Keep your chins up - the boys are doing great!

National Anthem of Game Two


After falling behind 8 to 0 in the second inning, a late sixth inning rally fell just short for the boys from Minnesota.  They trailed 3 to 0 after two homeruns in the first inning, and then fell behind by 8 in the top of the second, but never say never to this team.  In the bottom of the sixth inning, with the bases loaded because of a series of walks and hits, Colin Quinn stepped up to the plate and hit a cruiser out of the park in center-left field for his first-ever grand slam. The Minnesota players and fans went wild, and the team from Texas got quiet.  That brought the score to 10 to 8 with two outs.  Mitchell Verbeten drew a walk and then Johnnie Vecere stepped up to the plate.  With the tieing run now at the plate there was still life left in the game.  Unforturnately, this wasn't Minnesota's night and the game ended with one player left on base. 

 The post game talk was short and full of encouragement to the boys.  They showed true character and poise.  Lots of teams would have counted themselves out after the second inning, but not this group.  Saturdayis a new day and will bring on game two against the Northwest team from Washington.  Game time is 7:00CST on ESPN. 

Opening Ceremonies

Line Up Card in the Plaza

Dancing with Dugout

Post Game Chat

All Star Send Off!

Don't miss the opportunity to send off the Plymouth New Hope 12 Year Old All Stars as they get ready for Williamsport.  The send off is Monday, August 16 at 6:30pm at the Zachary Lane Playfields.

Come and wish your favorite player good luck. 
Get an autographed team photo. 
Get your picture taken with the team. 

Minnesota All Stars World Series Bound!

The Minnesota All Stars just became the Midwest Region All Stars on Saturday, August 14th by beating South Dakota in the championship game.  The Plymouth New Hope Little Leaguers will be home on Sunday and then off on Tuesday to Williamsport, PA for the Little League World Series.  After participating in the annual parade on Thursday night, the team will have its first game on Friday against the Southwest Region All Stars.

Stay tuned for more details on a welcome home/send off event for the team.

Minnesota All Stars Move Into the Finals!

In the blistering heat of an Indianapolis afternoon, the Minnesota boys kept their cool beating the Daniel Boone Little League team from MIssouri 15 to 2 to advance to the Midwest Region Finals.  The Midwest Region finals will be played Saturday, August 14th at 12:00pm Minneapolis time.  The game will be televised on ESPN. 

The heat didn't bother the players as they scored 10 runs in the sixth inning to squelch the dreams of the Missouri team.  Talor Blustin pitched an exemplary game on the mound keeping the Missouri team to just two runs in five innings.  Nick Tuel closed out the sixth inning to end the game.    Minnesota had  two homeruns, one each by Josh Thorp and Jack McDonough, but the singles and doubles are what really did the damage.  Minnesota boasts five players hitting over .500 - Thorp, Blustin, Quinn, Verbeten and Gauer - going into the final game Saturday.

The winner of the Midwest Region Final will move onto the LIttle League World Series in Williamsport, PA on August 20 - 29th. 

Minnesota Wins In Semi's Against Missouri

Minnesota All Stars Relax at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Minnesota All Stars Win Sport in the Semi-Finals by Beating Iowa 11 to 3

Minnesota beats Iowa 11 to 3 to win final pool play game.  The Minnesota All Stars went 4 and 0 in pool play to earn a spot in the semi-finals of the MIdwest Region Little League Playoffs.  They will play Missouri at 4:00pm (Indianapolis time), Thursday, August 12.   Minnesota beat teams from South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa to win a spot in the semi-finals.  Strong pitching and solid hitting have lifted the Minnesota All Stars to the only team with a 4 and 0 record. 

Talor Blustin started on the mound for the All Stars and kept Iowa scoreless in 35 pitches.  Jack McDonough was brought into pitch, and allowed three hits and three runs.  James Ripley was then brought into close and kept Iowa scoreless.  While the pitchers were doing their job on the mound, the batters rang up 11 hits with four homeruns coming from Gabe Gauer (2), Talor Blustin, and Johnnie Vecere. 

The players will have a day off tomorrow to rest and get ready for their first opponent, Missouri.  Missouri is the 4th seed in the tournament earning their spot by beating Kansas and Nebraska.  The game will be webstreamed on  

Minnesota All Stars Collect their Midwest Region Medals

Minnesota Continues Its Winning Streak

On a super hot August afternoon, the Minnesota All Stars extended their winning streak to 3 by beating Kansas 13 to 1 in four innings.  The team played a solid game at defense and was strong at the plate having a couple of homeruns in the 4th from Talor Blustin and Mitchell Verbeten.   Johnnie Vecere was tough on the mound allowing only 4 hits in the four innings he pitched. 

The Minnesota All Stars face a tough Iowa opponent on Tuesday to round out pool play.  Both teams head into the game with 3 and 0 records and a chance to win the #1 seed.  Minnesota's victory today guaranteed them a game in the semi-final round on Thursday. 

Celebrating Victory #3

Minnesota All Stars Beat Kansas in Four Innings

Minneosta All Stars Continue Their Quest

The Minnesota All Stars continue their quest to Williamsport by beating Nebraska 5 to 1.  The weather continues to be hot and humid, but it doesn't seem to bother the boys from Minnesota.  They will play their third pool play game on Monday, August 9th at 4:00.  Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90's at game time. 

Game by game information and statistics are posted on the Central Division Little League Website, see the PNHLL homepage for more details. 

