Bulletin-area teams remain unbeaten at Target Field

The St. Anthony Hogs took part in the Town Ball Classic at Target Field. In front, seated, are Ryan Ferkinhoff, Sam Melchoir, Aidan Kelly, Andrew Johnson, Andy Sammon and Zach Siggelkow. Behind them are Noah Bluth, Nicho Roessler, Shay Torgerson, Mikey Fisher, Stephen Couillard, Mike Payne and Talbot Kraus. And, behind them, Mike Studer, John Grindeland, Jeff Ostrom, Mike Hankner, Steve Wehr, Ryan Bernardy, Chad Schnettler, Jordan Wiggins, Mike Dunn and Tom Mack. (submitted photo)

For the third time in three years, a baseball team from the Bulletin area picked up a victory at Target Field. The St. Anthony Hogs, a Class A mens amateur team, topped the Lyons Pub Warriors 4-2 in the third and final game of the Town Ball Classic on June 27.

This was the first year of the Town Ball Classic, which featured three games between amateur town ball teams from Minnesota. In addition to the Class A game involving the Hogs, the classic also featured a Class C game between the Faribault Lakers and the Chanhassen Red Birds and a Class B game pitting the Mankato Twins against the Shakopee Indians.

All proceeds from the Town Ball Classic went to the Twins Community Fund, which helps enrich local and regional communities by providing funds for baseball and softball fields.

St. Anthony was able to get all 22 of its active players into the game and also pulled off the victory.

Jordan Wiggins, a 2012 St. Anthony Village High School graduate, started on the mound and was one of seven Hogs pitchers to throw in the game. Chad Schnettler picked up the victory by throwing a scoreless fifth inning and Steve Wehr, a 2010 St. Anthony grad, earned the save by pitching the final two innings.

Offensively, Jeff Ostrom got the ball rolling for the Hogs with an RBI single in the third to score Mike Payne. St. Anthony added three more runs in the sixth as Wiggins drove in one run with a groundout and Noah Bluth, a 2014 St. Anthony graduate, drove in the other two with a single.

Ostrom and Mike Studer each had two hits and one of Studer’s was a double. Andrew Johnson also had a double as he banged one off the left-field wall.

St. Anthony finished with 11 hits while the Warriors scored their two runs on eight hits. Neither team committed an error.

The previous two victories at Target Field for Bulletin-area teams came courtesy of the Mounds View High School baseball team, which won the Class AAA state championship there in 2013 and 2014.

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


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