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Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Phone: 507-427-2725
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The community of Odin

came together Saturday to

share memories and raise

money for the community.

A day of softball fun was

held in memory of Howard

Hockel, who was a former

Odin fastpitch player and

longtime Odin fan.

The day began with a fourteam

co-ed slowpitch softball

tournament, which featured

teams that all has a connection

to Hockel.

Fast Distributing, where

Hockel worked, wound up

winning the tournament by

defeating Eagle Ag, which

featured Hockel’s children and

grandchildren.

The other teams in the

field were a Butterfield-based

team, put together by Hockel’s

brother-in-law Rich Haglund,

and an Odin-based team featuring

a number of former

Odin fastpitch players and

Hockel’s friends.

“It was a gorgeous day for

softball,” Howard’s son Mark

Hockel, who put together the

Eagle Ag team, said. “We had a

terrific turnout for the event.”

The evening of the event

featured a home run derby

that starred several legends

of Odin men’s fastpitch teams.

The derby was run similarly

to the Major League Baseball

home run derby, where

team captains picked the two

teams. Captains for the event

were Jerry Heller and Brian

Langland.

In the end, Jason Heller

wound up winning a tiebreaking

slug-off against Langland

for the championship.

“For the home run derby,

pledges were collected for each

home run hit,” Hockel said.

“The home run derby alone

raised over $1,000.”

Hockel added that T-shirts

and hats were sold throughout

the day, and concessions were

also sold at the park throughout

the day.

“Those numbers aren’t

available yet, so we’re not sure

of the total amount of money

that was raised,” Hockel said.

“But by the time the home run

derby was being held, there

were a lot of people from Odin

and from around the area who

were there.”

Proceeds from the event will

go to the Odin Community

Club for various community

projects.

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