The Isanti County News » Sports http://isanticountynews.com The Isanti County News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and Braham, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:52:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Redbirds work for State berth http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/20/redbirds-work-for-state-berth/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/20/redbirds-work-for-state-berth/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:49:17 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114688 fr_Redbirds

Stringing together a do-or-die rally against St. Michael on Sunday, Isanti won the final elimination game 10-5 over the Saints in the Section 8 playoffs. Next up for the Redbirds is the Class B State tournament round-of-16 this Saturday– the team’s first State berth since winning the Class C championship in 2011.

St. Michael led 5-3 after seven innings, but Isanti put up three runs in the eighth inning and tacked on four runs in the ninth to end the Saints’ season. Brian Schultz had three hits in the game, with two hits each added by B.J. Samuelson, Wyatt Soderquist and Matt Duong. Jake Maros continued a hot weekend in Forest Lake with a two-RBI double.

Joe Ramberg battled through seven innings to get the win and struck out six; Wade Reichmann allowed just one hit in two relief innings, posting three Ks.

“St. Michael’s first five batters were awfully tough, so it was a battle,” said Redbird skipper Steve Allen.

Isanti opened 8B action at Schumacher Field Friday night with a 2-1 loss to host Forest Lake, a Metro Minny League partner. Alex Bauermeister threw eight strong innings for the ’Birds, allowing just four hits while striking out six. Schultz took the loss with a walk and two hits in the ninth. Maros blasted a solo homer for the team’s lone run.

The Redbirds stayed alive by hammering St. Francis 11-1 on Saturday with Adam West (five innings) and Jake Johnson (two innings, five Ks) on the mound. Brent Tholen supplied three hits, Maros ripped a three-run homer, and two hits each came from Packy Lind and Soderquist.

The Section 8 tourney finished Sunday night when Forest Lake won the seeding game 10-8 over Isanti. Kyle Johnson powered a monster two-run homer to center for one of his two hits; adding a pair of hits were Schultz, Samuelson and J. Johnson. Dallas Nelson (3.6 innings) and Tholen (4.3 innings) shared pitching duties.

Class B State outlook

The Redbirds (27-15) will open the Minnesota Class B State tourney Saturday night, Aug. 23 (7:30 p.m.) against Elko at Le Seuer’s stadium. The Express (36-9) won the Section 1 title over Dundas on Sunday. A victory would send Isanti to the Friday, Aug. 29 quarterfinals against either Metro Minny-partner Blaine or the Duluth Xpress.

In the other half of the brackets are defending “B” champion Cold Spring and ’13 runner-up Eagan who could face each other in the quarters. Forest Lake drew Shakopee for its first game, and MML team Coon Rapids also reached State– a good year for the league.

The State semis take place Aug. 31 at Belle Plaine, followed by the championship on Labor Day (Sept. 1).

• In the Class C State tourney, Eastern Minny League teams Mora (11-1 loss to New Market) and Hinckley (5-2 loss to Ada) both bowed out in last weekend’s opening round. The Sartell Muskies out of Region 1C open Aug. 23 against Belle Plaine.

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FALL 2014 FIRST H.S. GAMES & MEETS http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/20/fall-2014-first-h-s-games-meets/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/20/fall-2014-first-h-s-games-meets/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:47:23 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114686 BOMBERS

Volleyball

Friday, Aug. 22 • 9:00 a.m.

Albany InvitationalAWAY

Tuesday, Aug. 26 • 7:15 p.m.

RoyaltonAWAY

Cross Country

Monday, Aug. 25 • 11:00 a.m.

Milaca InviteAWAY

Thursday, Aug. 28 • 4:00 p.m.

Princeton Invite @ Fairway Shores GCAWAY

Football

Saturday, Aug. 23 • 9 – 1 p.m.

Scrimmage day @ Rush CityAWAY

Thursday, Aug. 28 • 7:00 p.m.

OgilvieAWAY

BLUEJACKETS

Girls Tennis

Tuesday, Aug. 19 • 9:00 a.m.

