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Area amateur baseball: St. Croix Falls 7, Hager City 4 (11 innings)

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Area amateur baseball: St. Croix Falls 7, Hager City 4 (11 innings)
Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

Game recap: Hager City's Chase Melstrom connected with a three-run home run in the ninth inning to tie the game and put it into extra innings. Immediately following the home run, the game was delayed for an hour and a half due to heavy rain. St. Croix Falls scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout with two outs that got by the catcher. The runner going to first on the play shielded the ball from the first basemen resulting in a dropped ball.

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"(The rain delay) really took momentum away from us," Hager City's Cory Brathall said.

Difference maker: Melstrom, who played catcher for the first time since being a sophomore in high school, kept the Skeeters in the game. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

"I take my hat off to Chase," Brathall said. "He really stepped it up today and kept us in the game.

Top players: Wyatt Rowe pitched 7 1/3 strong innings, striking out seven and giving up two earned runs. Tyler Regnier went 2-for-2 with a run and two stolen bases.

Next up: Red Wing at Hager City (3-19 overall, 1-10 St. Croix Valley League), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

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