Isanti Redbirds get back in action

Mitch Dunbar showing a bunt against Champlin on July 9.
The Isanti Redbirds have returned to action, and split their first two games of July.

On July 7, the Birds traveled to Blaine to take on the first-place Fusion.

It was a low scoring game thanks in part to starting pitcher Brent Tholen. Tholen pitched six innings, facing 21 batters. Tholen only allowed one hit, and one run; however, he walked five batters.

The Birds could not get things going their way at the plate, hitting .118 as a team while failing to score a run.

The final score was 1-0 in favor of the Fusion. While the game did not go as they planned, they were able to force a close game against the top team in the Metro Minny League.

On July 9, the Redbirds got another chance against a top team when they hosted the fourth-place Champlin LoGators.

Pitcher James Green played a large role in the win on the mound and at the plate. Green pitched eight innings, while only allowing three hits with zero runs scored. He went 1-3 at the plate, while recording an RBI.

Up 2-0 heading into the ninth inning, the Birds sent in Jake Johnson to close the game. Johnson did not allow a single hit while picking up the save.

The Redbirds next game will be July 12 when they host Foley. The Birds will end the week with a road game on July 14 against third-place Coon Rapids, and then return home July 16 to host the Forest Lake Brewers.

Metro Minny Standings: Blaine, 9-1 (24-3); Brooklyn Park, 8-3 (12-3); Coon Rapids, 6-3 (12-11); Forest Lake, 6-3 (11-8); Champlin, 6-4 (13-11); Isanti, 6-5 (12-7); Anoka, 2-7 (8-11); Shoreview, 1-8 (2-9); Andover, 0-9 (0-9)