The Cambridge Legion baseball team caught some breaks to keep its season alive by advancing out of the NorthEnd League tourney. The Post #290 squad now will compete in this week’s District 10 tournament hosted in Coon Rapids.
Cambridge opens districts with a 12:30 p.m. game Thursday, July 21 against Coon Rapids at Wintercrest West. They will play again either at 9:30 or 9 a.m. on Friday, depending upon if they win or lose. Games continue through the weekend, with the championship held Sunday afternoon. Mora also advanced out of the NorthEnd League.
Cambridge opened the league tourney with an 8-7 loss to St. Francis July 13. Ryan Miller went 6.6 innings, scattering 8 hits and striking out 4. He gave up only three earned runs. Reed Burns came on in relief in the seventh with guys on second and third with one out and struck out the next two batters, killing a Saints’ rally. He pitched 2.6 innings giving up 2 hits and racking up 3 Ks. He gave up 2 unearned runs in the eighth taking the tough-luck loss for Post #290. Matt Ziebarth homered and finished with 3 RBI. Adding 2 hits each were Garrett Hedberg and Trent Chromy.
Cambridge then received forfeits from both Hinckley and Chisago Lakes to take on Milaca July 15 where the boys won 5-4 in eight innings. In the last at-bat, Burns coaxed a walk, moved up on a wild pitch and reached third on a Chromy sac bunt. With an 0-1 count, Eric Koplitz squeezed home Burns with the winning run. Nick Jellison pitched 8 innings for the win, striking out 6 while allowing just 5 hits and 3 earned runs.
In the final tourney game, Cambridge and North Branch were tied 6-6 in the fifth inning when right-fielder Nick Johnson gunned out a North Branch runner trying to score. That runner shoulder-barreled into catcher Chromy and was ejected. North Branch did not have an extra player to replace him, so they had to forfeit, too. Miller threw the first 3 innings for Cambridge and left with a one-run lead. Burns threw the final 1.6 innings to gain the win. Luke McCracken had 2 hits for Cambridge, and Chromy delivered 2 RBI.
VFW team 2nd
at Plymouth tourney
The Isanti VFW baseball team went 2-1 to place 2nd at the Chris Benz Memorial Tournament in Princeton last weekend. The Post #2735 boys collected 27 hits over two games where they defeated Spring Lake Park 11-6 and Osseo 13-3. Mitch Renstrom picked up wins on the mound in both games. In the finals, Armstrong ripped three home runs to defeat Isanti.
Back on July 13, Isanti tipped St. Francis 1-0 as Jake Johnson tossed a no-hitter, striking out 16. Post #2735 scored its lone run in the sixth when Jake Sylvester walked, Kevin Johnson doubled him to third and Sylvester scored on a fielder’s choice.
VFW league action wraps up this week, and playoffs begin July 25.