Cavalry tops White Bear Lake in District IV

A huge seventh inning cast aside all doubt about who would be the victor in an American Legion Fourth District IV baseball game played July 2 at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.

The "new kids on the block" - the North St. Paul Cavalry - had 11 players bat in the top of the seventh and scored seven runs to push their lead to 11-1 over the White Bear Lake Lakers.

It is the first year the North St. Paul American Legion Post 39 has been the sponsor of a second team. The Cavalry is much the same as a "B" squad franchise for the well-established 39ers.

The win prompted Cavalry manager Rick Mercado to state: "It really feels good getting an 800-pound gorilla off your back. This was the first win in 10 games for us ... We had good defense today, and then we hit the ball."

The Cavalry not only got 10 hits; they also were solid in the field, playing an errorless game.

Cavalry pitcher Matt Mercado (the coach's son) said, "It feels good getting our first win. My curve ball was tremendous today. This was my second start after I was injured early on. We had good defense behind me, and that really helped."

Big sticks at the plate for the Cavalry were Tony Bobrowski, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI, and Angelo Mancini, 2-for-3 with a single and a triple, and scored two runs.

The Lakers opened the scoring in the last of the first inning when a single by Jonny DeGardner was followed with a double down the right field line off the bat of Connor Bjornberg.

The lead held up until the third when Sam Syring knocked a one-out single into right field. Max Faust moved him to second, and he came home on an infield error on a hard-hit ball by Dan Salinas.

In the upper second Mancini led off with a one-hop triple off the center field fence. A suicide bunt by Malachy Zamacona allowed Mancini to tally the 2-1 score.

In the top of the sixth Zach Anderson led off with a walk. Mancini singled to right, and Zamacona filled the bases. A pair of walks to Syring and Salinas put two runs across and pushed the score to 4-1.

Then came the top of the seventh and seven more Cavalry runs. Hits by J.J. Lamb, Zamacona, Syring (two base hits) and Bobrowski (a double, triple and two RBI); fielding errors on balls hit by Salinas and Mancini; Anderson hit by a pitch, and a walk to Jordan Holt produced the final 11-1 tally and the first Cavalry triumph of the season.

 

Wally Wakefield can be reached at wwakefield@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7826.

 

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