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Baseball: Alexandria Redbirds finish off 12-1 regular season

Alexandria's 50-and-older baseball team now turns its attention to the state tournament.

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Jerrod Kelly of the Alexansdria Redbirds 50-and-older baseball team stands in the batter's box against White Bear Lake on Sept. 17. Kelly had five hits with three doubles, 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored in two games against White Bear Lake to help lead the Redbirds to the sweep and a 12-1 regular-season record.
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ALEXANDRIA - The Alexandria Redbirds 50-and-older baseball team is looking ahead to the Minnesota State Tournament this coming weekend after wrapping up two more wins on Sept. 17 to finish the regular season with a 12-1 record.

The Redbirds beat the White Bear Lake Bears in 4-1 and 10-4 wins on Saturday. Greg Serum threw a complete game on the mound in the 4-1 final. He gave up just five hits and struck out three.

Greg Stehn got the start and win on the mound in game two as he allowed four runs through 4-plus innings. Doug Breikreutz came on in relief and pitched the fifth and sixth innings where he struck out four of the five batters he faced.

The Redbirds had to play three games in one day, a first for this group, to secure a share of the championship with a 3-0 record after rains washed out Sunday's schedule.

Jerrod Kelly led the way offensively by going 5-for-5 through the two games. He had three doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored.

Alexandria had a balanced offensive attack. Joe Korkowski had four hits, scored three runs and stole three bases, while Jeff Hook (3 RBIs, 1 SB) also had four hits. Kurt Kuhn (4 runs, 3 SBs, BB), and Doug Breikreutz (3 runs, 3 RBIs, 2B) both had 3 hits. Tom “Hollywood” Anderson had two hits (2 runs), and Roger Johnson and Lee Backhaus (RBI) both had one hit.

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Stehn had a sacrifice bunt, while Johnson threw out two runners trying to steal second base and picked off another at first base from his catcher position.

The Redbirds will open the Minnesota State Tournament on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Polar Lakes Park (Field 1) in White Bear Lake. Alexandria is ranked No. 4 out of 35 total teams in the state and will begin the tournament in the top bracket against No. 1-ranked Mill City.

The winner of this opening game plays the winner of No. 2-ranked St. Louis Park and the No. 3-ranked Minneapolis Millers. The two losing teams will face each other in the third-place game.

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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