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39ers end regular season with slugfest win over Purple
North St. Paul 14 - Hamline 12
In a somewhat strange doubleheader day, the North St. Paul Post 39 team was routed 10-1 in a noon game Sunday, July 20 with Tri-City Red, and then traveled to Cretin-Derham Hall baseball field in St. Paul for a 6 p.m. contest with the Hamline Post 418 Purple and won a slugfest.
With the temperatures in the 90s and the humidity hovering in the low 70s, the combatants waged a marathon game that ended with the 39ers gaining a 14-12 triumph.
It was a seesaw battle, with Hamline having a 1-0 edge after the first inning.
In the top of the third the 39ers gained the equalizer. Tommy Mulvaney worked a one-out walk and swiped second. Sam Farley was hit by a pitch. Steve Orme smacked a line shot into center field, and Mulvaney knotted the count at 1-1.
In the last of the third the Purple surged to a 6-1 leeway, but the 39ers weren’t about to give up. They sent 12 batters to the box in the fourth and managed to take the lead.
Sam Blees worked a leadoff walk. Jace Piepgras doubled into the right field corner. Dylan Foote reached on an infield error that plated Blees. Corky Hildebrandt followed with a sacrifice bunt and beat the peg at first.
Tommy Mulvaney picked up an easy RBI with a walk. Joe Messerole doubled home Foote and Hildebrandt in front of a run-scoring single by Sam Farley. Brendan Herold then reached on an infield error as Messerole and Farley came home to push the score to 8-6.
In the bottom of the fourth the Purple leveled the count at 8-8.
The slugfest continued as the 39ers gained a three-run margin in their half of the fifth. Foote led off with a walk. Mulvaney singled up the middle in front of an RBI double by Mulvaney. A balk moved the runners up the bases in front of a double to center field by Joe Messerole that put Foote across the plate.
Steve Orme then singled home Mulvaney and Messerole. Blees singled and when Farley crossed home it was 11-8.
The Hamline added runs in the fifth and sixth innings, and trailed 10-12.
In the top of the seventh a two-out home run to center field by Minser pushed the North St. Paul lead to 13-10.
Blees followed and singled up the middle. Piepgras singled in front of Foote sending a shot into center that scored Blees and gave the 39ers a 14-10 lead.
In the last of the seventh the Purple mounted yet another comeback attempt. With the bases loaded and no outs, Gunner McClellan sent a two-RBI single into center field.
But North St. Paul was able to get out of the inning with a force at third, a strikeout and a groundout to claim the 14-12 win.
Wally Wakefield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.