ST. PATRICK, Minn. (FOX 9) - The FOX 9 Town Ball Tour continued this week in St. Patrick, Minnesota, a small community nestled in the heart of Scott County.
FOX 9 was live from Bonin Field, where the St. Patrick Irish took on the New Market Muskies. You can re-watch the livestream of the Irish-Muskies game at https://www.youtube.com/fox9.
If you’ve driven south of the Twin Cities, you may have passed through St. Patrick without even realizing it. The town is located about 15 miles south of Prior Lake off Highway 13.
FOX 9's Shayne Wells outlined the team's connection its neighboring church Wednesday morning.
In St. Patrick, Minnesota, there's a bar, a ballpark and a church and if it weren't for the church, there would be no ballpark. A priest back in the 1950s made it happen and now the ballpark, Bonin Field, is named after him.
The oldest member of the Irish joined the broadcast before first pitch to talk about town ball and what makes town ball so special in his community.
Some players on the Irish have overcome great odds to play the game they love.
Irish Catcher Matt Ambrose talked to FOX 9's Hobie Artigue about the growth of the program, including the incremental improvements to the playing field over the years.
The full 2021 FOX 9 Town Ball Tour is available here.
Help light up Bonin Field!
The St. Patrick Athletic Association has launched a capital campaign for a three-phase improvement plan at Bonin Field, headlined by the addition of LED ballpark field lights. The campaign has a $750,000 goal. You can donate and learn more at https://www.gofundme.com/f/st-patrick-bonin-field.