Invite w/Hermtown, Hibbing, N.BranchHOME

Thursday, Aug. 21 • 9:00 a.m.

Delano InvitationalAWAY

Saturday, Aug. 23 • 9:00 a.m.

North Branch InviteAWAY

Tuesday, Aug. 26 • 4:30 p.m.

FoleyAWAY

Cross Country

Thursday, Aug. 21 • 8:00 a.m.

Time Trials @ CMSAWAY

Monday, Aug. 25 • 11:00 a.m.

Milaca InviteAWAY

Boys Soccer

Thursday, Aug. 21 • 1:00 p.m.

Duluth DenfeldAWAY

Saturday, Aug. 23 • 12:00 p.m.

St. John’s PrepAWAY

Tuesday, Aug. 26 • 5:00 p.m.

St. Cloud ApolloAWAY

Volleyball

Saturday, Aug. 23 • 9:00 a.m.

Vs. Mounds View @ HopkinsAWAY

Tuesday, Aug. 26 • 7:00 p.m.

East RidgeAWAY

Girls Soccer

Saturday, Aug. 23 • 1:00 p.m.

Sauk RapidsHOME

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St. Cloud ApolloAWAY

Football

Saturday, Aug. 23 • 9 – noon

Scrimmage dayHOME

Thursday, Aug. 28 • 7:00 p.m.

Duluth DenfeldAWAY

Girls Swim & Dive

Tuesday, Aug. 26 • 6:00 p.m.

Champlin ParkHOME

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Soccer

Friday, Aug. 22 • 9:00 a.m.

First Baptist Rosemount JamboreeAWAY

Tuesday, Aug. 26 • 4:00 p.m.

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First Baptist Rosemount JamboreeAWAY

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Redbirds sweep Pioneers, advance to next playoff level http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/redbirds-sweep-pioneers-advance-to-next-playoff-level/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/redbirds-sweep-pioneers-advance-to-next-playoff-level/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:00:57 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114519  Isanti leader Kyle Johnson produced six hits and five RBI in the Redbirds’ two playoff wins over Elk River last weekend.  ICN file photo

Isanti leader Kyle Johnson produced six hits and five RBI in the Redbirds’ two playoff wins over Elk River last weekend. ICN file photo

Isanti kept its amateur baseball season alive by sweeping the best-of-three opening round against higher seed Elk River last weekend in Class B Section 8 action.

The Redbirds began with a 16-2, seven-inning swamping of the Pioneers Friday night. Wyatt Soderquist returned to the lineup with a 4-for-4 night to drive in four runs, and Kyle Johnson was 3-for-3 with two walks and three RBI. Adding two hits each were Tyler Schaff (three RBI) and Matt Duong. Adam West got the win by scattering four hits over six innings and striking out seven.

Isanti advanced to the next round by holding off Elk River 7-5 Saturday afternoon. Joe Ramberg allowed just two earned runs over seven innings to forge the win, with Wade Reichmann tossing two innings for the save, striking out three Pioneers. Johnson kept rolling with three more hits and driving in two runs. Brian Schultz added two hits, and Soderquist supplied two more RBI.

The Section 8 tourney moves to Forest Lake’s Schumacher Field this weekend. St. Francis takes on St. Michael at 6:30 p.m. Friday night. Isanti versus Forest Lake follows at 8:30 p.m. Games continue Saturday with an elimination game at 3 p.m., and the Friday night winners will play at 6 p.m. where one team secures a State berth. The final games will be at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, with a 3 p.m. game if needed for seeding.

The 16-team Minnesota Class B State tourney will then run Aug. 23 – Sept. 1 at the Jordan Mini Met and Belle Plaine’s Tiger Park stadiums.

 

Bandits’ season ended by Muskies

Returning to Hinckley for the second weekend of Region 1C games, Rum River had it season ended with a tough 4-1 loss to the Sartell Muskies on Aug. 9 in a State-entrant clinching battle.

Bandit starter Kevin Auth was cruising until the eighth inning when the Muskies struck  for all their runs. Auth finished with eight hits and five strikeouts in the playoff game. Andy Julkowski, Auth, Mike Scardigli and Kyle Gageby mustered the four Bandit hits against the Muskies’ tough hurler.

