39ers’ Dylan Foote tosses 2-hit, 8K shutout over Oakdale

The North St. Paul Post 39ers decided to put Dylan Foote on the mound for a non-district American Legion game with the Oakdale Mavericks Tuesday, July 14 at Kuenkel Field.

That it worked out well is an understatement. Foote shut the Mavericks down, allowing only two hits while going the distance.

Meanwhile, his mates pounded out nine hits and took advantage of a pair of walks and three errors as they cruised to an 8-0 win over their counterparts from Oakdale.

In summing up his performance on the mound, Foote said, "Tonight I had my curveball working. It set them up, and I probably got five or maybe six strikeouts on my curveball.

"I felt good, and we had some good defensive play behind me. It was a good game for us."

North St. Paul head coach Ron Adams concurred. "It was a pretty good ballgame tonight. [Foote] kept them off-stride with his breaking stuff. He's come in a few times this year and has done a good job each time.

"We had a little more energy in the game today than what we have been displaying. We hit the ball and played good defense."

In his post-game comments, Oakdale coach Doug Berfeldt said, "We're looking for some hits, and we're looking for a win. We're struggling right now and have lost 10 games in a row.

"We went into a tournament this past weekend and dropped five games. We need to get our bats going and have to shore up our defense. We have only one game left in the regular season before we go into the playoffs."

The 39ers got scoring from eight separate players as they hit the ball well throughout their lineup.

A one-out walk to Jimmy Bothwell in the last of the first inning got things going. Adam Hildebrandt banged a single into left center, and an error allowed Gus Varland to fill the bases with 39ers.

A walk to Louie Varland allowed Bothwell to cross the plate. Sam Farley then slashed a single into right field that scored two more to give the 39ers a 3-0 lead heading for the second inning.

Jake Steckler led off the second inning with a double into center field. A pair of outs later, Gus Varland brought Steckler home with a single into right center.

In the third, Jace Piepgras led off with a double and moved to third on a passed ball. He came home on an infield roller off the bat of Farley - his third RBI - that pushed the total to 5-0.

In the last of the sixth the 39ers put the game on ice when they scored three runs.

Louie Varland led off with a bloop single into left. An outfield error on a ball hit by Joe Baumann moved Varland to second. He came home on a single up the middle by Nate Rubbelke. Hildebrandt then knocked an RBI single into left that scored Rubbelke, and the 39ers had their 8-0 victory.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7826.


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