The North St. Paul Post 39 baseball nine opened play in the 2013 Jim Hanus Memorial Gopher Classic Tournament July 12 against Giant Valley (Minneapolis) Post 234 in a game at Ralph Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul.
The Giant Valley club is made up mostly of Minnehaha Academy players.
In an exciting finish, the 39ers gained a first-round triumph with a bottom-of-the-eighth-inning run that gave the locals a 6-5 win over their adversaries from Minneapolis.
North St. Paul 39er Matt Kelly (20), out at second, breaks up the double play as Maplewood Green’s Brandon McGrane (7) relays to first. The 39ers won 5-2 at home July 9. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
July 10, at their home Kuenkel Field, the North St. Paul Post 39 used their bats and their feet to paddle away from the White Bear Lake Lakers 6-3.
In gaining the win the 39ers moved their season mark to 10-4 in league play and to 14-9 overall.
Leading the assault on the Lakers was A.J. Hunt, who cracked a pair of doubles and scored twice. He hit two other balls that were corralled deep in the White Bear Lake outfield.
The North St. Paul Post 39 baseball nine, playing in the Alexandria July 4 Annual Baseball Tournament, got off to a fast start when they met the Becker Post 193 Bombers in the opening game.
The 39ers emptied the Bombers’ bomb bay with a 9-1 victory.
North St. Paul wasted no time putting the eventual game-winning run on the board in the bottom of inning number one.
After Becker went down in order in the upper first, Corky Hildebrandt sent a shot to left field to lead off the 39ers’ assault.
In a game best termed “non-exciting” the North St. Paul Post 39 baseball nine took the measure of the White Bear Lake Lakers 8-2 on the Lakers’ home field July 3.
“We got a few things done tonight,” stated North St. Paul manager Ron Adams. “We hit the ball and we ran the bases well. In several of the innings we had the first guy up get on base. We got some steady pitching and were able to take advantage of a few of their mistakes. It was a good game for us. we’re making some progress.”
The North St. Paul Post 39 baseball team began the month of July with a “bang” when they visited the Arcade-Phalen Post 577 July 2, for a District IV clash held at Johnson High School.
“It was a good game for us,” understated 39ers head coach Ron Adams. “We were able to take advantage of some of their weaknesses. We got everyone in the game and gained some experience that way. We hit the ball and took advantage of our opportunities. We have to be happy with the outcome.”
A pair of suicide squeeze bunts by the North St. Paul Post 39 helped them achieve a 9-inning, 6-5 triumph over Rosetown Post 542, June 17 in American Legion District IV play at the Rockets home field.
The game was highlighted by a pair of home runs off Rosetown bats and a like number of successful suicide squeeze bunts by the 39ers.
Those exploits were punctuated by a couple of highly questionable calls — particularly at home plate — by the umpires.
The North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 ventured to Mounds View High School for the first meeting of the season between the 39ers and Tri-City Post 513 on June 18.
Tri-City Red managed to beat the 39ers, 2-0, even though they were short some key players after Mounds View High School won the Class AAA State Baseball Tournament the day before.
Most of Tri-City’s players attend Mounds View.
The last few years the North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 baseball nine has had an early-season crack at tourney play, with the annual Legion Baseball Tournament held in Grand Rapids, Minn.
The round-robin contest tests teams’ strategy and tenacity as they battle to reach the June 23 championship.
The people look like ants from up there too; the Copper Peak Ski Flying complex is the only ski flying hill in North or South America. That’s Lake Superior in the background. (photo by Keith L. Anderson, Montreal, Wisc., from WLUC-TV website uppermichiganssource.com)
It’s been 20 years since last they “flew” at Copper Peak It doesn’t seem that long ago.
Actually it seems like yesterday that I sat on a stool just inside a door and watched the ski jumping world pass by on their way into a banquet.
The year was 1970 and just about anyone I knew in that world of ski jumpers was in Ironwood, Mich. They had gathered to witness the first ski flying event ever held in the Western Hemisphere.
North St. Paul shortstop Jackson Goplen (17) is in on the double play to end the second inning as second baseman Adam Hildebrandt (7) makes the relay to first. The 39ers won 7-5 over Hamline Purple at home June 19.
June 19th - North St. Paul 39ers vs. Hamline Purple. Photos from June 19 by Linda Baumeister/Review.