The baseball season began today and Shoreview Red lost a heartbreaker to crosstown rival Shoreview Royal by a final of 16-15 at Bucher Park in Shoreview. Red started out with some hot hitting and went out to an early lead, but the game became a see-saw affair and the homestanding Royal squad was able to coax over the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning as darkness approached.
Ben had a good debut performance, going 2-3 with two walks and scoring a run in 5 appearances. As the score indicated, the game was a slugfest and while there's room for improvement, the squad played pretty well for the debut.
Red takes the field again on Wednesday evening against a mysterious Coon Rapids squad at Cummings Park in Arden Hills. Game time is 6:15. As always, if you want to know precisely what's happening in 13-year old in-house youth baseball in Northern Ramsey County, look no further than Mr. Dilettante.