“The loss ends the season for the Bandits, who improved a great deal as the season went on. Winning two consecutive Eastern Minny West playoff titles and challenging a very good ball club to go to State bodes well for next year,” noted Bandit skipper Tom Koplitz.

Sartell defeated Hinckley 6-5 in the next Region 1C game, then the Muskies knocked off Mora 14-4 to determine the No. 1 seed and State first-round bye. Auth was drafted by Sartell, and the Bandits’ Tyler Kronstedt was drafted by Mora.

The Minnesota Class C baseball tourney opens this weekend at the Jordan Mini Met and Belle Plaine’s Tiger Park. Mora takes on New Market on Saturday morning, and Hinckley plays Ada Sunday afternoon. Sartell will begin play on Saturday, Aug. 23.

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MSF/NSF Women’s State tourney this weekend at Sandquist Park http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/msfnsf-womens-state-tourney-this-weekend-at-sandquist-park/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/msfnsf-womens-state-tourney-this-weekend-at-sandquist-park/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:59:02 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114512  

Patriot Lanes/TLS Concrete worked for a 20-1 record to win the C-I Thursday night Men's Slowpitch League championship.

Patriot Lanes/TLS Concrete worked for a 20-1 record to win the C-I Thursday night Men’s Slowpitch League championship.

Twenty-six women’s softball teams will converge up Sandquist Family Park for this weekend’s MSF/NSF State Tournament in the D and EE classes. Games begin 9 a.m. Saturday morning, with the two championship games scheduled for 4:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Come out to the park for hard-fought championship softball.

Patriot Lanes/TLS Concrete secured the 2014 C-I Men’s League championship with a victory Aug. 7 to finish atop the standings with a 20-1 mark this summer. Madre Loca was handed the Sportsmanship Award for the season. Cory Burgmeier of Patriot Lanes was voted the league MVP.

Names to the Men’s League All-Star team were Chris Storlie (P, Cambridge Collision), Kyle Grell (SS, Cambridge Collision), Jordan Rapp (1B, Nice Catches), Andy Janikowski (OF, Patriot Lanes), Ed Riebe (C, Patriot Lanes), Jordan Sibell (2B, Patriot Lanes), Phil Porta (OF, Producers), Cory Burgmeier (3B, Patriot Lanes). Named to the Honorable Mention squad were Brandon Houtsma (SS, ECL), Benji Besser (OF, ECL), Kyle Towle (OF, Smoking Guns) and Jake Freeman (OF, Brad’s Cab).

Members of the All-Star & Honorable Mention teams selected from Thursday night Men's League athletes.  Photos courtesy of Duke Weisbrod, C-I Softball Assn.

Members of the All-Star & Honorable Mention teams selected from Thursday night Men’s League athletes. Photos courtesy of Duke Weisbrod, C-I Softball Assn.

 

C-I Softball Leagues

Wednesday Women’s League

FINAL: Beavers 18-6; Pinebrook Inn 17-6; Misfits 17-7; Chaos 14-10; Jailbirds 13-11; Twin City Security 13-11; I’d Hit That 9-15; Nighthawks 9-15; Screwballs 9-14; Killer Dollz 0-24.

Thursday Men’s League

FINAL: Patriot Lanes/TLS Concrete 20-1; Cambridge Collision 19-2; ECL/Finish Line 19-2; Bulldogs 14-7; Smokin’ Guns 13-8; Pitch Slap 12-9; Scared Hitless 12-9; Hitmen 12-9; Brad’s Cab 11-10; Producers 11-10; Wicklund Construction 11-10; Leaf’s Towing 4-17; Madsen Fixture/Millwork 3-18; Amerprise 3-18; Beavers 2-19; Muskrats 2-19.

Tuesday Men’s 35-Over Masters

FINAL: Kostecka Farms 15-1; Flatland Plumbing 10-6; CFD/Camb. Bar & Grill 9-7; East Central Transport 7-9; Sidelines 4-13; Wizards of OS 4-13.

