Redbirds hammer Hinckley Knights

Jake Maros provided the early power with a grand slam against Hinckley July 6.
Jake Maros provided the early power with a grand slam against Hinckley July 6.

The Isanti Redbirds picked up two wins over the weekend, defeating the Hinckley Knights 14 – 0 and the River Falls Fighting Fish 4 – 3 in non-league action.

July 6 at Hinckley, Jake Maros smacked a grand slam in the second inning to lead the Redbird hitting with five RBI on the night. B.J. Samuelson drove in three runs, with Packy Lind, Kyle Johnson and Garrett Hedberg adding two RBI each. Mitch Dunbar had his best night at the plate on the season, going 4-for-4. Three Redbird pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout: Dallas Nelson, Adam West and Brent Burman.

In River Falls on Sunday afternoon, the ‘Birds went ahead in the second inning on a solo homer by Kyle Johnson. The Fighting Fish took the lead in the third inning and made it 3-1 with another run tacked on in the fourth. But Isanti manufactured three runs in the top of the sixth to retake the lead 4-3.

Dunbar led off with a single, stole second and eventually scored on singles by Lind and Wyatt Soderquist. Packy and Wyatt then scored on a double by Johnson who drove in three of the four runs for the ‘Birds. Cole Bakke picked up his fourth win of the year, pitching the first five innings. Brian Schultz got the save by pitching shutout ball the last four innings. Both Bakke and Schultz struck out four Fish.

Next up: at Forest Lake July 10 (7:30 p.m.); vs. Hamel at St. Michael July 12 (7:30 p.m.); vs. East Bethel at home July 14 (7 p.m.); vs. Blaine at home July 17 (7:30 p.m.).

Metro Minny Baseball:  Blaine 9-2 MML, 17-9 all; Forest Lake 7-2, 13-3; Isanti 8-3, 15-7; Coon Rapids 7-4, 14-9; Anoka 6-6, 10-8; Big Lake 4-5, 10-6; St. Francis 3-6, 7-9; Champlin 2-6, 12-10; East Bethel 2-7, 7-11; Hamel 1-6, 2-8.

Bandits fall to Blue Devils

 Rum River dropped an 8-1 game to host Mora in a July 7 Eastern Minny battle. Bandit manager Tom Koplitz noted his men took too many pitches at the plate and made five errors to aid the Blue Devils that afternoon.Andy Julkowski swatted two more hits, including a double, to lead the Bandit offense. Kevin Auth allowed two earned runs through 6.6 innings on six hits and six walks. Nate Knudsen finished up in relief.

Next up: vs. Ogilvie at home  July 10 (7:30 p.m.); at Princeton July 12 (7:30 p.m.); at Nowthen July 13 (2 p.m.); at Quamba July 15 (7:30 p.m.); at Hinckley July 17 (7:30 p.m.).

Eastern Minny Baseball:  West Division–  Princeton 8-4, 8-5 all; Sartell 8-4, 8-4; Rum River 4-6, 7-9; Nowthen 4-9, 4-12.  East Division–  Hinckley 12-1, 16-6; Mora 8-2, 14-4; Quamba 2-8, 3-12; Ogilvie 0-13, 0-13.