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Woodbury Legion baseball team tripped up by East Ridge

Woodbury Blue players huddle up after Monday's 10-3 loss to East Ridge. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

The Woodbury Blue Legion team was riding a wave of rock-solid pitching as the season enters the halfway mark.

Woodbury was tripped up, however, on Monday, July 9, in a road game at East Ridge. The Raptors won 10-3, handing starting pitcher Brandon Mazur the loss.

Entering the Monday, July 9, game against East Ridge, the Blue squad was 7-5 overall and 6-2 in League F play.

"Our pitching and defense has been really consistent," said head coach Justin Feldkamp.

Hitting has been another matter, where the Blue squad - comprised mostly of Woodbury High School's 2012 varsity team - has run either hot or cold.

Heading into Monday's game, Noah Danner led the team in wins, going 3-0 in four appearances. He also leads all Woodbury Blue starters in ERA, with 1.75. Fellow starter Nate Wallgren (1-2) had a 2.62 ERA.

Danner also led the team in strikeouts with 23 in 20 innings pitched. Wallgren was second with 15 in 24 innings pitched.

Mazur and Joe Wood each recorded a save for Woodbury Blue leading up to the East Ridge game.

As team, Woodbury Blue has managed a 2.76 ERA.

On the offensive end the team is batting .276.

Heading into Monday's game, Ryan Scanlon led all Woodbury Blue batters with a .375 average.

"Ryan Scanlon is really coming on," Feldkamp said, commending the infielder's hustle on the field. "If we had nine guys on the field like Ryan Scanlon, we would not lose a game."

Jacob Roerick was second on the team in batting with a .350 average, followed by Chase Lonetti, who led the team in hits with 13.

Feldkamp called Roerick's offensive breakthrough "a nice surprise."

Ryan Fritze and Ryan Winter, batting .333 and .321 respectively, rounded out the players batting over .300 for Woodbury Blue.

Winter, a lineman on the WHS football team, has tremendous speed for a player his size, Feldkamp said.

"He literally can steal any base he wants to," the coach said.

Scanlon was second in hits with 12, followed by Joe Wood and Sawyer Moon - both of whom collected 10 hits apiece.

Ben Rexroth led the team in homers with two, followed by Woodbury High School Class of 2011 graduate Michael Policano with one.

Feldkamp said Policano, a 2011 WHS graduate who should compete for the starting third baseman job next year at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., has been a veteran leader on the squad.

"He's just a great kid," Feldkamp said.

Moon led the team in RBI with nine - five of which game when he was in a two-out situation.

Fritze was Woodbury Blue's top basepath thief with five stolen bases in eight games, followed by Lonetti and Moon with three apiece.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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