Postgame briefing after the victory against Nebraska

Minnesota All Stars Win Against Nebraska

Minnesota All Stars Win First Midwest Region Game 12 to 1

Minnesota All Stars Win 12 to 1

Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Minnesota 12 Year Old Little League All Star team won their first Midwest Region playoff game beating South/North Dakota 12 to 1 in  five innings.  Minnesota lead the entire game, but really blew the game open in the top of the 5th inning where two homeruns helped drive in nine runs.  According to coach Matt Deterding, "the kids continue to battle their way through the games."  

Taylor Blustin started the game on the mound for the Minnesota All Stars and kept the Dakota team scoreless when he was replaced by Nick Tuel in the 4th inning.  Minnesota threw Tuel up to 20 pitches and then brought in right hander James Ripley. Ripley threw a handful of off speed pitches that caught the batters sitting back on their heals.  Jack McDonough was brought in to close the game.  

The Minnesota offense was lead by three homeruns by Josh Thorp, Nick Tuel and Colin Quinn.  The entire line up got in the action with everyone getting a hit or an RBI. 

members of the Minnesota All Star team are:

Talor Blustin
Gabe Gauer
Johnny Vecere
Mitchell Verbeten
Josh Thorp
Nick Tuel
Colin Quinn
Lucas Wencl
Jack McDonough
Mikey Segal
James Ripley 

Head Coach, John Vecere
Asst Coach, Matt Deterding
Asst Coach, Bill Froehlich
Practice Coach, Jeff Ripley
Practice Coach, Tony Verbeten 

Inning by Inning scoring
1st - 1 to 0
2nd - 3 to 0
3rd - 3 to 0
4th - 3 to 0
5th - 12 to 1

Next game:  Sunday, August 8th  5:00pm Indy time 4:00pm Mpls time 

Minnesota All Stars at Midwest Region Complex

12 Year Old All Stars Minnesota State Champions!

12 Year Old All Stars Minnesota State Champions!

12 Year Old All Stars Minnesota State Champions!

12 Year Old All Stars Capture Minnesota Championship




On a blazing hot Saturday afternoon, the 12 Year Old All Star team pulled off an amazing come-from-behind victory against Shoreview North to win the Little League Minnesota Championship. PNH lead early in the game, but fell behind 6 to 9 in the top of the sixth inning. To start off the bottom, Shoreview walked the first two batters, and then PNH hit into a fielder’s choice. The second PNH out came on a strike out. With two outs and two on it wasn’t looking good for PNH, but just as they have so many times through out the tournament, they maintained their cool. The next PNH batter stepped up and doubled bringing in two runs. The score was now 8 to 9.  Shoreview gambled, and intentionally walked the next PNH batter to put runners at first and second with two outs. PNH then ripped a single up the middle to load up the bases. With the pressure on, PNH held strong in the box and drew a walk bringing in the tieing run. With two outs, bases loaded, tie game in the bottom of the sixth, it was a little leaguer’s dream come true when PNH hit a line drive up the right field line bringing in the winning run.

Hats and helmets flew as the boys celebrated a hard fought come from behind victory. It was a great day for a group of 12 Year Old All Stars from Plymouth and New Hope who will now travel to Indianapolis to represent Minnesota in the Midwest Region Little League Championship. Minnesota will play its first of four pool play games on Saturday against a combined North and South Dakota team. The winner of the Midwest Region will then travel to Williamsport, PA to play in the Little League World Series August 20 - 29th.

PNHLL 12 Year Old All Stars Win District 1 Championship!

Recent 12's All Star News

Thursday night,  the bats came to life and overcame smooth Shoreview pitching.  Stellar defensive plays also helped carry the way to victory.

On Wednesday, PNHLL - after a slow start - won their first game against Lake Park of Duluth 15 to 10.   Shoreview beat Itasca (Grand Rapids)  14 to 0. 

PNH 12s Win 1st Game at State: ! 15 - 10 Over Lake Park of Duluth

District 1 Website (link here below) has State Bracket , District Play Results, and More !

Little Leagues In Minnesota District #1


Congratulations to the Plymouth-New Hope 12 Year Old All Star Team for taking first place among all these Little Leagues In Minnesota District #1

Blaine Area American and National
Brooklyn Center American
Brooklyn Center National
Coon Rapids Andover American
Coon Rapids Central
Coon Rapids National
East Tonka North and South
Golden Valley
HAC (Hamel Athletic Club)
Hopkins Area
Phillips Community Sluggers
Plymouth/New Hope
St. Louis Park
South Tonka
Upper Tonka

Congrats also to a very good Robbinsdale team for setting the bar very high.

Thank you Coaches ! Thank you Parents ! Thank you Fans ! It has been beautiful weather for baseball.

12 yr Final Pool Standings

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4
1. CR American   4-0 1. S Tonka        4-0 1. Robbinsdale  4-0 1. Plymouth/NH   3-0
2. Hopkins           3-1 2. Crystal          3-1 2. CR National    3-1 2. East Tonka N   2-1
BC American       2-2 East Tonka S   2-2 Chanhassen       2-2 CR Central            1-2
St. Louis Park      1-3 Blaine              1-3 U Tonka               1-3 BC National         0-3
Hamel                  0-4 GV                     0-4 Phillips                0-4

1 vs 2 Outcomes in Pool Play

CR Amer  11 Hopkins 1
S Tonka 10 Crystal  3
Robbinsdale 4 CR Nat 1
Plym/NH 13 E Tonka N  6