North St. Paul edges past Tri-City Maroon in pitchers’ duel

North St. Paul 1 - Tri-City Maroon 0

For several innings it appeared there would be no score in the well-pitched contest between the North St. Paul 39ers and Tri-City Post 513 Maroon baseball teams.

In the end it was the 39ers who tallied the lone score in the American Legion league game Thursday, July 17 at Municipal Stadium.

It also appeared that everyone was going to take credit for the 1-0 North St. Paul victory.

Some people credited “stellar coaching.” One individual suggested the victory was the result of “superb bus driving,” and still others attributed the win to a “lucky break.”

In the end only one 39er - Jake McDonough -- was able to make it to second base.

In the sixth inning he cracked a solid leadoff single into center field. He promptly stole second base, and two pitches later advanced to third on a wild pitch.

Then Bram Minser stepped into the batter’s box. He put a bunt on the ground between first base and the pitcher’s mound, and McDonough was immediately flying for home. He scored on Minser’s “suicide bunt” for the only run of the game.

“North St. Paul is a team that will take advantage of every break you give them,” said Tri-City Maroon head coach Noah Nesler in a post-game interview. “I just told our kids how good they are at moving runners up on the bases.

“I thought it was a very good game. Our kid (Ted Wiedmann) threw well enough to win. North St. Paul’s kids (Gus Varland and Zach Lauzon) also threw a good game.

“It was a game that could have gone either way. It just happened to go the wrong way for us,” Nesler said.

“It really was a well-played game,” stated North St. Paul manager Ron Adams. “I think there were just four hits by each team,” “We played well in the field, and so did they.

“We got the run, and they didn’t. We’ll take the win. Besides it was a great night for baseball,” Adams added.

Actually, Varland gave up just two hits in the four innings he worked. He recorded two strikeouts and walked none. The 39ers had a couple of errors.

Varland was relieved in the fifth inning by Zach Lauzon. He gave up just one walk, struck out five and K’d the side in the seventh inning.

Tri-City’s Wiedmann went the full seven innings and gave up just four hits, walked none and struck out three.

Gaining hits for the Maroon were Tony Grabowske and Kyle Livingood.

In addition to the hit by McDonough, the 39ers picked up hits from Steve Orme and Corky Hildebrandt, who had two.

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