Remax rolls in Co-Rec playoffs

John Sherman
Sports Editor

Two more wins would produce softball title

After beating Unmapped 19-12 in the playoff quarterfinals Aug. 1, the Remax Results-Pelletier Group needs two more wins to complete a perfect season in the Edina Tuesday Co-Rec Slowpitch Softball League.

First baseman Kelly Donovan of Remax Results awaits a throw during the Edina Tuesday Co-Rec softball playoffs at Van Valkenburg Park. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
First baseman Kelly Donovan of Remax Results awaits a throw during the Edina Tuesday Co-Rec softball playoffs at Van Valkenburg Park. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

The semifinals and finals will be played Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Edina’s Van Valkenburg Park.

Player-coach Natalie Spicer discussed Remax’s chances following the victory over Unmapped.

“We switch the lineup a lot,” she said.

“Everyone can play everywhere,” added Chris Peterson, the team’s power hitter.

In Co-Rec softball there is one cardinal rule, which was quoted by Spicer: “All of the girls have to be able to catch and throw.”

She pointed to a couple examples of that on her squad, one being outfielder Izzy Lodge, who is faster than most of the male outfielders in the league. Another example is Kelly Donovan, who plays first base. The guys playing in the infield never have to slow it down when making a throw across the diamond.

In the old days of softball, several players on the Remax team could have been called “ringers,” meaning they’re superior in a co-rec league. Obviously, Lodge has great softball skills. In the victory over Unmapped, she hit two triples and an inside-the-park homer.

Mike Hoeschen connects on an RBI single for Remax Results during the Edina co-rec softball playoffs. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
Mike Hoeschen connects on an RBI single for Remax Results during the Edina co-rec softball playoffs. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Spicer and Donovan played NCAA Division II softball at Minnesota State, Mankato and another key player, Hanna Schmitt, was on the fastpitch team at Division III St. Mary’s University in Winona.

The other female player on the team, Katie Lallier, more than holds her own.

Player-coach Natalie Spicer digs for third on a base hit during Remax’s 19-12 victory over Unmapped Aug. 1. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)
Player-coach Natalie Spicer digs for third on a base hit during Remax’s 19-12 victory over Unmapped Aug. 1. (Sun Current staff photo by John Sherman)

Among the male players, Peterson is a standout. He hit two homers over the left-field fence in the win over Unmapped.

Sean Roesser, Eric Reed and Cam Lallier star in the field and at the plate. Pitcher Chris Hoeschen is accurate and consistent in the circle and a threat at the plate.

“We’re 12-0 this season,” said Spicer, a former Minnetonka High athlete. “Some of us have known each other since high school, and some of us went to college together.”

Several of the players on the team play in men’s and women’s leagues other nights of the week, but their Tuesday night co-rec success is of paramount importance to all.

Spicer said this is the team’s fourth year playing in Edina. The atmosphere, the facilities and the competition keep the Remax crew coming back for more.

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