Baseball: Bears hold off Hampton
CANNON FALLS, Minn. – Wednesday provided Cannon Falls and Hampton with a perfect evening for baseball. Throw in hot dogs and beer for $1 each, and the atmosphere at John Burch Park was festive and pleasant.
The play on the field? Well, that was a bit short of ideal, though the Bears took advantage of some shoddy defense from the Cardinals to come away with a 5-0 Classic Cannon Valley League victory.
“That fifth inning was big,” Cannon Falls player-manager Keith Meyers said. “It’s the first time we’ve played Hampton during the regular season on a weeknight. In the past, we’ve always played them Memorial Day and Fourth of July, so it was a little different feel.”
The Cardinals didn’t have much of a feel of anything in the field, committing four errors, including two in the fifth that led to three Bears runs.
Jared Woodward reached first base on a one-out error to get things going in the bottom of the fifth, and Chris Nobach singled to put Woodward into scoring position. Meyers followed with a run-scoring single, but Nobach was thrown out at third.
Zeke Williams would reach on an error, and both he and Meyers would score on a double from Cory Hedeen.
“We took advantage of a couple timely errors on their part, and a couple timely hits on our part,” Meyers said.
Cannon Falls also scored in the fourth – when Taylor Pagel’s RBI single scored Brandon Voth – and in the sixth, when Pagel blasted a solo home run to left-center field.
Meyers picked up the victory, throwing all nine shutout innings while allowing five hits and two walks to go with 10 strikeouts and a pickoff that killed a Hampton rally in the second inning when Patrick Strey led off with a double.
“I kind of nickel and dimed and worked through it,” Meyers said. “Like I told the guys, I don’t care how I get 27 outs, I just want 27 outs.”