North End upends 39ers

In the near ideal weather of June 15, North End Post 474 visited Kuenkel Field in North St. Paul to do battle with the North St. Paul 39ers.

The 39ers cruised into the sixth inning with a 4-1 lead. Suddenly the bubble burst as the Parkers sent 12 batters to the plate and six of them reached home in a 7-4 victory. The win subdued the locals and pushed the 39ers season mark to 0-4.

"We just couldn’t seem to get an out. I had to take Seeps (39ers’ starting pitcher Ryan Sepion) out because we want him ready for the tournament this weekend," explained North St. Paul manager Ron Adams.

Sepion had a 4-1 lead when he left the mound at the end of three innings. From then on the 39ers used two more pitchers and couldn’t hold the lead.

"We’re a little thin right now in our pitching department," Adams said. "We can’t find the plate and teams are taking advantage of the opportunities we are giving them. We will just have to work on things and get them straightened out."

The Parkers forged a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Jack Brandt led off with a single. He moved to third on a pair of infield outs and came home on an infield error on a ball hit by Joe Davoli.

The 39ers came back in the bottom of the second when Dusty Adams sliced a double to the left field corner. He took third on a throwing error.

C.J. Wilms — batting for Sepion — put a ball into the left centerfield gap, and Sepion trotted home to tie the score 1-1.

B.J. Thompson led off the 39ers third inning with a single to right. Matt Borndale sacrificed him to second. Scott Horner sent a shot to right for a RBI single.

Back to back singles off the bats of Adams — he went 3-for-4 in the loss — and C.J. Wilms — he was 4-for-4 — plated Horner.

A pair of walks to Chris Muellner and Derek Holmberg forced in the third run of the inning and the 39ers were on top at 4-1.

In the fourth inning the 39ers had a pair of hits but left no one on base. Again in the fifth, they couldn’t produce a run on three singles, as two runners were tossed out on attempted steals of second base.

In addition to Horner and Wilms, Dusty Adams was 3-for-4, with two runs and a RBI. Thompson went 3-for-4 and scored a run.

But the efforts went for naught. In the top of the sixth, the bottom fell out on the 39ers.

The Parkers sent 12 batters to the plate and six of them came back to score.

Every batter in their lineup reached base. Four singles off the bats of Jack Brandt — he had a pair and a couple of RBI — Joe Davoli and Alex Paitich, combined with five walks issued to Scott Walsh, Alex Sargent , Mike Graybil, Gave Archibo and Nick Follmer, produced all the scores the Parkers would need to run their season mark to 2-2.

Three of the six runs in the inning were the results of bases filled walks and North End left the bases full when the final out, on a force at second base, was recorded.

On paper, the 39ers should have won the game. North End had seven runs on six hits, made no errors and left seven on base.

The 39ers could muster just four runs on 14 hits, made one error and stranded nine.

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