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Alexandria Redbirds wrap up a third-place finish at state

Alexandria's 50-and-older baseball team beat the Crosstown Traffic in the third-place game near Minneapolis to finish off a 14-win season.

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Members of the Alexandria Redbirds 50-and-older baseball team that finished third at the 2021 state tournament during the last weekend of September include, back, left to right, Bob Brittin, George Ladd, Roger Johnson, Jeff Hook, Greg Serum, Rob Nigg, Tim Martin, Jerrod Kelley, front, Mike Weber, Jeff Kuhn, Tom Anderson, Jon Brundell, Joe Korkowski, Kurt Kuhn and Paul Huber. Not pictured from the team are Lee Backhaus, Chad Backlund, Scott Allen and Mark Burns. Contributed photo

The Alexandria Redbirds 50-and-older baseball team wrapped up another winning season recently by taking third place at the state tournament the last weekend of September.

The games were held in the Minneapolis area where 32 teams took part. Alexandria, seeded third, took on No. 2-seeded Prior Lake where the Bald Eagles took advantage of one big inning when they scored six runs in the second. That was enough to secure a 6-2 win.

Greg Serum and Tom Anderson shared the pitching duties for the Redbirds in that game, with Serum taking the loss. Prior Lake went on to win the state championship with a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Park Bees.

Alexandria moved on to face the Crosstown Traffic in the third-place game. Offenses were the story of that game as the Redbirds came out with a 10-9 win when it was all said and done. Joe Korkowski, Kurt Kuhn, Tim Martin and Lee Backhaus all pitched for Alexandria, with Korkowski earning the win on the mound. Backhaus shut the door to earn the save.

Korkowski had a big day at the plate too where he led Alexandria with four hits total. Kuhn, Martin, Jerrod Kelley, Serum and Bob Brittin added three hits apiece, while Jeff Hook, Anderson, Backhaus and Roger Johnson each added one.

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The Redbirds were in their third season as a team this summer and finished the year 14-8 overall with that third-place finish at state. Jon Brundell is the head coach of the group, while Mike Weber also shared coaching duties at the state tournament.

The average age of the Alexandria players is 59-years-old, with Johnson and George Ladd being the two oldest members still playing the game at the age of 72. Johnson and Weber are both Minnesota Senior Men’s Amateur Baseball Association Hall of Fame members after Weber was part of the 2020 class and Johnson got the call as part of the 2021 class.

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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