Amateur Baseball: Aces lose six-run lead against Miesville
May's been a month the Red Wing Aces have wanted to forget and after Monday's 8-6 loss to Miesville Red Wing will gladly welcome a turn of the calendar.
The Aces (3-5, 2-4 Classic Cannon Valley) blew a six-run lead in the eighth inning to the Mudhens. It was the fourth consecutive game Red Wing has lost and errors played a big role in deciding the latest loss.
The Aces made four errors in the game and they played a role in the eighth. Brad Beskau hit a bases-loaded single to score two runs, but a throwing error allowed another run to score to cut Red Wing's lead to 6-5. One batter later an error allowed Beskau to score to tie the game and catcher David Olson hit a go-ahead two-run homer to take an 8-6 lead for Miesville. The Mudhens (2-0, 2-0 Classic Cannon Valley) scored their first run of the game courtesy of an error as well. Beskau finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and Olson went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Scott Werner also went 2-for-5. Tyler Beaulieux finished 3-for-5.
"It wasn't just pitching and field, we completely fell apart," Aces co-manager Andy Gibart said. "We need to change that."
One inning earlier Red Wing took advantage of Miesville miscues to add to its lead. The Aces put on a double steal and scored a run after Olson threw the ball into center field to cut down the trail runner. No covered second base and the ball landed in center field.
Dave Jenson hit a two-run double to the left field fence to make it 6-0 in the seventh to chase Mudhens starter Luke Rassmussen. Rassmussen lasted 6 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits. Rassmussen walked three and struck out seven.
Erik Olson picked up the win in relief for Miesville. Olson threw 2 1/3 innings and did not give up a hit. Olson walked one and struck out one.
Red Wing welcomed back Augie Lindmark and Pat Kelly for the game. Lindmark started the game and threw 7 1/3 innings. Lindmark gave up one run on eight hits and struck out five. Lindmark gave up a one-out double in the eighth and the Aces brought on Josh Thygesen in relief. Thygesen walked the first hitter he faced and Scott Werner singled to load the bases.
Kelly went 0-for-5 and scored a run. Gibart said he did not expect Kelly to play in more games for the team this season.
"We actually had some innings where we hit the ball pretty good but we couldn't get the hits when we had guys on base in scoring position," Miesville designated hitter Pat Pohl said.
The Mudhens finished with 11 hits but stranded eight runners.
Adam Thygesen finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and Jenson went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ryan Boldt was 2-for-4 and Chris Guetzlaff went 1-for-2 with two runs.
"June is usually when we play our best ball," Gibart said. "I'm confident we will. It's just been a tough May for us. We'll turn it on in June, we always do."
Aces blow lead late to Northfield
Red Wing let a 4-3 lead slip away in the seventh inning Sunday in a 5-4 loss to Northfield in Northfield.
The Knights scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead and held on in the final two innings for the win.
The Aces jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and had added a run in the top of the seventh before losing the lead for good.
Red Wing's Dave Jensen went 1-for-3 with two RBI and Kyle Blahnik finished 2-for-4 with two RBI. Adam Thygesen went 2-for-3 with two runs.
The Aces committed three errors in the game and gave up three unearned runs. Aaron Johnson suffered the loss after throwing 6 2/3 innings. Johnson gave up two earned runs on six hits, walked one and struck out seven.
Chris Paradise drove in two runs for Northfield while Cody Goskreutz went 2-for-4 with a RBI and Matt Larson finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Larson drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh with a single.