Thursday October 27th, 2016

Bob Hortenbach


Bob Hortenbach

USSSA Playing History Player Page

Why do you like the game of softball?
I came from baseball and liked the competition

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen (by decade if possible)?
John Mello SS
Teddy Larson P
Brett Helmer C
Britt Hightower OF
Bryson Baker MI
Brian Wegman OF

Where do you call home?
LeSueur, MN

What do you do for a living?
Auto Dealer

What is your softball background as a player?
Played from 1978 until 2008.  Pitched until the balls started coming to fast back at me!!!

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Needed to move up as we won titles

What does your roster and schedule look like? 
 2013 Roster:
 Michael Nelson
 Brandon Krause
 Allan Ouellette
 Brandon Newman
 Nicholas Peterson
 Scott Eischens
 Dwayne Walters
 Joseph Ehnstrom
 Timothy Nielson
 Patrick Ellwanger
 Ryan Allanson
 Glen Partington
 Darren Nelson
 Scott Meyer – Coach
 Bob Hortenbach – Manager

 2013 Schedule:
 4/13 Burnsville NIT
 4/18 Hall of Fame Classic
 5/11 Kansas City
 6/1  Shakopee Lions
 6/22 Dudley
 7/20 Firemans
 7/27 Crystal Frolics
 8/10 Last Chance
 8/31 ASA B Nationals
 9/21 USSSA C Worlds

What is your teams goal for 2012?
To win the USSSA 'C' World Tournament

Where do you look for talent?
Close to home.  A lot of good talent here in Minnesota

How do you evaluate players?
How they handle themselves on and off the field.  As I have gotten older, size does not matter in the new players.

What is your favorite sports team?
Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Orioles

What is your most memorable softball moment?
Winning the USSSA Mens Major World Series with Laservision last year as a sponsor.
Winning the 2007 Womens C World Tournament
Winning the 2009 Womens B World Tournament

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make to bring in more sponsors?
Welcome more of the little guy sponsors because you need a lot of pieces to make a good picture.

What is your favorite non-World tournament?
The Dudley in Minnesota

Is the game better or worse with home run limits and why?
Better, makes a less powerful team someone to watch out for.

Who was the best team in softball history?
Lighthouse, Sunbelt, Howards, and some of todays teams.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
A bat that broke in two on a back swing.
A pitcher catching the ball between his legs. 

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