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Mudhens announce 2009 Hall of Fame inductees

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Mudhens announce 2009 Hall of Fame inductees
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

Anita Freiermuth, chairperson of the Hall of Fame Committee, this week announced the 2009 inductees into the Miesville Baseball Hall of Fame. Jack Akin, Jim Kruse, and Matt Werner are this year's inductees.

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Denny Hoffmann, spokesperson for the Miesville Dugout Club, reports on these men about to be inducted into the Hall of Fame:

Jack Akin played from 1980 to 1988. Akin played first base his entire career and led the team in home runs each year that he played. He hit more than 100 home runs, never had a batting average below 400 and had more than 350 RBI's during his nine-year career.

He helped lead the Hens to two state tournament appearances during his playing days and appeared in every All Star game held by the Cannon Valley League from 1980 to 1988.

After moving from Minnesota to Evergreen Colo., he volunteered as a hitting instructor at the local high school.

Jim Kruse has been an active and valued Mudhen board member for as many years as anyone can remember. He has been instrumental in at least 13 major projects at Jack Ruhr field. "If a project needed to be done, Jim would figure it out and make sure that it got done and done right," Hoffmann said.

Some of the many projects spearheaded over the years by Jim have been a field lighting system, Treasure Island scoreboard, concession stand, player's clubhouse and press box, just to name a few.

"If they gave an MVP award for behind-the-scenes work, Jim would get it," Hoffmann said.

Without people like Jim Kruse, the Mudhen organization would not be where it is today.

Matt Werner's Mudhen career was from 1989 to 2003. Werner played mostly as a catcher, but also played infield and outfield. He played on the 1989, 1992, and 1995 Mudhen State Championship teams. He also played on the 1991 and 1993 teams when the Mudhens were State runner-up and on the 1998 team that placed third in that year's state tournament.

He spent endless hours working at Jack Ruhr field with various construction projects such as building the concession stand and dugouts, lighting, tree removal, grandstand and scoreboard work.

Werner has coached youth baseball and for the past five years, has coached his son and daughter's youth hockey teams.

The 2009 members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Miesville Night/Hall of Fame Induction Night, Friday July 24, at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville prior to the Miesville Mudhens/Union Hill game at 8 p.m.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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