The Madre Loca Sluggers received the Sportsmanship Award for the 2014 Men's League season.

The Madre Loca Sluggers received the Sportsmanship Award for the 2014 Men’s League season.

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Swanson sets low mark for Hawk club championship http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/swanson-sets-low-mark-for-hawk-club-championship/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/swanson-sets-low-mark-for-hawk-club-championship/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:52:14 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114506 Matt Swanson (left) is the 2014 Purple Hawk men’s champion with a two-day total of six-under par 138.  Photos courtesy of Matt Grell, Purple Hawk CC

Matt Swanson is the 2014 Purple Hawk men’s champion with a two-day total of six-under par 138. Photos courtesy of Matt Grell, Purple Hawk CC

On the same weekend Rory McIlroy won his second-straight PGA major this season, Matt Swanson was on fire at the Aug. 9-10 Purple Hawk CC club championships. The 2014 Cambridge-Isanti H.S. graduate shot rounds of 68 and 70 to claim the men’s club title with a new record of six-under par for the 36-hole annual tournament.

Swanson, who will golf at the University of South Dakota this fall, held off Jake Warneke (73/71– 144) by six strokes. Brad Ludwigs (77/74– 151) finished in third place, and Dave Pearson (74/79– 153) placed fourth in the men’s gross standings.

Pearson took home the senior men’s championship by one stroke over Don Pyykola. Kelly Brown carded two 84 rounds to beat out Kathy Johnson by six strokes for the Hawk women’s club championship.

More Purple Hawk flight titles determined after the weekend of golfing:  Men’s First Flight – Swanson, 136 net • Men’s Second Flight – Shawn Walfoort, 138 net • Men’s Third Flight – Lance Oelrich, Sr., 139 net • Men’s Fourth Flight – Kurt Koester, 131 net • Men’s Senior Flight Net Champion – Koester -131 net • Men’s Super Senior Gross Champion (62+ Years) – Gary Tolifson, 155 • Men’s Super Senior Net Champion – Ron Aho, 134 net • Men’s Legends Champion (70+ Years) – Lee Hesselroth, 136 net • Women’s Net Champion – Jean Laase, 134 net.

 

Dave Pearson is the Purple Hawk Senior Men’s champ who also finished 4th in the men's gross standings.

Dave Pearson is the Purple Hawk Senior Men’s champ who also finished 4th in the men’s gross standings.

Kelly Brown's two 84 rounds secured her the 2014 Hawk Women's championship.

Kelly Brown’s two 84 rounds secured her the 2014 Hawk Women’s championship.

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Jade Newman shoots Day 2 80, places 4th in MGA Junior even http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/jade-newman-shoots-day-2-80-places-4th-in-mga-junior-even/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/13/jade-newman-shoots-day-2-80-places-4th-in-mga-junior-even/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:47:48 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114501 jadeJade Newman of Cambridge represented Purple Hawk CC at the 54th Annual MGA Junior Team Championship held Aug. 4-5 at Heritage Links GC in Lakeville. Newman shot 84-80-164 to tie for fourth place in the 64-player field. Newman earned the individual spot for the championship from District 7 by earning 18 points from three qualifying events, while teams from Elk River GC and TPC Twin Cities represented the District. 

  Heritage Links wasn’t going to play easy with many blind tee shots and greens guarded by marsh, bunkers and water. Newman started off her first round with a birdie on the par 4 no. hole 10. Another birdie on the par 4, 17th helped Jade complete her first nine holes at one-over 37. The course would fight back though, and Newman couldn’t carry her momentum, shooting 47 on the next nine holes for a sixth-place 84. On Friday, Newman helped her score with a birdie on the par 4 no. 3. A solid drive put her in position to eagle the par 4 ninth hole and round the turn with a 39. She continued her momentum and finished the back nine at 41 and a second-round 80. 

  Jade would like to thank Steve Hanson, Chris and Matt from the Purple Hawk CC, and her Purple Hawk teammates, Caitlin Richmond and Molly Ann Harvey.

