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Baseball: Leitner no-hits South St. Paul

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Cody Leitner threw six perfect innings Saturday, and finished with a no-hitter against South St. Paul in a 5-0 Red Wing victory.

Leitner struck out four batters over seven innings of work, including two in the final frame to clinch the win. Leitner threw a total of 78 pitches, 60 of which were strikes, and had just one three-ball count in the entire game.

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“It was a crazy game to throw in, especially because we came out and won it,” Leitner said.

The Wingers weren’t much better offensively, totaling two hits in the game including singles from Jakob Meyer and Ty Buck. But nine walks led to runs, especially Tait Kelly’s two RBI that came on free passes with the bases loaded.

Leitner was aware of what he was doing as his teammates chatted with him throughout the game.

“It was the fifth or sixth, getting to the end of the game, and I just wanted to finish strong,” Leitner said. “A couple of them were telling me, and then others were making them knock on wood for saying that.”

Apparently the knocks didn’t work as an error ended the perfect-game bid in the top of the seventh. But Leitner responded with three quick outs to get the no-hitter.

“I wasn’t too upset,” Leitner said. “The perfect game would have been nice, but the no-hitter is still a great accomplishment and Ty (Buck) makes that play 99 percent of the time.”

Red Wing (5-13) was scheduled to host Ellsworth on Monday, but rain postponed the game with no makeup date announced. The Wingers’ next game is Thursday in the first round of the Section 1AAA playoffs. Seeding for the tournament will be Wednesday.

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