Annual Baseball Tournament in Chaska Moves Due to Threat of Flooding

Updated: 06/17/2014 6:39 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 3:57 PM
By: Todd Wilson

The Chaska Athletic Field has held the Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Tournament off and on since 1989. Weather has never canceled the tournament, but this year that may change. 

"If we do get more rain there's a pretty good chance the field would flood," said Tom Redman of the city of Chaska.

Over the last week the Chaska area has gotten about 4 to 5 inches of rain. The rainfall has the Minnesota River swollen. 

"We're looking at right now, we're sitting at about four to five feet below flood levels," said Craig Schmidt of the National Weather Service.  

That's not good considering how close the field is to the river. With more rain on the way Schmidt says there's a chance the river could get up to minor flood stage by the end of the week.

"The grounds been saturated and there's not been any place for the water to go so it's been running off and into the river system," he said.

The round robin ball tournament has a rich history of show casing talent. Two names you may remember are Glenn Perkins of Stillwater High School and Joe Mauer of Cretin-Derham Hall. Both major league players played in this tournament in 2001.

Redman says it sure would be a shame if mother nature handed the players, fans and tournament a curve ball. 

As of Tuesday, the decision has been made to move the games to Chanhassen High School. It is the first time in the tournament's history it has been moved because of the weather.

The rain also has affected the state baseball tournament being played at Target Field. This past weekend, Saturday games were moved to Monday. 

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