Photo courtesy of Mark Brettington/MGA

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Bandits start regions with win over Blues http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/06/bandits-start-regions-with-win-over-blues/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/06/bandits-start-regions-with-win-over-blues/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:09:30 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114393 Rum River began the Class C Region 1 tournament with a solid 7-3 win over Litchfield Saturday afternoon in Hinckley. Kevin Auth handled all nine innings for the Bandits on the humid day, racking up eight strikeouts while allowing just one earned run.

Nate Knudsen came through with three hits against the Blues, including singling and scoring on Auth’s sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. A two-out dropped fly ball in left field allowed the Blues to cut it to 4-3 in the top of the sixth.

Rum River answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to regain a nice margin. Jake Gagne singled with two outs, followed by base hits from Tim Koplitz and Knudsen. Tyler Kronstedt then flared a single to center which hopped past the fielder to score both runs.

• In round two on Sunday at Hinckley, Eastern Minny rival Sartell Stone Poneys put up five runs in the ninth inning to hand the Bandits a 10-5 loss. Down 5-2 in the eighth, Ryan Miller helped tie the game with a clutch two-out, two-RBI single. Andy Julkowski blasted a first-inning homer for Rum River’s first run in the game. Kronstedt pitched well again for the Bandits, throwing six 1-2-3 innings.

The Bandits return to Hinckley for a 4 p.m. stay-alive game on Saturday against the Sartell Muskies, the defending State “C” champions, as the Region 1C tourney continues. Mora and the Stone Poneys are the two 2-0 teams so far.

Redbirds head to 8B playoffs

Isanti will head into the Class B Section 8 playoffs with the No. 3 seed out of the Metro Minny League. The Redbirds open against North Star League No. 2 seed Elk River with a best-of-three series this weekend– at Elk River Friday night, at Isanti Saturday night, and at Elk River Sunday (if needed).

Also in Section 8B, Metro Minny No. 1 Forest Lake plays North Star No. 4 Rogers, NSL No. 1 St. Michael gets No. 4 Albertville, and MML No. 2 St. Francis takes on NSL No. 3 Monticello. The four teams advancing from the first round will play a double-elimination tournament the following weekend at Forest Lake’s Schumacher Field.

The Redbirds wrapped up the regular season by winning three of four games. On July 30, Champlin defeated Isanti 9-0 despite three hits from Brian Schultz and two hits off the bats of Tyler Schaff and Collin Anderson.

The next night, the Redbirds rolled past Ramsey 7-1 when Jake Johnson scattered five hits over nine innings, striking out 11 Renegades. Schaff led with two hits and three RBI, with two hits apiece coming from Schultz and B.J. Samuelson.

Hamel forfeited the Aug. 2 final league game, then the Redbirds dealt St. Michael an 8-7 loss on Sunday at home. Joe Ramberg tossed five innings, allowing just four hits, to get the win. Schultz finished the final inning for the save. Wade Reichmann came through with two hits and three RBI, and Matt Duong also supplied a pair of hits.

Metro Minny League

FINAL:  Forest Lake 18-2, 26-5; Blaine 17-3, 31-6; Champlin 15-5, 25-11; Anoka 12-7, 21-7; Isanti 11-9, 23-13; Coon Rapids 11-9, 21-12; St. Francis 11-8, 21-11; Ramsey 5-15, 8-19; East Bethel 4-15, 9-18; Hamel 3-15, 3-17; Big Lake 2-18, 4-21.

 

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Community Sports Notes http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/06/community-sports-notes-4/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/08/06/community-sports-notes-4/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:04:45 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114382 Isanti Chamber Night Golf Aug. 15

The Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce will host its “Night Golf Classic” from 6 p.m. to midnight at Sanbrook Golf Course. Golf nine hole on a lighted course; glow ball and necklace provided. Silent auction, raffles, food and more. $45 per person. Registration at www.isantichamber.com.

