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Saints coming to Miesville for exhibition game

Townball has always been an important part of baseball in Minnesota. More than 300 teams exist in more than 30 leagues. For the second consecutive season, the St. Paul Saints will head south down US-52 for a townball experience of their own. The Saints will take on the best townball players in the area as they play the Cannon Valley League All-Stars at historic Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, the Saints will open their 2009 exhibition season as they get ready for the American Association season. Last year, the Saints took on the Miesville Mudhens, defeating them by a score of 12-0.

Much of Minnesota's baseball history has played out on "townball" fields around the State. Jack Ruhr Field and its home team, the five-time state champion Miesville Mudhens, represent the role amateur baseball has played in Minnesota. The ballpark is immortalized in three separate pieces by famed sports artist, Terrence Fogarty.

"The event was such a huge hit last year in Miesville that we wanted to do it again," said Saints executive vice president/general manager Derek Sharrer. "We love the barnstorming feel this game brings."

A home run derby between the two squads will take place at 1:30 p.m. and advanced tickets for the derby and game are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 6-18. Day of game prices are $6 and $4 respectively. Fans may purchase tickets by going to saintsbaseball.com and clicking on the "Miesville Game" link on the team's homepage or by calling the ticket office at 651-644-6659.

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