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Legion Baseball: East Ridge overpowers Post 54

Red Wing second baseman Peter Davig readies a throw to first base for an out during the first inning of Wednesday's Legion baseball game against East Ridge at the Red Wing Athletic Field. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)1 / 2
Red Wing starting pitcher Sam Palmatier unloads the ball towards home during the third inning of Wednesday's game against East Ridge. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)2 / 2

Red Wing needed something positive to end on.

Down 6-1 to East Ridge in the seventh inning, Post 54 put together its first multi-hit inning of the game on Wednesday. With a double from Cam Voigt, Ryan Jonas raced around the bases and went for home, just hoping for any spark for a team that has struggled with consistency on offense.

“Normally, in that situation we’ll go station-to-station, but we needed a run,” said Red Wing head coach Justin Plein. “We tried to be aggressive.”

Ultimately, Jonas was thrown out at home, sealing the 6-1 victory for East Ridge Wednesday at the Red Wing Athletic Field.

Everything in East Ridge’s lineup could be summed up in one word: power.

Starting on the mound, Cal Kellner went all seven innings for East Ridge, limiting Red Wing to five hits while striking out six with zero walks.

“Their pitcher threw really well for them,” Plein said. “All season long, we’ve struggled offensively. We have to put the bat on the ball better.”

Kellner also put an exclamation point for East Ridge’s offense with a solo home run to left-center in the fourth inning. East Ridge finished the game with eight hits, led by 2-for-3, two-run, one RBI effort by leadoff batter Nic Johnson.

Jakob Meyer led the bottom of the fourth off for Post 54 with a single. Then two batters later, Meyer reached home for the team’s lone run on a groundout by Dixon Irwin.

Meyer, along with Peter Davig, Jonas and Voigt, accounted for all of Red Wing’s hits.

On the mound, Sam Palmatier was pegged with the loss after allowing three runs on five hits and a pair of walks in four innings before coming out of the game with a thigh injury.

Weather pending, Red Wing returns to the Ath on Thursday for a Wisconsin-Minnesota matchup with Prescott.


Red Wing 4, Hastings 2

Thanks to a dominant pitching performance by Cody Leitner, Red Wing got into the win column on Tuesday with a 4-2 eight-inning victory at Hastings.

Leitner got the complete-game victory, tallying 14 strikeouts while allowing four hits, two walks and two runs (one earned).

At the plate, Jakob Meyer went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Dixon Irwin was 2-for-2 with a run scored in the Post 54 victory. Ryan Jonas and Brogan Earney each had a hit in the game.