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Mudhens name Hall-of-Famers

Anita Freiermuth, Chairperson of the Hall of Fame Committee, recently announced the winners for the 2010 Miesville Baseball Hall of Fame. Mitch Hartung, Jerry Otto, and Tom Schaffer are this year's inductees.

Denny Hoffmann, spokesperson for the Miesville Dugout Club, gave this information about the inductees:

Hartung played from 1968 to 1974. Hartung played second base most of his career. He played in six state tournaments as a Mudhen and was chosen to the "All State Tournament Team" in Springfield in 1968 and in St. Cloud in 1970. A grand slam homer in 1968 against Northfield and a home run in 1970 against Red Wing by Hartung were instrumental in winning CVL playoff championships for the Mudhens.

After leaving the Mudhens in 1974, Hartung became a high school teacher in Colorado, retiring in 2004. During his teaching career he was also head varsity baseball coach for 31 years, a varsity football coach for 17 years and head varsity softball coach for 14 years. As coach, his teams won two state championships.

Otto was a Mudhen from 1975 to 1986. He mostly pitched, but also played the outfield, second base and shortstop. He once pitched 56 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. Other pitching accomplishments were striking out 21 batters in eight innings, a record of 21 wins and three losses in 1978, one no-hitter, more than 10 state tournament appearances and a member of the All State Tournament Team in 1978.

Since his playing career, Otto has coached little league, worked on Jack Ruhr Field, volunteered at state tournament games and helped with fund raisers for high school football.

Schaffer's career spanned from 1959 to 1963. He played his entire career as the Mudhen's first baseman. Schaffer's most memorable baseball events were winning the 1961 Region V championship and being a member of the team that was runner-up at the 1961 State Tournament in Springfield, Minn.

After his baseball career, Schaffer shared his baseball expertise with young people and his own children by helping with local 4-H softball teams. He was a member of the Hastings District 200 school board for 14 years and was the chairperson for 11 years. He was also a member of the Minnesota State School Boards Association, the Minnesota State High School League, the Association of Metro School Districts, the Farmer's Union Marketing Production Association as well as a member of the Regina Memorial Hospital Recruitment Committee.

The 2010 members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Miesville Night/Hall of Fame Induction Night, Friday, July 23, at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville prior to the Miesville Mudhens/Union Hill game at 8 p.m.