It was a beautiful night for baseball when Caledonia American Legion Post 191 hosted a full schedule of activities Thursday night during their annual Chicken Q and dedication ceremony at Veterans Memorial Field.
The night started with Jessica Ingvalson performing the National Anthem and then the Caledonia 10 and under team, coached by Randy King, losing a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the La Crosse Boy’s and Girl’s club team. Brad Augedahl’s 12 and under team posted a big, 10-9 win over a very good Holmen team.
As the fans enjoyed barbecued chicken from Rooster Andy’s, a new event, the honoring of high school volunteers, came next with Paula Augedahl (volleyball), Brad King (boys basketball), Doc Schoeberl (girls basketball), Eddie Hodges (football/weightlifting), Ernie Hodges (track/weightlifting) and Bob Conway (baseball) were honored and surprised.
Caledonia baseball legend Bob Conway threw out the first pitch of the annual Legion alumni game. Conway, a 1976 Caledonia graduate, was a member of the Warrior baseball team that won the District 1 title in 1974. Conway was a four-year letter winner for the Warriors and also played Legion baseball, winning a regional championship in 1976.
After graduation Conway attended Luther College from 1977 to 1979 where he played football and baseball for the Norsemen and was named the freshman of the year in 1977.
After two years at Luther, Conway transferred to Minnesota State Mankato and played center field for the Mavericks from 1980 to 1982. During that time the Mavericks reached the college D2 World Series in Riverside, Calif. In 1979 and 1980 the Maverick baseball teams compiled season records of 38-15 and 40-10, respectively, and placed third in the nation in 1980.
In 2011 Conway and the rest of the Mankato team were inducted into the Mankato Hall of Fame. He has also coached Caledonia Legion teams and in 1985 brought back the Caledonia White Sox town team for a number of years.
The evening ended with a great baseball game between the current Post 191 team coached by Brian Langen and a team made up of Legion alumni managed by Conway. The old-timers proved that they still have a little left in the tank and rolled to a 9-3 win.
There are no legion games scheduled for this week, and the team is off until July 1 when they travel to Lewiston for a 6 p.m. game.
The team and coaches would like to offer a huge thank you to all the parents that helped make the night a success:
• Chicken Q – Rick and Janet Frank and all the servers. A total of 470 dinners were sold.
• Legion members – selling beverages and the Color Guard.
• Scott Dolle – hauling tables.
• Jack and Diane Hauser – concessions. The couple has volunteered to do the concessions for the remaining home games.
• John and Gloria Speltz – Donation of pop and bars and picture taking. John donated team pictures for all players.
• Brad Augedahl and Randy King for getting quality 12 and under teams to travel to Caledonia for two great games. They have some great young ball players.
• Steve Buttell – Taking care of presentations and handling the new sound system. All the songs and sound effects were great.
• Parents/players. Clean up after the game.
• Dan Halversen – Announcing two games.
• Jessica Ingvalson – daughter of Tom and Judy Ingvalson and granddaughter of Harlan and Joanne Ingvalson. National Anthem.
– Brady Ambrose