Town Ball: Blaine’s big inning fuels triumph over Villains

The Blaine Fusion traveled to Albertville last Sunday afternoon and defeated the Villains 9-6, led by a crucial seven-run sixth inning. This was the first ever matchup between the teams, and the game counted in Section 8B playoff seeding.

Nick Wilson got the win when Blaine Fusion beat the Albertville Villains.Photo by Chris Walden
Nick Wilson got the win when Blaine Fusion beat the Albertville Villains. Photo by Chris Walden

Blaine scored first in the top of the fourth inning, when Matt Mossey hit a lead-off double, then scored on a Ryan Anderson single. Anderson later scored on a Chris Anderson sacrifice. Albertville answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth off of Fusion starter Brooks Maner to knot the score at two. Maner worked four innings and struck out one.

The score stayed tied until the sixth, when the Fusion’s first nine batters reached base safely on four hits, two walks, two errors and a strikout-wild pitch.

Nick Wilson got the win for 4.2 innings of relief work, giving up four runs – two on a ninth inning homer – and striking out four. Matt Mossy finished the game by getting a Villain to ground out with the bases loaded.

Eight Fusion starters had hits, including two each  from Ryan Anderson, Dan Powell and Matt Maurer. Maurer and Chris Anderson added two RBIs.

Blaine improved to 25-4 overall, and leads Section 8B at 9-1.


Weekly Metro Minny Wrap-up, June 25-July 1

• Anoka Bucs (8-6, 5-5 Metro Minny): The Black and Orange went 3-0 last week, including wins against league rivals Hamel and St Francis and closed the week with a victory over Class A Twin City Saints.

• Blaine Fusion (25-4, 9-2): Blaine also went 3-0 last week, beating Albertville, Hamel,and Class A American Pie Pie Patriots. The Fusion pounded out 17 hits in the 16-3 win against Hamel.

• Coon Rapids Redbirds (18-5, 5-3): Coon Rapids had a busy week, going 3-1 in a four day stretch. They beat Isati in the battle of the Redbirds, then shutout Rogers and St Francis before losing a close game to Big Lake.

• East Bethel Bandits (9-14, 2-10): The Bandits split their two games last week, losing to Hinkey but beating Elk River in an 8B sectional matchup.

• St. Francis Saints (13-10, 2-5): The fighting Saints lost two league games to Anoka and Coon Rapids before heading to Cambridge for the Bandits Bash Tournament. St. Francis split two games on Saturday, then beat the Quamba Cubs to take third place.

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