39ers no-hit and 10-run visiting West St. Paul

North St. Paul 11 - West St. Paul 1

The West St. Paul Post 521 Challenger baseball team is having an impressive season.

Heading into a Tuesday, July 8 game with the North St. Paul American Legion 39ers, the Challenger had a record of 15-4 record. Equally impressive was the 39ers’ record of 22-5.

So no one expected the game to be so lopsided or end in only six-innings because of the 10-run rule. But that’s what happened when the 39ers hung an 11-1, no-hit loss on the unfortunate visitors.

“That had to be about the weirdest no-hit game you ever saw,” said the smiling North St. Paul manager Ron Adams. “Our pitching wasn’t all that strong, but we had enough strikes and enough pitching to keep them off balance. 

“Our runs early on in the game made a difference. That, and we were able to take advantage of some of their mistakes. It made for an interesting game.”

Meanwhile, West St, Paul manager Matt Tessmer said, “Obviously, the no hits hurt us.

“They did their job. We didn’t do ours. No hits and some errors and misplays on our part made the difference. But we’ll be back in a couple of weeks for the playoffs.”

The Sub-Section 7 American Legion league playoffs will take place at Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul July 22-26.

The Challenger run came in the fifth inning. A walk allowed Austyn Shepherd to reach base. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a slow roller. A fielder’s choice allowed Shepherd to score.

The 39ers scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Corky Hildebrandt led off with a single. Sam Farley singled and Steve Orme loaded the sacks with a walk.

Gus Varland picked up a RBI with a walk. Then an infield error allowed Farley to score the game-winning run in front of a walk to Dylan Foote.

The “39ers added three more in the second inning. Joe Messerole doubled and Farley knocked a single up the middle that plated Messerole. Orme and Varland walked in front of a two-RBI double by Jake McDonough that pushed the North St. Paul advantage to 6-0.

In the fourth it became 9-0 when Farley walked, Orme singled and Varland walked. Jace Piepgras singled to left, and Hildebrandt was nailed by a pitch that gave the 39ers a nine-run advantage but left the bases full.

The Challenger scored in the fifth, but the “weird” contest ended in the bottom of the sixth.

McDonough led off the sixth with a walk. Foote cracked a ground-ball single into right. Hildebrandt was safe on a fielder’s choice as McDonough was forced out at third. A two-run single by Tom Mulvaney made it 11-1 and ended the 39ers’ onslaught due to the 10-run rule.

The line scores read West St. Paul 1-0-3-1 and the North St. Paul line was 11-9-0-10.

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com.


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