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Blaine Area Traveling Baseball Association (BATBA)

Blaine Invitational Tournament Set for May 29-31, 2015!

The Blaine Area Traveling Baseball Association is looking forward to hosting some great teams from the 11U-14U AA/AAA divisions at the Blaine Invitational Tournament May 29-31, 2015.  Mark your calendars for a fun weekend of baseball in Blaine and Ham Lake!

Team registration begins on December 15, 2014 for all age levels.  The Registration Application is included below.  Additional information will soon be added to the "Tournaments" tab, located on the left side of the website.

Please contact Kathy Coello, Tournament Director, with any questions you may have.  Her email link is included below.

Kathy Coello

Tournament Director


The Blaine Area Traveling Baseball Association (BATBA) provides competitive, traveling baseball opportunities for area youth ages 9 to 16. BATBA supports players who live in the Blaine and Spring Lake Park High School Districts.

Our teams compete in the AAA, AA or A divisions of Gopher State Baseball run by Minnesota Youth Athletic Services. Our main goal is to foster the love of baseball in the children of our community while simultaneously developing an advanced skill set for our players.

BATBA Welcomes New Board Members

Please help us in welcoming our new Board Members (noted in blue) and thanking those who will continue their terms and/or who were voted to fill a second term. 

Following are the 2015 Board of Directors:

  • President – Rick Fanning
  • Vice President – Al Gottschalk
  • Secretary – Traci Payne
  • Treasurer – Matt Westlund
  • Blaine Traveling Director – Jim Conlee
  • Spring Lake Park Traveling Director – Justin Kehner
  • Communications Director – Sarah Anderson
  • Tournament Director – Kathy Coello
  • Fundraising Director – Erik Fenn
  • Uniform & Apparel Director – Scott Gagnon
  • Equipment Director – Jason Vogel
  • Volunteer Director – Jaymi Greseth

You may contact any of the Board Members with questions or ideas you may have.  Contact information is available on the Contact Us Tab on the left side of this page.

Board Meetings are open to all members of the Blaine Area Traveling Baseball Association.  Meetings are typically held the second Thursday of each month at 7pm at the Blaine Baseball Complex (Paul Parkway in Blaine). 

Please feel free to come and hear about the great things happening with baseball in our community.  Meetings are posted on the website News Calendar above.  Meeting Minutes are posted in the Minutes Tab on the left side of this page.



  • Jan
  • 18
SBAA Board of Director's Meeting

Former President Ernie Johnson (left) congratulates Rick Fanning on becoming the new BATBA President. Rick most recently served as Vice President. Congratulations, Rick!

2015 Teams Named

Fall Tryouts were held and teams have been named for the 2015 season.  Results can be found on the Tryouts link on the left side of the page.

Team pages will be updated over the next couple of months.

Thanks to all who participated in tryouts and congratulations to all players who were named to teams this fall!

2015 Head Coaches Named


10AAA Blaine - Jim Conlee,  10AA Blaine - Tim Sukalski, 10U SLP - Jerome Balsimo
11AAA Blaine - Matt Westlund,  11AA Blaine - Barry Perreault,  11U SLP - Scott Sonmore
12AAA Blaine - Jason Vogel, 12AA Blaine - Dean Zahratka,   12U SLP - Justin Kehner
13AAA Blaine - Mike Nelson,  13AA Blaine - Bill Folstrom,  13U SLP - Jim Schonrock,
14AAA Blaine - Eric Pardo,  14AA Blaine Blue - Brent Messerschmidt,   14AA Blaine White - Eric Potthoff   
14U SLP - Kary McMahon
15AAA Blaine - Al Gottschalk, 15AA Blaine - OPEN, 15AA SLP - OPEN