Redbirds sweep Blue Devils
Isanti put the hammer down on Mora in an Eastern Minny double-header sweep June 26. The Redbirds shut out the Blue Devils on Sunday, winning by 10-0 and 9-0 scores.
Wade Reichmann was superb on the mound again for Isanti, limiting the Blue Devils to 2 hits in the five-inning Game 1. Collecting strikeouts with either high heat or a sharp slider, Reichmann saw his season ERA drop to 1.14. He has allowed only 4 earned runs over nearly 32 innings this summer.
“The guys are sticking together, and we’re coming together as a team. We’re playing really good ‘D’– I don’t when the last time was we made an error,” said Reichmann (5-0), who also is mixing a splitter into his repertoire. “You get up on the mound and you got guys doing that, it’s a little bit easier letting them put the ball in play.”
In Game 1, Isanti jumped out to a lead in the first inning when Bud Heifort singled home Packy Lind and Eric Rysdam. Then with two outs, Joe Ramberg looped a single to right to plate Kyle Johnson and Heifort to make it 4-0. In the third, Ramberg reached on a two-out error, moved up on B.J Samuelson’s base hit and scored on Brian Schultz’s sharp single to right.
The Redbirds ended the game early with a five-run fifth to win by the 10-run rule. Matt Duong led off with a walk, then three straight singles were rapped by Tyler Schaff, Ramberg and pinch-hitting Wyatt Soderquist. Schultz lofted a 2-RBI double to the rightfield corner. Charlie Zak added an RBI single, then the game ended when pinch-hitter Garrett Hedberg hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Schultz.
“It starts with good at-bats. You saw some of the at-bats where they stretch out the pitcher and they finally get a pitch they can handle. And then the two-out hitting we’re getting– up and down the lineup,” effused Isanti manager Steve Allen. “Last year, we just weren’t getting on base enough. This year, the guys are just having much more selective at-bats.”
Regarding Reichmann’s pitching work this season, Allen added, “Wade gives us a professional approach every time on the mound. We have just great leaders playing on this team– whether it’s Wade, Bud Heifort, Adam West. You can see the veteran presence on our team. The name of the game is to execute, and we just got to continue to execute the rest of the way.”
In Game 2, Joe Ramberg held down Mora with 8 Ks over the first five innings to improve to 4-0, lowering his ERA to 1.45. Dallas Nelson and Heifort each chucked one scoreless inning in relief. The Redbirds scored 5 runs in the first and 4 in the fourth. B.J. Samuelson (3 RBI) and Rysdam (2 runs) both had 2 hits.
• The Redbirds sport a 5 1/2 game lead at 11-0 in the Eastern Minny League (18-3 overall). They’ll enjoy an extended break for the holiday, not playing again until traveling to Quamba for a July 10 double-header.
“I think it’s good. It gives the pitchers a little break and gives the guys a chance to spend some time with their families. That’s always huge in the summer,” said Reichmann.
Redbirds team with youth baseball
As the 2011 season approached, the Isanti Redbirds set some goals to not only make it back to the State tournament, but to become more active in the community to promote the great game of baseball. One way the Redbirds are able to do this is through our own youth.
The Redbirds welcomed any Cambridge-Isanti Competitive Baseball (CICB) team to the ballpark to get announced with the starting lineup, stand for the National Anthem, and throw out the first pitch of the game. Kicking off the Youth Nights at Redbird Field were the 12U Indians. At the May 13 game vs St. Croix, the 10U Brewers were in attendance.
The Quamba Cubs were in town May 20 for the Eastern Minny League Home Opener. For this matchup the Redbirds brought in the 10U A’s for reinforcement. After the Cubs, Redbirds, and A’s were announced, A’s player Micah Swedeen sung one of the best National Anthems the Redbirds have ever heard.
On June 15, the 12U Rockies helped the Redbirds defeat league rival Hinckley Knights. Also in June, the 8U Cubs and the 12U Marlins helped kick off the Isanti Redbird Classic; special thanks to Samantha Schermerhorn for singing the National Anthem. Overall, the Redbirds went undefeated this year when paired up with CICB!
The Isanti Redbirds would like to thank all the CICB players, parents, and coaches who signed up for the games. If any CICB teams would like to sign up for a Youth Night at one of the home games or participate in pitching clinics this summer, please visit the Isanti Redbirds website for contact information.
Also, all CICB players are welcome to the Eastern Minny All-Star Game on July 17 at 3 p.m. to shag balls during the Home Run Derby. Thanks to CICB for making this new baseball partnership a success.