5K Run/Walk for Hope in Action

Parents Brenda and Skip Strandberg of Cambridge were devastated by the loss of their son, Travis, in July 2013.  Seeking a way to honor the life and memory of Travis while supporting other families and individuals to prevent or work through similar circumstances, they formed the volunteer organization Hope In Action MN. On Sept. 6 will be the Inaugural 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk events in Cambridge, kicking off National Suicide Prevention Week. Funds raised by this event through sponsors, donations, and participant registrations will stay in Isanti County. Registration is open for individuals and families online or by mail. For more information or to register, please visit: www.hopeinactionmn.com/5k-and-family-fun-runwalks.

Holes-in-one on area courses

Good news about golfers hitting aces on local courses this summer reached the  ICN office. On June 22, Adam Reichel of Isanti shot a hole in one on the par three, 158-yard No. 15 hole on Falcon Ridge GC near Stacy. Also striking aces on Falcon Ridge were Mark Nelson of Andover on June 29 (170-yard No. 1 on executive course) and Paul Reitzel of Forest Lake on July 2 (143-yard No. 2 on regular course).

• Lee Hanson sunk a hole-in-one on Aug. 5 on the 189-yard Hole No. 5 on Bulrush GC in Rush City.

St. Croix State Park will pilot archery hunting this fall

St. Croix State Park in Hinckley will pilot an archery hunt for part of the 2014 fall deer season. The archery hunt will be Sept. 29 through Nov. 7, with the exception of Saturday, Nov. 1, and Sunday, Nov. 2, when the park will close for a youth firearms hunt. One hundred archery tags will be available; the deadline to apply for them is Aug. 15.

After a 2011 storm downed trees and dramatically changed the landscape, the number of rifle hunters allowed in the park was reduced for safety reasons. The archery hunt is being added to help safely maintain a healthy deer herd while allowing the park’s pine trees to regenerate.

To apply for the fall archery hunt, hunters should write their name, street address, email address and telephone number on a postcard and send it to St. Croix State Park, 30065 St. Croix Park Road, Hinckley, MN  55037. Hunting parties of up to four people can apply together by putting each applicant’s contact information all on one card. The park plans to allow one additional antlerless tag per hunter for the archery hunt, as well as the normal either-sex archery tag.

Successful applicants will be notified by Aug. 22. Any questions regarding the hunt can be directed to the park headquarters at 320-384-6591.

 

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Lefties lead Bandits into region tourney http://isanticountynews.com/2014/07/30/lefties-lead-bandits-into-region-tourney/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/07/30/lefties-lead-bandits-into-region-tourney/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:09:49 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114106 Tyler Kronstedt had the good stuff going all nine innings for the Rum River Bandits when they defeated Sartell 9-3 July 27 in Hinckley. At right, Kronstedt gets congrats from catcher Tim Koplitz after he got through six innings without allowing a Stone Poney hit.   Photos by Greg Hunt

Tyler Kronstedt had the good stuff going all nine innings for the Rum River Bandits when they defeated Sartell 9-3 July 27 in Hinckley. Below, Kronstedt gets congrats from catcher Tim Koplitz after he got through six innings without allowing a Stone Poney hit.  Photos by Greg Hunt

Left-handed starters Kevin Auth and Tyler Kronstedt both pitched outstanding amateur baseball games for Rum River to lead the team to next weekend’s Region 1C tournament.

In the July 26 Eastern Minny League West playoff opener at Hinckley, Auth struck out 13 and allowed just two earned runs and five hits when the Bandits defeated Nowthen 6-2. The Bandits gave Auth a little cushion with a 5-0 lead after the first two innings. Kronstedt rapped out three of the Bandits’ 14 hits in the win, with two hits each coming from Tim Koplitz, Mike Scardigli, Tom Kordiak and Jake Gagne.

Rum River returned to Hinckley on Sunday and earned a berth in the region tourney by downing West top-seed Sartell 9-3. “MegaKron” Kronstedt saw his slider hitting the spots when he had a no-hitter going for six innings on the Stone Poneys. A leadoff double in the top of the seventh was Sartell’s first hit, and that runner scored on a one-out double to break up the shutout.

By that time, however, the Bandits already owned a 5-0 lead. They scored once in the first and made it 4-0 with three in the fifth. In that inning, Kronstedt reached on an error, then Scardigli coaxed a two-out walk. Kordiak followed with a clutch single to center to plate Kronstedt, and Scardigli and Kordiak came home on passed balls.

