Lake Superior outlasts St. Paul for Minnesota State Police & Fire slow-pitch championship

  • Blog Post by: Howie Hanson
  • August 1, 2011 - 12:24 PM

Shortstop Ken Zwak was 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Lake Superior Lawmen past two-time defending champion St. Paul 16-2 in the championship game of the 2011 Minnesota State Police & Fire slow-pitch tournament Sunday afternoon in Duluth.

St. Paul forced a deciding game in the 16-team double-elimination tourney with a 12-11 victory over Lake Superior in a championship round game earlier Sunday.

"We simply fell flat in the final game, as the sun and number of games finally got to us," St. Paul player-manager Darryl Boerger said of the final. "But give the Lawmen credit, they're a great team with a bunch of good players."

Lake Superior was also led by Kelly Hanna, Barry Midthun and Tim Battaglia.

The Lawmen finished 6-1, St. Paul 6-2.

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Grandma’s Saloon & Grill in Canal Park has been given a prestigious recognition by another national magazine.

In the July issue of ESPN magazine, the original Grandma’s in Canal Park is noted as one of the top sports restaurants in the country. In a list of 28 sports restaurants from around the nation, Grandma’s was recognized for its lively atmosphere and fun environment, especially while sitting “on the porch (enclosed sunroom) when Grandma’s plays host to the state’s largest Marathon.”

The honorable distinction comes on the heels of other national, popular magazines recognizing Grandma’s for other distinctions.

Life magazine recognized Grandma’s for “best walleye sandwich.” Outside Magazine for “top bar and restaurant for adventurous people.” Midwest Living claimed Grandma’s to be “best place to eat lunch in the Midwest.”

“Our goal is to keep all of our customers happy, every day, but it’s sure nice to be recognized by national writers and critics for our hard work,” said Grandma’s general manager Eric Robinson.

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The Buffalo Valley Music Festival, featuring Loverboy, will be held August 19-20 at the Buffalo House, located just south of Duluth.

“We are thrilled to bring the Northland one more concert series, in an outdoor environment where camping is also available,” said Buffalo House owner Scott Stoyanoff. “We have split the weekend-long musical festival into two days. Friday will feature country bands, and Saturday will feature rock bands. Loverboy, the headliner, will be joined by a number of national acts, along with local bands such as De’Toure and Crossfire.”

Photo -- Lake Superior Lawmen baserunner Ken Zwak avoided a tag attempt by Maple Grove first baseman Matt Brost, but was eventually tagged out during a rundown in a Minnesota State Police & Fire slow-pitch tournament pool play game Saturday at Wheeler Fields in Duluth. Pitcher Barry Midthun had a towering three-run home run to left field in the fifth inning to lead the Lawmen to a 9-0 victory. Howie Hanson / For



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