Redbirds close out first half with win

The Isanti Redbirds closed out the first half of their amateur baseball season with a 10-5 win at Forest Lake Sunday night, July 1. Kyle Johnson led the way by going 3-for-5 with one home run and two doubles.  Kyle also had another attempt for a home run denied when the Forest Lake outfielder made a great catch up against the outfield fence.

Wyatt Soderquist also went 3-for-5, and Matt Duong and Eric Rysdam each had two hits. Jake Maros added a massive home run in the second inning.

Joe Ramberg tossed the first five innings to get the win, allowing just three hits, and Justin Krie finished off the last four innings for the save.

The ‘Birds ended the first half of the season with an 18-6 overall mark which included going 8-2 in the Metro Minny.  On June 29, Isanti fell to Lyon’s Pub 4-3 with Troy Heifort and Matt Duong throwing three innings each. Back on June 27, Coon Rapids took advantage of sloppy defense to defeat the Redbirds 8-1 in a key MML game.

Next up: Home-and-away doubleheader with Big Lake July 8 (1 p.m. in Big Lake/7 p.m. in Isanti); July 11 home vs. St. Joseph (7:30 pm).

Metro Minny League: Blaine 9-2, 25-4; Isanti 8-2, 18-6; Forest Lake 4-1, 8-5; Champlin 6-4, 11-8; Coon Rapids 5-3, 18-5; Anoka 5-5, 8-6; Big Lake 3-3, 6-10; St. Francis 2-5, 13-10; East Bethel 2-10, 9-14; Hamel 1-9, 5-10.

Redbirds defending Outhouse Race title

This Saturday in downtown Isanti, the Isanti Redbirds come in as the three-time defending champs for the annual Rodeo Days Outhouse Races. Rumor has it the Redbirds upgraded to a new rolling biffy after winning eight total Outhouse Race titles with their old number (sounds like bad karma). Races start at 2 p.m. on Main Street.

The Scotsman/Isanti County News veteran team finished 2nd to the ‘Birds last year and will show up with their 18 year-old Outhouse (sounds like good karma…). Rumor also has it the Isanti Co. Sportsman’s Club– a dynasty in the early years of Outhouse Racing– may be returning to the fold with their old “bullrushes & buck antlers” house after a long retirement. Believe it when we see it….