Kronstedt’s flare single to center and an RBI grounder by Koplitz raised the Rum River lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth. The Bandits answered the Poneys’ run with three more scores in the eighth on RBI hits from Andy Julkowski and Koplitz. Kordiak finished with three hits in the win, and Kronstedt struck out nine while allowing just four hits.IMG_7066

Mora defeated Hinckley 5-3 July 27 to also advance to the Region 1C tourney out of the EML. Playing for two final region berths will be Nowthen at Sartell July 29 and Quamba at Hinckley July 30.

 

Braham 0-2 in EML games

Eastern Minny East top-seed Mora racked up 14 hits while defeating Braham 7-1 in their July 26 playoff opener at Hinckley. The Blue Devils opened up a close game with three runs in the sixth, and the Snappers got on the scoreboard with a run in the eighth.

The Snappers ended their inaugural season when Quamba exploded for nine runs in the first inning and won the July 27 elimination game 10-3 in Hinckley. Jeremy Anderson earned a complete-game win for the Cubs, allowing nine hits and striking out two. Sam Solberg and Matt Solberg combined for five hits for Quamba.

 

Tom Kordiak created a larger cushion for the Bandits with a clutch two-out RBI single in the fifth.

Tom Kordiak created a larger cushion for the Bandits with a clutch two-out RBI single in the fifth.

Redbirds drop  three games

Isanti dipped a bit with three losses last week before heading into the last games of the regular season. On July 25, Champlin defeated the Redbirds 10-5 in Metro Minny League action. Joe Ramberg paced Isanti with three hits and two RBI, with two hits coming from Brian Schultz and Kyle Johnson. Starter Adam West took the loss with five earned runs over 5.3 innings.

Elk River won a non-league match-up 8-1 on July 26. Bud Heifort returned to the mound for Isanti, giving up three earned runs over 5.3 relief innings. Wade Reichmann threw three shutout innings in relief– his longest pitching stint since elbow surgery two summers ago.

On Sunday, Blaine blanked the ‘Birds 5-0 in MML action, getting three earned runs against starter Ramberg over the first seven innings. Tyler Schaff had two hits, including a double, for Isanti in the loss. Blaine is ranked fourth in Minnesota Class B baseball, and Forest Lake is ranked eighth.

Next Isanti games: July 30 at Champlin (7:30 p.m.); July 31 at Ramsey (7:30 p.m.); Aug. 2 vs. Hamel (1:30 p.m.); Aug. 3 vs. St. Michael (2 p.m.)– end of regular season.

Metro Minny League: Forest Lake 16-1, 22-5; Blaine 14-2, 28-5; Champlin 13-3, 23-9; Anoka 9-7, 18-7; Isanti 9-8, 17-13; St. Francis 8-7, 18-10; Coon Rapids 9-9, 19-12; Ramsey 5-11, 8-15; East Bethel 4-13, 8-16; Hamel 3-14, 3-16; Big Lake 3-17, 4-18.

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Cambridge Legion 2nd in Sub-State tourney http://isanticountynews.com/2014/07/30/cambridge-legion-2nd-in-sub-state-tourney/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/07/30/cambridge-legion-2nd-in-sub-state-tourney/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:04:11 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=114102 Photo by Jeff Hage,  Princeton Union-Eagle

Photo by Jeff Hage, Princeton Union-Eagle

The Cambridge American Legion baseball team enjoyed a strong run in last week’s Sub-State Tournament hosted in Princeton. Jake Johnson (pictured taking a cut) and the Cambridge boys took wins from Big Lake and North Branch before St. Francis won July 24. 

   The Post #290 squad then held for a thrilling 9-8 victory  in the bottom of the 16th over Princeton to reach the finals. The locals defeated St. Francis 2-0 in the first game on Saturday before the Saints defended their tourney title with a 4-3 win in the second championship game. 

   St. Francis will play host Eagan when the Minnesota Legion Division I tourney begins July 31.

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