Tri-City Red outduels 39ers

(photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)

North St. Paul 39ers catcher Jack Murnane (20) makes the tag at home before throwing to second base for a double play to end the second inning. North St. Paul lost to Tri-City Red 6-4 at home June 25.

North St. Paul handed first District IV loss     

Tri-City Red 6 - North St. Paul 3

The Tri-City Post 513 Red American Legion baseball team faced the North St. Paul 39ers at Kuenkel Field Wednesday, June 25 for a crucial District IV league game.

Heading into the game, both teams were undefeated in league play.

Because most of the Reds players attend Mounds View High School, which recently repeated as the Minnesota State Class AAA baseball champions, the Reds had to postpone several games.

The Reds were 2-0 in league action and 5-2 overall coming into the game. North St. Paul was 5-0 in the league and 12-2 overall.

Prior to the game there was a brief ceremony honoring the late George Bodlovick, a long-time commissioner of the American Legion District IV baseball league.

His widow, Dorothy, was presented a bouquet of roses, and  it was announced that the entire 2014 District IV baseball season was dedicated to his memory.

Tri-City scored its six runs on 10 hits and left seven runners stranded. The 39ers line score read 3-11-1-8.

“It was a good ballgame,” offered Tri-City manager Steve Grasley. “We always expect a tough game when we go up against North St. Paul. They are always competitive, and the two of us seem to be near the top (of the league) each year.

“It is nice to get an early win against them. Our pitcher (Bo Lovdahl) threw a good game for his second outing for us. We’ll take the win and be happy.”

From the North St. Paul perspective, manager Ron Adams stated, “We had some chances. We just didn’t get the hits when we really could have used them. We left too many runners in scoring position. You can’t do that against a good team like them. We’ll just regroup and hope to get them the next time around.” 

Tri-City picked up a run in the second inning when Nate Douvier singled and designated hitter Wyatt Meyer slashed a double. Douvier came home on a throwing error.

In the top of the third the visitors added two more. A single by Ryan Placencia was followed by back-to-back doubles by Alec Abercrombie and Charlie Callahan that ran the count to 3-0.

In the last of the third the 39ers picked up a tally when Corky Hildebrandt led off with a double. He came home on a Texas League single off the bat of Steve Orme.

In the bottom of the fifth the 39ers cut the difference to one. Hildebrandt - he was 3-for-4 - singled to right. He advanced to second and then to third and then to home on three wild pitches before three strikeouts ended the inning.

In the sixth the 39ers put the equalizer on the board. Sam Farley led off with a single. A walk to Tommy Mulvaney was followed by a single by Jack Murnane that plated Farley with the 3-3 score.

In the seventh the Reds put to rest any thoughts anyone had about extra innings. Ben Mezzenga led off with a walk. He stole second and went to third on a throwing error.

Placencia also walked, and Abercrombie knocked a single to plate Mezzenga in front of a walk to Charlie Callahan. Nate Douvier was intentionally walked to load the sacks. A sacrifice fly by Meyer plated Abercrombie and Jeff LeMay then singled home Callahan and the Reds were on top by the 6-3 final.

Tri-City Post 513 is next scheduled to play the Hamline Post 418 Hylanders Wednesday, July 2 in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. at their home field at Mounds View High School.

The 39ers go up against the 3M Post 599 Mapleleafs July 2 6 p.m. at the Hill-Murray High School field.

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