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Sept 2019 Banquet

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2019 HOF Inductee's


Jim Wells, Dent

Dave Hinkemeyer, Cold Spring

Dave Wagner, Belle Plaine

Craig Pexa, Cologne

Ronald Lehrke, New Germany

2019 Group  


Dave hinkemeyer-Cold Spring


Dave Hinkemeyer-Cold Spring


Dave has been involved in amateur baseball in Cold Spring since the 1970's.  As a child, he had numerous jobs at the park while his parents worked the concession stand for all home games.  He was a bat boy for the Springers in 1975.  In 1982 he started playing, and  pitched for the Springers for 25 years and compiled 166 wins as a pitcher.  He has managed or co-managed the Springers from 1994 to the present and the team has 890 wins during that time.  As a player and/or manager, Dave has been on 36 state tournament teams and won 6 state championships.  He has been a section commissioner and a Sauk Valley & Lakewood League officer. Dave has coached baseball at all levels in Cold Spring including Little League, Babe Ruth, VFW, Legion, and amateur baseball.  He has coached baseball at Rocori HIgh School, and coached basketball at Rocori from 1985 to the present.  He was a co-chair of the 2015 state amateur baseball tournament and has been instrumental in continuing the legacy of the baseball park in Cold Spring by being part of the new updates to the park.



Ron Lehrke-New Germany

Ronald Lehrke-New Germany




Ronald played and pitched amateur baseball for the New Germany Dutchmen from 1961-1982.  He was noted for his knuckle curve that helped to lead New Germany to four state tournament appearances. Ronald served on the planning committee in 1970 to rebuild the dugouts and the grandstand.  He helped to prepare the field for home games. He co-managed the Dutchmen in 1983.  To share his love of baseball, Ronald coached Little League and Babe Ruth.  He spent many hours helping coach the youth pitchers. He umpired Little League games and girls softball. This also gave him an opportunity to share his knowledge of baseball with the players.  Ronald is an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church where he has served as an usher and served on the Treasury committee




Craig Pexa-Cologne

Craig Pexa-Cologne



Craig has been involved with the Cologne Hollanders since the mid 1980’s.  He started as a player and then became a manager and board member.  In 2002 he stepped away from managing to coach Babe Ruth teams in Cologne and Legion teams in Norwood, yet he remained as a board member and took on the role of head cook for the “Shack” (concession stand).  In 2014 Craig returned to the bench as manager and continues to oversee the concession stand.  Craig has been involved in many ballpark upgrades such as a major grandstand project, new dugouts, and in 2014 new lights on Robert Fritz field.  Craig is currently on the Norwood Young America school board and has held that position for over ten years.  Craig is an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church.



Dave Wagner- Belle plaine

Dave Wagner- Belle Plaine


Dave Wagner - Belle Plaine

Dave was a four year starter as a catcher for the Belle Plaine High School team from 1966-1969.  After his service in the Army as a Military Policeman in Vietnam, Dave played for St. Cloud State University in 1973 and 1974.  His amateur career for Belle Plaine and Green Isle was from 1967-2018, a total of 51 years.  In 1993 he started playing over 35 baseball with the Belle Plaine Gray Tigers and the Union Hill Pit Bulls.  He also player with the Hanska Bull Heads over 50 baseball team.  He has coached youth baseball and serves on the Belle Plaine baseball board. 
Dave is a member of the Belle Plaine VFW and American Legion.  Dave has volunteered as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader.  He served for twenty years as a member of the Belle Plaine Volunteer Fire Departmen



James Wells-Dent

James Wells-Dent



JIM started playing baseball for Richville at the age of thirteen.  He continued as a player for teams from Ottertail, Vargas and Dent and was often a draftee as a pitcher for region playoffs because of his mastery of a curveball.  He held the position of player-manager for a number of the teams.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Northwest Senior League.  He played and coached for the Dent Hasbeens in that league.  He served as president of the Countryside League for many years.  He was a mentor to the  Richville and Dent Little League teams.  He also was an umpire for Little League, amateur and senior league games for over forty years.  He worked on the baseball fields as a grounds keeper, worked at the concessions stands, and helped with fundraising







2019 Group Picture


2019 Group Picture