Amateur Baseball: Aces get back on track
Aaron Johnson mowed down the order, and the bats finally came alive for Red Wing as the Aces handled Prescott, 5-0, on Friday in a first-round game in the Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls.
Johnson threw a complete-game shutout, throwing seven innings and giving up just four hits and two walks. The combined six base runners were equaled by Johnson’s six strikeouts as Red Wing moves on to face Eagan at 2:30 p.m. Saturday back in Cannon Falls.
The Aces scored three times in the second inning with Alex Quiding doing all the damage with a three-run home run. Jimmy Bohmbach and Zach Garner singled ahead of Quiding, and both were moved into scoring position on a sacrifice from Dave Jenson. That move was moot after Quiding launched his blast to left field to give Red Wing an early lead.
Bohmbach would come up again in the third, hitting a solo shot to center field to increase the advantage. Kyle Blahnik closed the scoring in the fourth with his own home run, this one also going to left. Bohmbach, Quiding and Blahnik each had a pair of hits with Garner’s single giving the Aces a total of seven for the game.
If Red Wing beats Eagan, the Aces would play in the championship game at 7 p.m. Sunday. A loss would drop Red Wing into the third-place game at 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.
After the weekend tournament, the Aces will host Dundas for a Classic Cannon Valley League game at 7:30 p.m. Friday June 20.