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April 26, 2014

Mankato Softball Hall of Fame inducts 5

Ceremony tonight at Loose Moose

MANKATO — Four individuals — Doug Sorenson, Kim (Sheldon) Brunmeier, Rich Heilman and Kevin Moret — along with team sponsor Hosanna Lutheran Church will be inducted tonight into the Mankato Area Softball Association Hall of Fame during a banquet at the American Legion Post 11.

It is the 31st annual awards presentation and will be hosted by KTOE’s John Harrington. The event is open to the public with a social hour from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and the induction ceremony following.

Sorenson has been an active umpire for 25 years and has been Umpire in Chief for a total of 64 national, state and district tournaments. He’s been involved with three Minnesota State High School League State Tournaments as well as several college and NAFA World Series tournaments.

He also played for several Mankato softball teams during a 20-year career, most notably with Kost Service in the mid 70’s and early 80’s where he played in both district and state tournaments.

“I felt the need to join the long list of area people that were willing to give back and support the sport,” Sorenson said. “I chose umpiring and have never regretted it,”

Brunmeier was a three-sport standout at Mankato Loyola, excelling in volleyball, basketball and softball. Her softball career began with an opportunity given to her by local fastpitch icon Rich O’ Brien to try out for the Pepper Lites back in seventh-grade. That led her to playing in numerous tournaments around the country over the next five years.

“I was fortunate to have dedicated coaches who took pride in our teams,” she said. “My parents were always there for me and many wonderful friendships were formed during that time.

“Softball has helped make me the person I am today. I strongly believe being part of a team influences individual growth. I have learned respect, commitment, responsibility, dedication and how to be a team player.”

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