They’re sparkling on the diamond in Edina

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Sports Editor

Any night of the week, Edina softball fans can drive to Van Valkenburg Park and find games on three well-groomed ball diamonds.

Those diamonds often sparkle with players hitting monster home runs, making diving plays in the field and running the bases with reckless abandon.

The action in the Edina slowpitch leagues intensifies at playoff time when the teams are playing for trophies and championship T-shirts.

Third baseman Tom Leach of the Toasted Cheesers dives to make a spectacular play on a hard-hit grounder during the Edina Thursday Night Rec Softball League playoffs at Van Valkenburg Park. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
Third baseman Tom Leach of the Toasted Cheesers dives to make a spectacular play on a hard-hit grounder during the Edina Thursday Night Rec Softball League playoffs at Van Valkenburg Park. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Mercy Rules, which came within a game of going undefeated this summer, won the Edina Monday Night Doubleheader League playoff championship with a 16-7 victory over Mortgage Capital.

In the Thursday Night Men’s League, the Brew-Tang Clams won the first title in franchise history by upsetting Bunny’s Bar & Grill 14-3 in the title game.

You’re never too young to be a softball fan. Witness Brooklyn Havlik, who shares a championship moment with her dad Sam after Mercy Rules won the Monday Doubleheader League playoff title. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
You’re never too young to be a softball fan. Witness Brooklyn Havlik, who shares a championship moment with her dad Sam after Mercy Rules won the Monday Doubleheader League playoff title. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Bunny’s didn’t go home empty-handed, however. In the Wednesday Night 35 & Over League, Bunny’s broke a 7-7 tie late in the championship game and beat the Love Handles 11-7. First baseman Jeb Lau and catcher Guy Roach of Bunny’s announced their retirements at the conclusion of the finals and received a round of applause from their teammates.

The Thursday Night Co-Rec League title went to the Balls & Dolls, who skipped past the defending champ, Team Wheaties, 12-11 in an eight-inning final. A brother-sister combination keyed the victory. Andrea Buerkle hit a triple with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning before scoring the winning run on a single by her brother, Matt Buerkle.

Forty-seven teams competed in the City of Edina Park and Rec softball leagues this summer.

Additionally, there is a Tuesday and Thursday Senior League that features morning games at the home of Edina softball, Van Valkenburg Park.

Contact John Sherman at [email protected]

Craig “Vegas” Oestreich of Mortgage Capital drives the ball into left field during his team’s 16-7 loss to Mercy Rules in the Monday Night title game.
Craig “Vegas” Oestreich of Mortgage Capital drives the ball into left field during his team’s 16-7 loss to Mercy Rules in the Monday Night title game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mercy Rules first baseman Chris Havlik makes a big stretch while holding his foot on the bag. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
Mercy Rules first baseman Chris Havlik makes a big stretch while holding his foot on the bag. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain and pitcher Brent Molitor of the InMotion Realty becomes animated as he lobbies an umpire for a more favorable interpretation of the strike zone. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
Captain and pitcher Brent Molitor of the InMotion Realty becomes animated as he lobbies an umpire for a more favorable interpretation of the strike zone. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)