Amateur Baseball: Bears beat Minnesota Lake, fall to Hampton
Lake City’s Brett Gwaltney, drafted by Hampton, held Cannon Falls scoreless over seven innings to give the fifth-seeded Cardinals an 8-0 victory over the third-seeded Bears in the Region 4C tournament on Sunday.
Gwaltnety struck out two, and allowed four hits and three walks, on 99 pitches. Rich Burr, in the third, and Ryan Brintnall, in the eighth, were the only two Cannon Falls runners to reach second base. None reached third.
Luke Winchell, Burr, Cory Hedeen and Zeke Williams had hits for the Bears.
Hedeen took the loss, allowing three runs, all earned, in six innings of work.
Hampton will host Blue Earth at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Bears facing Waterville at 2 p.m. in Hampton in an elimination game. A third game, at 5 p.m., will be played between the Hampton/Blue Earth loser against the Cannon Falls/Waterville winner.
Cannon Falls 5, Minnesota Lake 1
Cannon Falls left nine runners on base, but did put five across home plate to defeat Minnesota Lake, 5-1, on Saturday. Bears’ ace Keith Meyers did the rest, striking out 17 Royals while allowing one earned run on four hits over nine innings.
Cannon Falls opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Ryan Brintnall singled home Brandon Voth, who had reached earlier in the inning on a base on balls.
In the third, Meyers singled, and was later brought home on a base hit from Rich Burr. Meyers scored again in the fourth when Luke Winchell brought Meyers around with an RBI double. Meyers himself had an RBI double in the inning, scoring Brintnall, who scored Cory Hedeen with the first double of the fourth.
Eli Walters had the lone RBI for Minnesota Lake, while Thomas Nowak suffered the loss, going all eight innings and allowing five earned runs on nine hits and four walks.