Now in the 10th season, the Coon Rapids Redbirds seem to have found the right combination of age and experience to make a run at its first state tournament entry since 2008.
Castle Field in Anoka was the site for the final preseason tune-up for the St. Paul Saints as they faced the Anoka Bucs and Metro Minny all stars Saturday afternoon.
He’s been blue for more than 50 years, but that doesn’t mean Larry Gallagher’s feeling down. No, this “blue” brings him pride and joy, because you see Gallagher is an umpire and ever since he first strapped on the mask and chest protector, he’s felt right at home.
After coming off a couple of tough losses against league rivals Coon Rapids Redbirds and Blaine Fusion, the Anoka Bucs town ball team took to Castle Field July 28 for its first home field baseball game there.
The second half of the Metro Minny League schedule should be an entertaining, but packed July schedule.
According to the league web site, no team has played more than 11 games, so “let the pennant fever begin.”
Coon Rapids Redbirds won back-to-back games to improve to 12-8 overall (6-3 in the league) this season after a 5-4 win against Metro Minny League-rival Blaine Fusion June 28 and an 8-6 non-league win against Victoria Vics, the defending Class B state champions June 30.
Jim Lundeen wears many baseball caps: founder of the Anoka Bucs town ball team, American Legion baseball and Anoka Ramsey baseball promoter, distributor of Killebrew Root Beer, Castle Field fund-raising committee member – and giver of an $8,000 donation to the Castle Field Association.