Isanti kept its hot 2011 amateur baseball season rolling by winning its own Isanti Classic tournament, dodging rain drops to get the action completed last weekend. The Redbirds are now 16-3 on the season.
In Sunday night’s championship, the Redbirds held off defending tourney champ Blaine 4-0. Wade Reichmann (4-0) kept the Fusion scoreless through eight innings, striking out 7 and allowing just 5 hits. Bud Heifort pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the season.
Heifort earned the Tourney MVP award with 3 hits in the championship to go with his relief performance. Brian Schultz, Packy Lind, Tyler Schaff and B.J. Samuelson all had 2 hits against the Fusion.
Isanti opened with a 4-0 win over the St. Paul Mudhens Friday night. Schaff (1-0) and Matt Duong shared pitching duties, combining for 8 Ks and just 4 hits allowed. Tony Samuelson led with 2 RBI.
Heifort went 4-for-4 at the plate, scoring 3 runs, in the 8-3 semifinal victory over Anoka which was interrupted by rains Saturday afternoon. Adam West (4-1) got the win with 0 runs through four innings. Dallas Nelson came through with three solid innings of relief for his second save, striking out 2 Bucs. Joe Ramberg added 2 hits in the victory.
“But the biggest effort came from the players and field manager Dave Englund in keeping the fields dry,” exclaimed Isanti skipper Steve Allen. “Englund and the players were at the fields late at night and early each morning pushing off water and dragging the fields. Without all this ‘extra effort’ the tournament would have been washed out.”
Anoka defeated the Minnesota Classics 9-1 in the 3rd-place game, and Mora topped the Elk River Pioneers 5-2 in the consolation finals.
• Isanti remained undefeated at 9-0 in the Eastern Minny League with an 8-7 win over visiting Hinckley June 15. Kyle Johnson and Schaff both had 2 RBI against the Knights. Schultz (2–0) picked up the win with 5 strikeouts over 1.6 innings of relief.
• The Redbirds host Mora in a 4 p.m./7 p.m. doubleheader this Sunday, June 26. Their next action will by June 28 at home against Sauk Rapids (7:30 p.m.).