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Duluth adult slow-pitch softball teams began play Monday at Wheeler/Wade. Teams are competing in 17 leagues on Mondays through Thursdays, with Fridays reserved for make-ups and holidays.

Duluth adult slow-pitch softball teams began play Monday at Wheeler/Wade. Teams are competing in 17 leagues on Mondays through Thursdays, with Fridays reserved for make-ups and holidays.
Teams are competing on up to seven fields. A new fifth field at Wheeler, located behind Peterson Arena, should be ready for play sometime in June.
The good news about city slow-pitch, according to Duluth Parks and Recreation specialist Craig Smith, is that there seems to be renewed local interest in the game.
"While our numbers are exactly the same as a year ago, we did have six teams try to join our leagues after the schedules were sent out," Smith said.
Wade/Wheeler will host 13 weekend tournaments this summer, including a 24-team Minnesota State Police-Fire-Corrections slow-pitch softball tournament July 20-21.
"Duluth won the tourney in 2000 and St. Paul is defending champion," tournament manager Barry Midthun said.
Many of the slow-pitch tournaments are longstanding events and bring a substantial number of people to town, Smith said.
"The Tessier/Waltman, Beerhunters and Copasetic are our three largest tournaments," he said.
One of few rule changes in 2002 involves new home run restrictions in four leagues: limits of two homers per game in Men's D and Co-Rec D, zero in Men's E and four in Co-Rec C. The Tuesday Classic home run limit remains at four.
"The home run limits are meant to create more parity in the leagues and to encourage the better ballplayers to step up to the higher leagues, which will make for better recreational play at all levels," Smith said.
Below is a listing of the leagues and teams:
* Monday Co-Rec C -- Schultz's Bud Light, C.C. Tap Lite, CW Chips, Team Troolin, Pizza Luce, T-Bonz
* Monday Co-Rec D -- Rustic Miller High Life, Rustic-Miller, Players Sports Bar, The Odyssey Club, Mr. D's Beatdown, University Liquor, Bedrock Bar, Charlie's/Coor's Light
* Monday Men's D -- Twins Bar/Miller Lite, Schultz's/Mitch Golden Light, Charlie's Elite, Twins/Miller Genuine Draft, Charlie's Budmen, Mr. D's/Budweiser, ABC Seamless, Mr. D's/Duluth Plumbing, Taproom/Rolling Rock, Keyport/Bud Light
* Monday Men's E -- Rustic/Sammy's, Bedrockers, FPC Duluth, Tyomis, Runway Bar & Grill, A-1 Seamless Gutters, Norm's/Miller, Round-up, T-Bonz/MGD, Pharoah Mortgage
* Tuesday Classic -- Vanhouse Construction/Huesby Logging/PBS, Schultz's/Bud, Rustic/Bud Light Old Timers, Twin Ports Merchants, Budweiser/Players Sport Bar, Great Lakes Pipe
* Tuesday Men's E Upper -- T-Bonz, T-Bonz Blue, Mt. of Olives Baptist, Endzone Mich Light, Mr.D's-Maki, Rustic Bar/MGD, Amsoil/Terry's, Pizza Luce
* Tuesday E Lower/35 & Older -- Midway Bar, R.T. Quinlan's/Chalet Motel, Rustic/Miller Lite #1, Miller Lite/Mr. D's, Wild Birds Unlimited, O'Gilby's
* Wednesday Corporate C -- Charter Communications, Minnesota Power, Duluth Police, Fond-du-Luth, StoraEnso, Duluth Fire Department, Duluth News Tribune
* Wednesday Women's C Upper -- Duluth Diamonds, Budweiser Players Sports/Coldwell Banker, Players/Mich Golden Light, Mary's Place/Collector's Connection/Burger King/Mr. Nick's, Mr. D's Michelob, Chippewa Spring Water
* Wednesday Women's C Lower -- Amsoil, Mr. D's White, Vesel Construction, T-Bonz, Bud Lite/Mr. D's, Rustic Bar, Terry's Place/Kenwood Muffler/Coors Light, 3rd Rock Bar
* Wednesday Men's E Upper -- R & R Siding, North Pole Bar, Rustic/Bud Light, T-Bonz, Swingers, Players/Michelob Golden Light, Reef, T-Bonz/Miller Lite
* Wednesday Men's E Lower -- Johnson Controls, Runway Screaming Monkeys, Bedrock Bar, Charlie's/MGD Light/Brew Dawgs, St. Lawrence, Team Liberty
* Thursday Men's D -- Budweiser/Players Sports Bar, C.C. Tap/MGD, Rustic/Bud Light, Innovative Living, FPC Duluth, Mr. D's/Coors Light, Mary's Place, Charlie's, Amsoil, Wildcats
* Thursday Women's D -- Duluth News Tribune, Mr. D's Networkers, D.R.C.C.-"Breeze's", Mr. D's/Bud Light, MMT Heating & Cooling, North Pole, Bedrock, Amsoil/Rustic, Wells Fargo Women's, Worth/T-Bonz
* Thursday Men's E Upper -- Arrowhead Supply/Nick's Burger King, Buena Vista/Copasetic, Mr. D's/Miller Roofing, Schultz's, Mary's Place/MGD, Mr. D's Sexual Healers, Lakeview Covenant Church, Rustic
* Thursday Men's E Lower -- N.N.S., Rustic 5, Terry's Place Blue, Rustic/Miller Lite #2, Rustic Bar/Miller Lite, Scenic Title
* Thursday Co-Rec D -- Players, Schultz's/Budweiser, Incline Station, T-Bonz/Unicel Digital, The Steakout, Fuzzy's Nutz, Shockers, Tri-Couny Builders

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