In the Spring of 2018 the 13 - 15 year old Senior House Leagues were renamed to honor one of the founding members of OMGAAA, Donald Mehus, who passed away on February 15, 2018.
Don was born in Fargo/Moorhead in November of 1929 and was raised on the family farm in Leonard, ND. He went to school typically on his horse Ned. He played baseball, basketball and track (ran the 440-yard dash). He went to college at the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND where he studied electronics. He married Charlotte Christensen (Doran, MN) in 1951, and lived in Fargo/Moorhead for a short time. He moved to White Bear Lake in 1957, as he changed careers to life insurance (Mehus & Associates). In White Bear Lake he was deeply involved in youth sports (baseball and basketball), scouting (Pack Leader), church and taught Dale Carnegie courses. Don and Char had two boys, and two girls, and they too were involved in sports and community programs. His desire to move back to the country hit him in 1970, and he moved to 5 acres in Maple Grove (when Maple Grove was “country”), where he not only took up hobby farming, but jumped back in to the youth sports programs, OMGAA. He continued his civic, scouting, community and youth sports involvement well after his children had grown and left the programs. He was totally committed to the future of young people and he always knew and greeted his children’s friends.
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Registration for the 2018 OMGAA Baseball/Fastpitch Season is now open. Use the link below to register.
If you have any questions you may contact one of the league directors below.
OMGAA Baseball Families,
A hot topic in baseball this offseason has been bat standards for the organizations our teams participate in. For the past several years, the USSSA bat stamp has been the prevailing guideline for all 14 and under teams and the BBCOR stamp for 15 and above. Many national organizations, such as Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and Little League Baseball have chosen to adopt the new USA Bat Standard.
The two governing organizations that our teams participated in last year, MBL and MYAS, each decided independently whether to adopt the new USA Bat Standards or continue to follow the USSSA standards. MBL has adopted the new USA Bat Standards and MYAS has decided to follow the USSSA standards, which have been amended to also accept the USA Stamp.
What does that mean for our members? Here are some guidelines based on the league your child will participate in this upcoming season:
8 – 9 year old rookie teams – We typically have not had any bat requirements for these leagues and anticipate that remaining the same this year.
10 – 12 year old house teams – These teams typically have followed the USSSA standard. We anticipate following USSSA standards once again this year, which would allow players to use bats with either the USSSA 1.15 stamp or the USA stamp.
13 – 15 year old house teams – Last year these teams participated in MYAS’s North Star League which will continue to follow the USSSA standards. While it has not yet determined which leagues these teams will play in this year, we anticipate following the USSSA standards once again, which would allow players to use bats with either the USSSA 1.15 stamp or the USA stamp.
9 – 14 year old travel teams – These teams participate in both MBL and MYAS sanctioned league play and tournaments. For all league play, MBT and GSTC state tournament qualifiers, and MBT and GSTC state tournaments bats with the USA stamp is allowed. In MYAS league play, GSTC qualifier tournaments and GSTC bats with the USSSA stamp will also be allowed. Bats with the USSSA stamp will NOT be allowed in MBL league play, MBT qualifiers, or the MBT state tournament.
15U travel and 16 – 19 house and travel teams – These teams will continue to follow NFHS rules which allows wood bats or bats with the BBCOR stamp.
In addition to bat stamps each organization has age level restrictions on length and weight differentials. For specifics on differentials follow the links below:
You can find the approved bat list from USA Baseball at https://usabat.com/
OMG 13 AA Gold went 6-0-1 winning the last 6 in the tourney to bring home the 13 AA MBT State Title. In the championship game Down 3-0 in the top of the 5th, they battled back to tie it at 3, only to go down 5-3 in the bottom of the 6th. In the top of the 7th Gold tied it with two outs, on a bizarre play that resulted in stealing home for the tying run with 2 outs. In extra innings (8th) Storm Gold took the lead for the 1st time and shut down the gritty Farmington squad in the bottom of the 8th to hold on for the State title. Determination paid off for this special group of boys. Our theme for the season was " it's not how you start, it's how you finish"
Every single one of these boys contributed in bringing home the MBT State Title.
Some highlights include, a 5 run comeback to tie a solid East Ridge team in the first game of the tourney. In the quarter final game vs the #1 seeded Mankato team, OMG 13 AA Gold collected 22 hits, while cruising to a 5 inning 12-2 victory. Ethan Zimmerman pitched 15 innings in the tourney allowing only 1 hit and striking out 34 of the possible 45 outs. Aiden McMahon collected 13 hits over 7 games.
Congrats Boys !!
12U Pautzke won the Zimmerman Classic tournament this year. This group of 9 girls played 5 games in one day, going 5-0, to win the Championship. After sweeping through pool play we were behind 6-4 in the semi-finals going into our last at-bat, and proceeded to score 3 runs to come from behind and win the game. In the Championship game we never trailed and won it 7-5, clinching not only the tournament title, but also clinching our birth into Nationals!
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15U Travel, 16-19U Travel and 16-19 Rec league registration is still open. Please click Sr. HS league registration tab down below to register for one of these leagues. Travel registration will close 5/18. 16-19 Rec registration will close 6/1.
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