North St. Paul Cavalry & 39ers duel at Kuenkel Field

39ers 6 - Cavalry 0

On Sunday, June 14 the two baseball teams sponsored by North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 — the Cavalry and the 39ers — squared off at Ralph Kuenkel Field.

That it didn't turn out well for the newly formed Calvary team is an understatement as the 39ers shut them out 6-0.

On the mound for the 39ers was Louie Varland, who limited the Calvary to a single hit, walked two batters and struck out six in the four innings he worked.

Relieving Varland were Elvin Baez for two innings and Zach Lauzon for one.

Gaining hits for the 39ers were Jimmy Bothwell. Jake Steckler, Dylan Foote, Vaughn Pouncey, Joey Lenart and Gus Varland.

What turned out to be the winning run for the 39ers came in the last of the first inning when Steckler banged an RBI single.

In their half of the third the 39ers sealed the game when they scored five more runs.

Tri-City Reds 3 - North St. Paul 39ers 1

The initial American Legion baseball game at the new CHS Field in downtown St. Paul took place Monday, June 15 and featured Tri-City Reds and the North St. Paul 39ers.

The Legion Post 39 color guard was on hand to present the colors during the national anthem.

The game was played in a brisk manner, and the Tri-City Reds took advantage of a costly 39ers' error in the third inning and soon were on their way to a 3-1 victory.

Afterwards, 39ers manager Ron Adams offered this observation, "Obviously, that one inning hurt us. I thought we hit the ball hard, but it was right at somebody.

"We had too many fly balls for too many easy outs. Their pitcher [Bo Lovdahl] kept us off balance. They got two hits in that one inning, and we had that one mistake. Take away that, and we're still playing.

"Our pitcher [Gus Varland] threw well. We just waited too long to get a hit and a run. But we played well, and it was a good game," Adams said.

Lovdahl limited the 39ers to just two hits, and the 39ers' Varland deserved a better fate as he allowed just three hits and one earned run.

In their half of the third inning, the Reds scored all they would need. They already had two players cross homeplate before the 39ers' error on the right side of the infield allowed a third Tri-City base runner to score.

The first North St. Paul hit came in the top of the seventh when Jake Steckler banged a one-out shot to right center. The ball was bobbled and Steckler ended up at second. A fly ball to right field produced the second out before Sam Farley slapped a run-scoring single into left center. Joey Lenart was nicked by a pitch and then was forced at second for the game-ending out as Tri-City claimed the 3-1 game.
                    
Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7826.
 

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