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MVSA 2014 Tournament Achievements

MVSA 2014 Tournament Achievements

Fall League provides an opportunity for your players to learn about the game and gain experience-playing fastpitch.  Because of fall weather conditions, all games are rain or shine decision to play is made at the fields by the 2 coaches and umpires in agreement, (please don't email or call) 1/2 hour delay if lightning is present, all games will be scheduled for 1 hour and 5 minutes- allowing for the last inning to be completed, and one inning of international tiebreaker if the game is tied.  Free substitution and round robin batting is mandatory.  5 runs per inning rule during 3-week league play for 10U, 12U with 10U keeping the rule the entire season.  

Each team plays two games each Sunday against different opponents.  Game times are either 12:00 and 1:30 or 3:00 and 4:30.  There may be occurrences your team is split between times if a location has an off number of teams or fields to use. Registration fee is $70.

MVSA 2015 Tournament Achievements

Fall Ball Registration/Stampede Tryout Information

Stampede/Fall Ball update:

Fall Ball registration will remain open until August 12th (registration link below). Fall ball is also a great opportunity for those players that are new to the game or new to the Association,  so please invite your friends to give softball a try.

 For those of you that are interested in the Stampede program you can still go ahead and register for fall ball. Should you be selected for one of the Stampede teams you will receive credit towards this cost.

The plan is to move forward with the Mounds View Stampede program at the 14u and 16u level only. There has been some great interest in this program at those age levels. Since this program is new to many there will be a Q&A meeting regarding this on Wednesday, August 1st from 6:30-7:30 at Rice Creek Fields, to answer any remaining questions.  Tryouts will be the week of August 19th. With specific date and time to follow.

If you are interested in this great opportunity please email Nate Urfer at


COVID-19 Update to 2020 Summer Families


Unfortunately no news yet regarding our softball season.  We are continuing to plan for having a season and getting our updates from MN Softball.  We will update this site when we get any significant information.



Chippewa and Complete Game are both closed so no training activities or 10/12U evaluations in March. 

There has been no decision at this time regarding the softball season. We are taking direction from Tri County Fastpitch and will keep you apprised of decisions as we learn them.

We are currently delaying the release of the jersey order to the manufacturer for at least 1 week. We hope to get more clarity regarding the season and can then decide to move forward with the bulk order or cancel.

Former MVSA Players Recognized

Sara Medved Inducted Into Minnesota Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame  

Former MVSA player and former Gustavus softball player Sara Medved Smude was inducted into the Minnesota Softball Coaches Hall of Fame on Thursday, February 5, 2009 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Smude was a pitcher for the Gusties from 2002 until 2004. 

Sara grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota and was inducted for her success as a pitcher at Totino-Grace High School from 1997-2000. During her standout years at Totino-Grace, Smude was a four-time All-Conference, All-Region, and team MVP performer, as well as earning All-Metro and All-State honors in both her junior and senior seasons. She played on three conference championship teams and the 1999 squad finished third at the State Tournament where Smude was selected to the All-State Tournament Team.  As a pitcher, she holds several school records including a streak of 67 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. She compiled a high school record of 71 victories and 773 strikeouts. In addition, Sara recorded 29 complete game shutouts in her junior and senior seasons.

While at Gustavus, she was a three-year starter on the mound and in the field and helped the 2003 squad win the MIAC Championship with a record of  21-1.  
A leader on and off the field, Sara graduated with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, received her Masters of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota and is currently Operations Manager, Medicine Specialties at HealthPartners Medical Group. Last summer she married her high school sweat heart and they are living in New Hope, Minnesota.

Rose Tusa Sets New Records During State Tournament

MVSA player Rose Tusa's performance went into the Class AA State Tournament record books while pitching for St. Anthony Village High School. Rose set two records, tied a third, and will be added to the list of pitchers to throw a one-hitter.

Tusa's strikeouts in the championship game broke the record for most strikeouts in an extra-inning game. She also set a new team mark for fewest walks in a tournament with zero, and added her name to the list of pitchers to not walk a batter in three games in one tournament.

Rose was named to the Class AA All-Tournament team. She plays for the MVSA 18U Mustangs. Way to go!

Former MVSA  Player To Play for Mankato State

Congratulations, Katie Kruse!  Former MVSA player and pitcher for Mounds View High School, Katie tried out for Mankato State's softball team as a walk-on.  She was named to the team, and the coaches cited her work ethic and strong skills as the reasons for selecting her.  Katie spent her entire softball "career" with MVSA.  Katie, we are so proud of you!

MVSA Players Named to Pioneer Press All-State Softball Team

Five MVSA players have been named to the Pioneer Press All-State Softball Teams. They are:

First Team:

Andrea Nisler - Left Field

Sammie Howard - Second Base


Rose Tusa - Pitcher

Honorable Mention:

Jessie Anderson - Catcher

Erin Bennek - Infield

We are having a hard time keeping up with all the honors being given to our high school age players! WOW! Keep up the good work.


Three MVSA Players Named to Star Tribune's All-Metro Softball Team

Rose Tusa (pitcher), Sammie Howard (second base), and Erin Bennek (short stop) have been named to the Star Tribune's All-Metro Softball Team (first team). All three girls play on MVSA 18U teams. It's amazing to have three players from one association on this team! Congratulations to Rose, Sammie, and Erin.


Tusa Pitches Perfect Game

Junior pitcher Rose Tusa made history at St. Anthony Village High School when she threw the first perfect game ever by a St. Anthony player. Tusa struck out 17 batters and relied on the Huskies' defense for the other four outs (including her sister, Jyl, who fielded a sharply-hit ball at first base). Rose will be playing this season on MVSA's 18U Mustangs team. Congratulations, Rose - we are proud of you!


MIAC All-Tournament Team

Brenna Healy, first-year third baseman for the Hamline Pipers, was named to the MIAC All-Tournament Team on May 7. Healy went 2-for-4 at the plate with two walks in the Pipers' two tournament games. Her .667 on base percentage was second-best in the tournament. Brenna is a member of MVSA's 18U Diamond Devils team, and has played for MVSA since she was 8 years old.


Athena Awards

The prestigious Athena Awards are presented annually to one female athlete in her senior year at each public and private area high school. This year, two members of the MVSA's 18U Diamond Devils team received the award: Sammie Howard of Mounds View High School, and Erin Bennek of Totino-Grace. Sammie plays second base for the Mustangs, while Erin is short stop for the Eagles. Sammie will attend the University of Minnesota on a softball scholarship; Erin has yet to decide which college she will attend in the fall.