by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
Elk baseball player A.J. Overton participated in what was billed as the World’s Longest Baseball Game the weekend of Aug. 1-3 in Cottage Grove.
The action lasted just over 63 hours (Friday 7:30 a.m. to Sunday 11 p.m.) with 34 players rotating in shifts of three to five hours.
Overton, one of the leaders of the Elk VFW team that places second in its 27-team district, is also a member of the Arden Hills-based PHD (pitching, hitting, and defense) Baseball Club. The PHD collaborated with ALS Association in this event to raise awareness and funds to help strike out this crippling, fatal disease.
“When they weren’t playing, they were either eating, resting or sleeping,” said Blair Overton, father of the Elk junior-to-be, adding that breaks were spent in the adjacent Cottage Grove Ice Arena, where they could cool off.
Almost every player took turns both pitching and catching and there was “real baseball pitching,” he said.
PHD will play in tournaments in Minneapolis, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida (two) and Arizona (two) from August through February.