Baseball: Wingers snap eight-game skid, beat New Prague
After enduring eight straight losses, Red Wing is finally back in the win column.
Sparked by a four-hit, six-RBI, two-run performance by Ty Buck, a complete-game outing from pitcher Cody Leitner and an error-free game from the defense, the Wingers beat Missota Conference-leading New Prague 10-0 in six innings, winning their first game since April 25.
“It feels pretty good to finally win,” said Red Wing head coach Paul Hartmann. “Our kids deserved this one.”
Right away, the tone was set by the Wingers’ defense, which pulled an inning-ending double play in the first inning, keeping a Trojans base runner on third.
“The most important stat of the day was that we had three double plays,” Hartmann said. “We were able to kill some rallies they could have had.”
On the mound, Leitner finally got his first victory of the season after striking out four and allowing nine hits and one walk in six innings.
“We did a lot of good things today, and that started with Cody,” Hartmann said. “He competed and gave us a chance, and our defense was outstanding behind him. … I think a lot of our guys were happy for Cody, and the key now is hopefully we can build on this.”
After two scoreless innings, it was Buck’s bat that finally got the Wingers rolling. With Gunnar Tubbs and Jakob Meyer in scoring position, Buck cracked a two-run double. Thate Peterson brought in Dixon Irwin on a sacrifice fly, and Cam Voigt drove in Buck with an RBI single. Voigt would score on a fielding error that made it a 5-0 game after three.
Red Wing added another run in the fourth with an RBI single by Buck that brought in Zach Collins.
Then with two runners on and one out in the sixth, Buck cracked a three-run homer to left field that scored Meyer and Irwin for his fourth hit of the game. Later in the frame, Peterson scored on a single by Ryan Jonas to make it a 10-run game.
“It was a towering shot,” Hartmann said of Buck’s home run. “Ty’s capable of carrying a team offensively. And the important thing was we got guys on for him. Dixon got on three times, Jakob scored a bunch of different times. Ty’s been working hard to right the ship.”
While Red Wing had its struggles, New Prague was cruising prior to Tuesday’s game, winning 13 straight after losing the season opener to Shakopee.
“New Prague’s a team that’s competing for a conference title and will be in the running for a section title,” Hartmann said. “We saw a lot of good things today … and our guys came to the park with a great effort and they were rewarded.”
On Wednesday, Red Wing (3-11, 3-10 Missota) will play just its second non-conference game of the season at Winona.