Isanti Redbirds move into fifth-place

The Isanti Redbirds have moved into fifth-place after dropping two of their last three games.

Isanti Redbirds pitcher Phil Bray winding up on June 21 in Isanti. Photos by Mike Bleninger

On June 21, the Redbirds hosted Coon Rapids. The game started off quiet, put picked up in the fifth inning. The Redbirds scored first, adding one run in the fifth, and one in the sixth. Coon Rapids answered quickly, scoring two of their own in the sixth to tie the game.

Pitcher Phil Bray was on his game, and those would be the only two runs he allowed during his nine-inning stretch. Bray allowed seven hits, while striking out nine.

The game remained tied heading into the final inning, when the Redbirds got the hit they needed. Dan Hamann entered the game for his one and only at bat. He certainly made the most of it, hitting a two-run walk-off homerun to win the game 4-2.

Isanti Redbirds Mitch Dunbar with a big cut on June 21.

The next challenge for the Redbirds came on June 23 when they traveled to Brooklyn Park. The Birds saw another complete game on the mound, this time coming from Brent Tholen. Tholen allowed three runs, while racking up an impressive 11 strikeouts.

The offense however, was not there as the team only posted one run. At the end of the day, they returned to Isanti with the 3-1 loss.

The boys had a chance at redemption, playing another game in Brooklyn Park on June 25, this time against Champlin. It was not the outcome they had hoped for. They were unable to make any noise, while Champlin put up three in the third and four runs in the eighth inning. Once again, the Redbirds returned home empty handed after a 7-0 loss.

Isanti Redbirds Mitch Benson on June 21, makes contact, and speeds to first.

The back-to-back losses snapped the three-game winning streak from June 16.

The Redbirds traveled to Shoreview on June 27, but due to deadline, those results will be published in a future edition of the Isanti County News.

Up next, the boys will host Duluth on June 28. The team will return to action after a week off on July 7, when they hit the road to take on Blaine.

Metro Minny Standings: Forest Lake, 5-0 (10-5); Blaine, 5-1 (20-3); Brooklyn Park, 4-2 (7-2); Champlin, 3-2 (10-7); Isanti, 4-4 (10-6); Coon Rapids, 3-3 (8-10); Anoka, 2-5 (6-7); Shoreview, 1-5 (2-6); Andover, 0-5 (0-5).