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East Ridge 2011 graduate Brad Schmit was selected for the Minnesota Lions All-Star Baseball Tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at the Chanhassen High School.

East Ridge baseball: Schmit an All-Star

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East Ridge 2011 graduate Brad Schmit was selected for the Minnesota Lions All-Star Baseball Tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at the Chanhassen High School.

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Schmit was selected to the Metro East All-Star squad and will take part in a four-team, round-robin tournament over the weekend.

The Minnesota All-Star Baseball Tournament, now in its 37th year, draws on the most talented young baseball players in the state. Just graduated from East Ridge High School, Schmit was certainly deserving of selection. An infielder and captain for the Raptors, Schmit led the team in batting in 2011 with an average of .390.

The elite tournament, featuring 80 players statewide, offers players the chance to play before college and major league baseball scouts, and many past tournament participants have gone on to professional baseball careers. Most notable Lions alums are Terry Steinbach, Kent Hrbek, Tim Laudner, Jim Eisenreich, Kerry Ligtenberg and Joe Mauer.

Schmit is the first-ever East Ridge player to earn the honor.

The tournament is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank and the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association and benefits the Lions Children's Eye Clinic at the University of Minnesota. The clinic sees more than 5,000 children each year, many of them with such serious vision problems that no other clinic in the region can help. In the 36-year history of the tournament, more than $350,000 has been raised for the Children's Eye Clinic.

Normally played at Chaska Athletic Park in Chaska, the tournament site has been changed due to flooding at the Chaska field.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors and will be available at the gate. For more information contact 1-866-887-448 or visit www.MnLionsEyeBank.org.

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