First place, payback on the line

As traditional Fourth District powers, the American Legion baseball teams from New Brighton’s Tri-City Red and North St. Paul’s 39ers are usually in the hunt for the district championship. This summer is no different.

With two weeks left in the regular season, Tri-City and the 39ers are deadlocked atop the district standings. Technically, Red holds a one-game lead but that’s because it has played two extra games. The two squads are even in the loss column.

Tri-City Red’s lone district loss came at the hands of the 39ers in the first game of the season. Playing in the Coaches Classic Tournament at North St. Paul’s Kuenkel Field, the 39ers grabbed an 8-1 victory on June 11.

North St. Paul’s hold on first place didn’t last long, however, as it fell 3-2 to Rosetown two days later.

Since then, Tri-City and North St. Paul have been unbeaten in league play. That changes on July 5, however.

Tri-City Red hosts the 39ers at 6 p.m. at Mounds View High School in a game that could very well decide the Fourth District title. Following the game, Tri-City has only two more district games while North St. Paul has only four.

Hamline Purple, which began this week in third place, has a chance to play spoiler. The team made up of players from Cretin-Derham Hall High School hosts Tri-City Red on July 6 and the 39ers on July 13.

Tri-City Red remained tied atop the standings thanks to three district wins last week. Red topped Hamline Red twice and also scored a victory over Rosetown.

Tri-City spent the holiday weekend playing in the 44th annual Fargo-Moorhead Invitational. Red opened the tournament on June 30 by beating Hopkins 7-5 and losing 5-4 in eight innings to Fargo Post 2. The tournament continued through July 2 but the rest of the results were unavailable due to an early holiday deadline.

Following its two district games this week, Tri-City Red has a day off to prepare for the Gopher Classic. The 96-team tournament is the largest Legion baseball tournament in the country.

Tri-City plays Friday-through-Sunday’s pool-play games at Bethel University’s Hargis Park. Joining Red in the Bethel pool are Centennial, Edina 2, Yankton (S.D.), Forest Lake and Gillette (Wyo.).

The 16 pool winners advance to the playoffs, which take place July 11 and 12 in Eden Prairie and Minnetonka.

 

Tri-City Maroon

Maroon is also playing in the Gopher Classic and is a host team. The Irondale High School pool includes Tri-City, Bloomington Blue, Lakeville North 2, Farmington, Harrisburg (S.D.) and Fargo (N.D.).

The Gopher Classic is Tri-City Maroon’s third tournament of the season. Maroon also played in a tournament in Rosemount in mid-June and spent last weekend playing in the Firecracker 92 tournament in Rochester. Results of the Rochester tournament were not available for this edition of the Bulletin.

Tri-City has four games remaining on its Fourth District schedule. Maroon visits North St. Paul on July 6, hosts Tri-City Red on July 12 and plays a doubleheader at Rosetown on July 13.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

Fourth District American Legion baseball standings (Through June 30)

 

Tri-City Red 

NSP 39ers 

Hamline Purple

Rosetown

NSP Cavalry 

Hamline Red 

Tri-City Maroon 

W-L

10-1

8-1

7-3

4-6

4-7

3-6

3-7

Games behind

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1

2 1/2

5 1/2

6

6

6 1/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

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