by Dennis Dalman
Sounds of the all-American sport of baseball resounded last weekend at the brand-new four-field baseball complex in Sartell’s Pinecone Central Park.
From June 7-9, teams came from far and wide to participate in the Pinecone Park Inaugural Baseball Invitational tournament. The tourney served as a grand opening for the complex, which was so many years in the making.
And everyone expressed approval of the new facility. People praised its lump-free sodded surface, the bleachers, the central shelter, the four scoreboards, the convenience of parking and the green beauty of the vast park where it’s located.
Some people, noticing the complex is not fully completed, said they are eager to see it when it is all done this summer.
Fourteen teams played at the tourney from the cities of Anoka, North Branch, Moorhead, Alexandria, Becker, Mahtomedi, Monticello, Big Lake, Zimmerman, Andover, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park and Sartell.
For more about the new baseball complex, see the photo poll and the editorial in today’s newspaper.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.