Mitchell’s Joe Schlimgen named new umpire-in-chief at annual SDABA meeting

SDABA holds annual meeting

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Mitchell’s Joe Schlimgen was appointed the South Dakota Amateur Baseball Association’s new umpire-in-chief at its annual meeting on Sunday. Richard Rockafellow has retired from that position after 28 years of service.

Philip’s Richard Rockafellow was re-elected vice-president, Clark’s Brock Greenfield was reappointed as Class B commissioner and Aberdeen’s Scott Healy was reappointed as a Class A commissioner.

Lake Norden’s Burt Tulson has retired as president of the South Dakota Baseball Coaches Association after 27 years of service. Chamberlain’s Brock Sundall will take his place as president.

In other news, Redfield and Plankinton will both field second teams this season. New teams also include: Brandon Valley, Sioux Falls Knights, Wessington Springs and Colton.

Additionally, a $500 memorial was given to the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame at Lake Norden in honor of Mel Antonen, who was a Hamlin graduate and long-time Major League Baseball sports reporter.


The Mitchell Baseball Association was also awarded $5,000 toward a roof addition at Cadwell Park. As previously reported, the 2021-23 Class B state amateur baseball tournaments will be in Mitchell.

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