Redbirds stay in 1st with three wins

The Isanti Redbirds remained in 1st place in the Metro Minny League by virtue of winning three important games this past week, including pounding 2nd-place Blaine 17-2.

On July 18, Isanti handled the visiting Fusion when Justin Krie pitched the first five innings and earned the win. Tyler Schaff and Packy Lind had 3 RBI, but the big hit came in the fourth inning when Wyatt Soderquist ripped a grand slam homer out of the park.

Friday evening, July 20, the Redbirds beat the Champlin Logators 11-6. Kyle Johnson drove in 4 runs with 2 doubles. Lind added  3 hits and scored 3 runs. Joe Ramberg (3 inn./4 K), Matt Duong (5-1, 4.6 inn./4 K) and Dallas Nelson (1.3 inn./2 K) pitched for the ‘Birds.

On Sunday evening, July 22, Isanti dealt the Forest Lake Brewers a 14-2 loss in the team’s eighth-straight victory. Adam West improved to 8-1 by tossing 6 innings, and Brent Burman cleaned up the final 2 innings as they held the good-hitting Brewers to 8 hits total. Burman was also hot at the plate, going 3-for-3 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. In the fifth, the Brewers intentionally walked Burman to load the bases for Soderquist who responded with an exciting bases-clearing triple. Jake Maros also hit his team-leading seventh home run in the eighth inning.

The middle of the lineup continues to drive in important runs for Isanti.  Johnson leads the team with 27 RBI, Maros has 26 RBI, and Schaff has 25 RBI.

Next up: At Coon Rapids July 25 (7:30 p.m.); At Hamel July 28 (1 p.m.); Home vs. St. Michael July 29 (5 p.m.)- end of regular season.

Metro Minny League: Isanti 14-2, 25-6; Blaine 13-3, 30-6; Coon Rapids 9-4, 27-7; Forest Lake 9-5, 13-9; St. Francis 6-7, 17-12; Champlin 6-8, 11-12; Anoka 6-8, 10-10; Big Lake 6-8, 10-18; East Bethel 3-12, 10-18; Hamel 1-10, 5-14.