Isanti opened the Region 1C amateur baseball tournament with victories over Princeton and Big Lake to be sitting in great shape after the first weekend of action at Hinckley.
Saturday night, Aug. 6, the Redbirds held down Princeton 4-2 on nine strong innings from Wade Reichmann who struck out 14 Panthers. B.J. Samuelson delivered 2 RBI, and Wyatt Soderquist finished off a great at-bat with a run-scoring grounder for the Redbirds’ first run.
The Redbird bats really got rolling in Game 2 on Sunday night, pounding Anoka 14-0 in a game which didn’t start until 10 p.m. because of Saturday’s mid-day rain storm which messed with the tourney schedule. Samuelson stayed hot with a 4-for-6 night, scoring 3 runs. Packy Lind, Eric Rysdam and Brian Schultz each collected 3 hits in the rout of the Bucs.
That was more than enough offense for Joe Ramberg who struck out 9 while keeping the Bucs in check over seven innings. Ryan Bruns, Isanti’s draftee from Champlin, struck out 2 in a scoreless inning of relief.
Isanti next faces Big Lake in the final winners’ bracket game this coming Saturday night, Aug. 13, back at Hinckley. The White Caps defeated Forest Lake 6-5 in their Aug. 7 Region 1C matchup.