Redbirds rally on St. Francis

Isanti overcame an 8-1 deficit to visiting St. Francis to post a 10-9 Metro Minny victory June 19. Jake Maros ripped a three-run homer and finished the night with seven RBI to lead the comeback.

After the Redbirds were plagued with several well-hit “at’em” balls, DH Dan Hamann sparked the team by scoring on a head-first slide off a wild pitch. Isanti then nickel and dimed their way back, and Maros’ three-run blast had the team within 8-6.

Isanti won it with a run in the bottom of the ninth when Brian Schultz walked, B.J. Samuelson sacrificed him up, Packy Lind singled Schultz to third, and Maros drove a sac fly deep enough for the run.

“St. Francis came out smacking the ball, and they also ran the bases well,” said Redbirds manager Steve Allen. “But Cole Bakke did a great job for us with five-plus innings of relief pitching, allowing just four hits and a run to get the win.”

Schultz was 3-for-3 with three runs, and Samuelson finished 3-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored.


• The Redbirds climbed into third place in the Metro Minny standings after defeating host Big Lake 12-5 June 23. Adam West allowed four runs in the first two innings against the White Caps, but he worked to throw four scoreless innings after that. Matt Duong tossed the final three innings for the save, giving up just two hits while striking out three. Duong scored three runs, with two hits racked up by Lind, Wyatt Soderquist and Hamann.

Next up: home vs. Coon Rapids June 26 (7:30 p.m.); vs. Hamel June 28 (7:30 p.m.); at St. Francis June 30 (12 p.m.).

Metro Minny Baseball

Blaine 7-0 MML, 15-5 all; Anoka 6-3, 8-4; Isanti 5-2, 11-6; Coon Rapids 5-2, 10-7; Forest Lake 4-1, 9-1; Big Lake 3-5, 9-6; St. Francis 2-5, 6-8; Champlin 1-5, 8-8; Hamel 0-5, 1-1; East Bethel 0-5, 5-8.