Baseball: Wingers fall to Chaska, Shakopee
The southwest metro was unkind to Red Wing on Thursday, as the Red Wing baseball team lost a pair of Missota Conference road games to Chaska and Shakopee. The Hawks scored four runs in the second inning on the way to an 8-2 victory, and the Sabers’ shut down the Wingers 3-0 in Game 2 thanks to a one-hit pitching performance by Sam Scott.
In the opener, Chaska sat back and took pitches from Red Wing on the way to a four-run second inning. Brandon Thies and Daniel Peters drew back-to-back bases-loaded walks, and the next batter, Taylor Murphy, was hit by a pitch to bring in another run. Justin Arnold also drew a bases-loaded walk.
Red Wing got on the board in the top of the third with an RBI single by Ty Buck that scored pinch runner Austin Strand. Chaska answered back in the bottom half with an RBI single by Thies, followed by a three-run fifth inning.
Down 8-1 in the seventh, Buck, who finished 3-for-4, connected with a one-run single that brought Tait Kelly home. Ryan Jonas also went 3-for-4, and Kelly was 2-for-4. All of Red Wing’s 11 hits were singles. Buck was charged with the loss after allowing three runs on two walks and a hit in 1 1/3 innings.
Over in Shakopee for Game 2, the host Sabers jumped ahead early as Sheldon Miks hit an RBI single and Luke Bruss had a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Then with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Scott came home on a balk.
Red Wing’s lone hit against Shakopee would come on a two-out single by Tait Kelly in the second inning. Scott out-dueled the Wingers’ Sam Palmatier by striking out four and limiting Red Wing to three walks for a complete-game victory. Palmatier gave up three runs (two earned), six hits and two walks with no strikeouts in six innings.
Ending the Missota portion of the schedule at 3-11, the Wingers (4-13) end the regular season with a pair of home games with South St. Paul on Saturday and Ellsworth on Monday.