Amateur Baseball: Red Wing riding high
LAKE CITY – Red Wing’s Jordan Warren poured in strikes from start to finish Friday night as the Aces sank Lake City 8-3 at Bill Kieffer Field.
Warren threw first-pitch strikes to more than 80 percent of the Serpents’ hitters in the complete-game victory. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out four.
“Honestly, nothing but my fastball was working,” Warren said. “That was about the only pitch I could throw for strikes consistently but I felt like I was able to paint the corners a little bit. They were just hitting the ball to our defense and the defense was making plays.”
On offense, Red Wing (17-4) piled up 11 hits, walked six times and also took advantage of three errors by winless Lake City (0-7). Adam Thygesen was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for the Aces, Zach Garner was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Tyler Goering finished 0-for-1 with three walks and a run scored.
“I think we did a pretty good job of waiting for pitches we could hit,” Aces’ co-manager Jimmy Bohmbach said.
Derek Sogla went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and a run scored to lead the Serpents, and Brett Gwaltney was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Serpents took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Zach Wolfe reached with one out on a single, Sogla doubled and Austin Baab followed with a sacrifice fly to left field.
But Red Wing spent little time coming back as Goering walked to start the third, Thygesen singled and Mike Stegora doubled to score Goering. Then, an error by Lake City’s shortstop brought in two runs, and an error at second base two batters later brought in another for a 4-1 Aces lead. Kyle Blahnik added to the deficit with an RBI double as Red Wing went up 5-1.
“We usually have one bad inning and it costs us,” Serpents manager Scott Gwaltney said. “If you don’t play good defense, you cannot win.”
The Aces put up a run in the fourth inning on a wild pitch and scored two in the fifth inning on a single by Thygesen for an 8-1 lead.
The Serpents pushed a run across again in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI single from Brett Gwaltney. Lake City’s final tally came in the bottom of the seventh as Sogla tripled and Austin Baab grounded out to shortstop.
Red Wing’s confidence is sky high right now with nine straight victories since June 12.
“I think the biggest thing is staying loose,” Bohmbach said. “When we play loose and have fun, we play better.”
The Aces will attempt to make it 10 in a row Sunday at 2 p.m. against the Hastings Hawks at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
The Serpents will try to get their first win on Sunday in a doubleheader on the road against Northfield.