Despite battling stretches of rain over the weekend, the Isanti Redbirds pulled off another exciting Isanti Classic invite tournament. The Redbirds ended up going 2-1 and taking 2nd to Metro Minny power Coon Rapids in a 6-5 championship game Sunday evening.
Dallas Nelson threw 7.6 innings in the finals, working hard to get out of trouble spots. Coon Rapids opened an early 2-0 lead before Tyler Schaff singled and later scored on a Joe Ramberg double. Isanti went ahead in the sixth on a 2-run homer by Kyle Johnson and an RBI single by Brian Schultz. CR answered back by taking a one-run lead in the seventh. Schaff tied it in the top of the ninth with a home run, but Coon Rapids won it on a walk-off homer by Adam Wedwick, the tournament MVP, off reliever Schaff.
In Sunday’s 3rd-place game, Mora defeated St. Anthony 1-0. The Twin Ports North Stars won the consolation trophy.
Isanti opened its tourney Friday night, June 15, with an 8-4 win over Elk River. Matt Duong earned the win with 5 solid innings off the mound, employing a strong mix of pitches. New signee Troy Heifort came in for 2 innings of relief, giving up the last 2 runs to the Pioneers.
Wyatt Soderquist got the Redbird offense off to a great start with a leadoff homer in the first. Jake Maros added an RBI hit that inning, but Elk River tied it at 2-2 on a couple infield hits in the second. Isanti quickly retook the lead for good in the bottom of the second when Garrett Hedberg doubled to center and Soderquist singled him home before scoring on a wild pitch. Soderquist and Schaff both finished with 3 RBI in the win.
The rains began falling Saturday morning, but the Classic trudged on, including having Isanti hold off St. Anthony 8-2 in the afternoon semifinals. Adam West improved to 5-0 on the season by limiting the Hogs’ chances over 5 innings. Brent Burman, recently returning to the ‘Birds to help the injured pitching staff, tossed the last 2 innings. Schaff and Soderquist continued their torrid hitting with 3 hits each.
Next up: vs. River Falls, WI June 20 (7:30 pm); vs. St. Francis June 22 (7:30 pm); at Blaine June 24 (5 pm); vs. Coon Rapids June 27 (7:30 pm); vs. Lyon’s Pub June 29 (7:20 pm).
Metro Minny League
Isanti 6-0, 15-3; Blaine 6-2, 19-4; Coon Rapids 3-1, 13-3; Forest Lake 4-1, 5-4; Champlin 4-4, 5-6; St. Francis 2-2, 11-6; Big Lake 2-3, 4-9; Anoka 3-5, 5-6; East Bethel 2-8, 7-10; Hamel 1-7, 2-7.
Redbird Golf Scramble June 23
The 3rd annual Isanti Redbird Golf Tournament will be hosted Saturday, June 23 at the Purple Hawk CC (1 p.m. shotgun start, 18 holes). 1st place for team is $400, with trophies and prizes for 2nd-3rd place teams (based on 18 teams signed up). Fees: $200/team. To register, Contact Eric (763-238-7663 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or stop by The Corner Cup coffee shop in downtown Cambridge to complete a registration form.