Amateur Baseball: Red Wing takes 3rd straight
After shelling Randolph 16-3 on Sunday, Red Wing was ready to keep that momentum rolling against Spring Valley (Wis.) on Wednesday. So it was an initial shock for the Aces when they could only muster two hits through the first five innings.
But with Brady Schroeder throwing six solid innings on the mound, Red Wing kept up its winning ways with a 4-1 victory over the Hawks at the Red Wing Athletic Field. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh due to rain.
Schroeder held Spring Valley to four hits in six innings, striking out six for his third victory of the season.
"The key for us all year has been good pitching," said Aces' co-manager Andy Gibart. "(Schroeder) mixed his pitches well and that was good to see.
"Between Brady, Aaron (Johnson) and myself, we expect good starts from our pitchers."
Even as the bats struggled to get going, Red Wing was able to get runs across the plate in the early going. In the bottom of the first, Zach Garner led off the bottom frame with a single. Moving over to third on a fielding error, Garner scored on a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Bohmbach.
Over the next two innings, Red Wing couldn't get any runs across, with runners stranded at second and third base in the bottom of the third.
"It was a little disappointing that the bats didn't get going right away," Gibart said.
The Hawks pushed their first run across in the top of the fourth when with two outs, Brian Rudesill hit a popup to shallow right field. The ball dropped between two Aces players, allowing Jordan Pellett to score the game-tying run.
Although the Aces didn't tally a hit in the bottom of the fourth, they were able to retake the lead. Mike Stegora led off with a walk, and then moved into scoring position on a groundout and a wild pitch. Stegora went on to score the eventual game-winning run on a groundout by Tyler Goering.
Then in the sixth, Red Wing's offense finally broke through with four hits and a pair of runs. Dave Jensen and Stegora had back-to-back hits to lead off the inning, then two batters later, Goering tagged a two-run single into the left-center gap.
"It was good to see our bottom of the order pick it up," Gibart said. Stegora, the No. 6 hitter was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and Goering went 1-for-3 with three RBI.
"Our top of the order has been leading the way, but in a game like this where they're struggling, it's good to see the bottom step it up."
Johnson relieved Schroeder in the top of the seventh, striking out two in a 1-2-3 inning. With the rain falling, Red Wing loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh before the tarps were pulled to end the game.
The Aces (5-1) stay at the Ath Friday, hosting the Minneapolis Patriots. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m.