Region 1C Tourney: Bandits beat by Anoka, Redbirds go in as No. 1 seed

The Region 1C amateur baseball tourney got underway this past weekend with opening round best-of-three series filled with the lower eight seeds. Anoka, seeded 5th, ended No. 12 Rum River’s season with a sweep in two games.

July 29 at Anoka, the Bucs defeated the Bandits 10-0 in seven innings. Rum River starter Partick Larson was touched for 11 hits, 3 walks and 7 earned runs over six innings, striking out 4. Travis Earls and Peter Johnson collected hits for the Bandits.

On Sunday in Cambridge, the Bucs advanced with an 11-0 road victory. Rum River starter Cole Willcoxen surrendered 8 earned runs on 4 hits, 2  hit-batsmen and a walk in the first inning. Ross Daugherty came on to throw good relief for the Bandits, allowing just 1 earned run and posting 5 strikeouts over the next 6.3 innings. Earls, Sean Holey and Ben Poidinger delivered hits for the home team.

No. 7 Hinckley and No. 8 Princeton also advanced by winning their best-of-three series.

Entering the playoffs, Kyle Johnson leads the Redbird offense with 5 homers and 37 RBI while hitting .316 this summer.

Isanti, seeded No. 1 for regions, earned a first-round bye to this weekend’s 1C tourney hosted at Hinckley’s Brennan Field. The Redbirds open at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 in the quarterfinals, either against Princeton or Quamba (depending on the outcome of the Aug. 3 Quamba at Forest Lake series decider). Games continue Sunday (Redbirds play 7 p.m. with win in Game 1, 1:30 p.m. with loss), with loser bracket action back at Hinckley Aug. 10-11.

The Redbirds stayed sharp by adding non-league games to their schedule for the end of the regular season. On July 29, they defeated Class B team Blaine 2-1 as Joe Ramberg went the distance, allowing just 4 hits and 2 walks while recording 7 Ks. BJ. Samuelson, Eric Rysdam, Tyler Schaff and Wyatt Soderquist all had hits for Isanti against the Fusion.

On July 31, the ‘Birds held off Mora 3-2. Starter Charlie Zak gave up 2 runs over four innings, striking out 4. Matt Duong tossed four solid relief innings, allowing just 1 hit. Cole Bakke finished up for the save in the ninth, striking out 3 Blue Devils.

Eastern Minny League

FINAL– Isanti 15-1, 25-5; Mora 9-7, 12-12; Princeton 7-9, 13-14; Hinckley 7-9, 15-12; Quamba 2-14, 10-23.

Metro Minny League

FINAL– Blue Div: Big Lake 15-3, 19-9; St. Francis 11-7, 19-8; Anoka 11-7, 21-12; Forest Lake 10-8, 15-10; Champlin 5-13, 10-19; Ham Lake 2-16, 2-19; Rum River 0-18, 1-23.

 Red Div: Blaine 14-4, 34-10; Coon Rapids 14-4, 29-10; East Bethel 8-10, 17-21.