Hogs win at Target Field despite missing player

The St. Anthony Hogs amateur baseball team spent last week getting ready to play in a Major League Baseball park. Well, most of the team members did.

The Hogs were one of six teams to participate in the Town Ball Classic at Target Field on Saturday. St. Anthony pulled out a 4-2 victory over the Lyon's Pub Warriors in the Class A game that evening.

While the Hogs were at Target Field, one of their own, Dan Kaczrowski, was in Fargo with a different team. Kaczrowski rejoined the St. Paul Saints last week.

The Saints signed Kaczrowski, a St. Anthony Village High School and Hamline University product, on June 22. Injuries have plagued the Saints this season and they turned to a former Saint to shore up the lineup.

This is Kaczrowski's third stint with the Saints. He played for the team in 2009 after graduating from Hamline and before being drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks. After four seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, Kaczrowski returned to the Saints for the 2013 season.

Kaczrowski didn't play professional baseball last summer and this spring he was an assistant coach for the St. Anthony Village varsity baseball team.

Through Sunday, Kaczrowski had appeared in seven games for the Saints. He has only two hits but one was a three-run home run on Saturday that helped the Saints beat Fargo-Moorhead 5-2.

Despite the injuries, the Saints (29-7) lead the North Division of the American Association by 13 games and have the best record in the league. This week, the Saints are in Lincoln for three games before returning home for a seven-game homestand starting on Friday.

—Brian Meyers


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