Oakdale Mavericks struggle at the plate against 39ers

The 39ers rebounded from a 12-0 loss to Tri-City Reds by winning their second baseball game of the day on Wednesday, July 8.

North St. Paul's bats came alive as they shut out their American Legion counterparts from Oakdale, 6-0.

On the mound for North St. Paul was Louie Varland, who limited the visiting Mavericks to just two hits six innings while striking out six and issuing three walks.

Closing out the win for the 39ers was Elvin Baez, who had three strikeouts in the one inning he pitched.

Oakdale head coach Doug Berfeldt said, "You don't win many games when you don't score any runs. We had no runs, and I think just two hits.

"Our bats have been down for most of the season. We've come around a bit as of late. We're now 6-8  and are playing kind of a reduced schedule 

"We will stay around .500, and hopefully we'll be competitive when we get to the playoffs in a couple of weeks."

Ron Adams was not all that happy, even though the 39ers won the game. The 39ers' coach said, "We aren't playing with any energy. I like to have energy and do a lot of things.

"This is supposed to be fun and energetic. It's getting to be like a 'job' for these kids.

"The pitching went well and it was a good rebound for us [after the lopsided loss to Tri-City]. We won the game and that's the main thing, but we did not have the energy we need to have," Adams stated.

Oakdale's first hit was a single by Jay Zwak in the second inning. He stole second base, but then was eliminated on a double play when North St. Paul center fielder Jake Steckler made a catch and threw a strike to third baseman Gus Varland when Zwak attempted to go to third after the catch. The second Oakdale hit came in the sixth off the bat of Mitch Perkins-Cozatt.

The 39ers scored in the bottom of the third when Nate Rubbelke led off with a bunt single; Jimmy Bothwell singled; Adam Hildebrandt sacrificed the pair up the paths, and Gus Varland had an infield RBI out.

In the fourth the 39ers picked up two tallies when Bothwell, Hildebrandt and Gus Varland got on base. Dylan Foote then picked up an easy RBI with a walk. Jake Steckler cracked a double down the right-field line that scored Nic Keenan, who had reached on a fielder's choice. 

In the bottom of the fifth the 39ers put two more runs on the scoreboard when Bothwell was nicked by a pitch; Hildebrandt singled him to second, and he came home on consecutive walks to Gus Varland and Foote. A sacrifice fly into center field off by Sam Blees scored Hildebrandt and pushed the count to 5-0.

In the last of the sixth the 39ers put the final run up on the board when Steckler reached on an infield error. He went to second on a wild pitch and came home when Rubbelke smacked a single into left center.

—Wally Wakefield


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