AMATEUR BASEBALL: The annual Redbird Classic amateur baseball tournament will be hosted this weekend, June 17-19, with seven teams joining the Redbirds at their home field in Isanti. The Redbirds open the tourney 8:30 p.m. Friday night against the St. Paul Mud Hens.
More quarterfinal games are: 6 p.m. Friday– Anoka Blues vs. Elk River Pioneers; 9 a.m. Saturday– Blaine Fusion vs. Twin Cities Saints; and 11:30 a.m. Saturday– Mora Blue Devils vs. North Star Classics. The consolation championship will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by the 3rd-place game at 5 p.m. and the championship game at 7:30 p.m. New this year to the tournament is the Blaine Jaycees beer garden; fans are invited to come out and enjoy an ice-cold beer while watching the action-packed games.
• Isanti enters this week leading the Eastern Minny League with an 8-0 record (12-3 overall).
“This is one of the best starts in recent history,” noted Isanti skipper Steve Allen. “The team has been led by excellent pitching (staff ERA of 2.14) and quality hitting (team batting average of .335 and more importantly an on-base percentage of .445).”
Last Sunday, Isanti swept Mora 11-0 and 5-2 in an EML double-header. Wade Reichmann pitched a five-inning shutout in Game 1 with Kyle Johnson hitting a grand slam homer and Tyler Schaff scoring 3 runs. Joe Ramberg also went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI. In Game 2, Adam West picked up his third win of the season by striking out 8 Blues in 6.3 innings. Packy Lind scored 3 runs, and Charlie Zak had 2 hits including a double.
On June 10, the Redbirds racked up a 16-2 in over Hinckley. Ramberg struck out 11 and allowed just 5 hits over 7 innings. Eric Rysdam went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. Matt Duong (3 RBI) and Johnson also swatted 3 hits each.
The Redbirds began the week with an 11-1 victory over Princeton June 8 as Dallas Nelson struck out 4 Panthers over 6.6 innings. Wyatt Soderquist, Johnson and Rysdam all collected 2 hits in the victory, and B. J. Samuelson had 2 RBI.
The Redbirds next action after the Classic is at home against Metro Minny power Coon Rapids June 22 (7:30 p.m.). The team rescheduled its Redbird Golf Scramble to Saturday, June 25 at the Purple Hawk CC, with a 2 p.m. shotgun start. Contact Eric Rysdam for registration info (email@example.com, 763-238-7663).
Eastern Minny League
Isanti 8-0, 12-3; Mora 4-3, 4-4; Hinckley 4-5, 6-6; Princeton 3-5, 4-7; Quamba 0-6, 3-9.
Bandits off to slow start
The Rum River Bandits of Cambridge dropped to 0-7 in the Metro Minny League after host Anoka prevailed 12-7 June 13. Nate Holley went 3-for-4 for the Bandits, and Patrick Larson added 2 hits, including a double.
Rum River fell to Ham Lake 12-2 on June 11 after battling Blaine in an 8-2 loss June 9. Kevin Auth had 2 hits against the Fusion for the Bandits.
The Bandits next travel to Quamba for a non-league game June 18 (7:30 p.m.), then they head to Forest Lake for a June 20 MML game (7:30 p.m.). The squad’s annual Bandits Bash Tournament will follow June 24-26 at Larson Field in Cambridge.
Metro Minny League
Blue Div: St. Francis 2-0, 8-0; Big Lake 5-1, 6-4; Forest Lake 3-3, 5-3; Anoka 2-3, 6-6; Champlin 3-5, 5-6; Ham Lake 1-7, 1-8; Rum River 0-7, 0-10.
Red Div: Coon Rapids 3-0, 12-3; Blaine 7-2, 21-2; East Bethel 2-0, 8-8.