Amateur Baseball: Aces keep rolling
Red Wing’s only hits came in the third inning Tuesday night against Prescott at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
That is normally an issue but the Aces tallied six runs on eight hits in that inning and grabbed a 7-5 victory, their 11th straight win.
“We have been relying on big innings,” Red Wing co-manager Andy Gibart said. “Guys are feeding off each other, every time we get a couple hits, it seems to be two or three hits in a row and we find a way every time to get guys in.”
Tyler Goering struggled with command through his five innings for Red Wing (19-4), walking three and hitting four batters, but he did enough to pick up the victory.
“He’s going to battle out there,” Gibart said. “Tonight was a perfect example of him battling. He definitely struggled with his control a little bit with hit-by-pitches and a walk mixed in but he found his way to get out of innings. We needed that five innings out of him.”
No player had more than one hit for the Aces. Zach Garner went 1-for-3 with two RBI and Zach Laffey was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Steve Boldt, Kyle Blahnik and Dave Jenson each had one hit and one RBI while Jordan Warren finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Chris Terrazas went 3-for-5, Jared Powell was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Billy Brookshaw finished 2-for-5 with a run scored for the Pirates.
Prescott (10-5) capitalized on Goering’s wildness to put up a run in the second inning without a hit as Powell walked and ended up scoring on a passed ball four batters later for a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, the Pirates went up 2-0 as Brady Randolph was hit by a pitch with one out, Chris Terrazas singled and Powell brought in Randolph with a single.
“I was trying to throw inside,” Goering said. “It just wasn’t working out.”
But the Aces had an answer in the bottom of the third inning when Alex Quiding picked up their first hit of the game, Josh Thygesen followed with a single and Warren bunted for a single to load the bases on the first three pitches of the inning by Adam Barta.
Then, Garner tied the game with a two-RBI single. After a fielder’s choice cut down a runner at home, Boldt singled to bring in a run, Laffey doubled in a run and Blahnik hit a soft single to go up 5-2. Jenson’s flared single to left field scored Laffey for the final run of the inning.
“It was huge,” Goering said. “Even though I gave up two runs, you’re still out there with confidence that they can put six up in one inning; that’s pretty good. You know they can do it at any time.”
Prescott recovered in the fourth inning, scoring two runs on three hits and a hit-by-pitch to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Warren scored Red Wing’s final run as he walked to open the sixth inning, moved to second on a passed ball and scored from second base when Prescott’s right fielder made a diving catch on Garner’s long fly ball for a 7-4 lead.
In the seventh inning, Jim French pulled Prescott within two runs on a leadoff solo home run but the Aces allowed just two base runners after that. Justin Cunningham gave up one run in two innings, Warren pitched the eighth inning and Aaron Johnson picked up a save while striking out the side in the ninth inning.
“Our key has been pitching,” Gibart said. “We knew we were going to be strong and have a lot of arms. The pitching’s been there almost every single game. This hitting has been the surprise for us, being able to get leads and hold leads with our pitching.”
Red Wing is now 15-0 at home. The Aces will attempt to stay undefeated and get revenge for a loss to Miesville on Memorial Day when they face the Mudhens Thursday for an Independence Day matchup at the Ath. The game begins at 2 p.m.
“It really is almost a home-field advantage this year,” Gibart said. “It’s amazing how well we’ve been playing at home and we’re feeding off it in the sense that we’re enjoying seeing the crowds come to games. We’re wanting to put on a show. We just expect to win when we step on the field here.”