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Red Wing second baseman Ryan Jonas tries to sprint to first base after a hit during Friday’s legion baseball game against Eastview at the Red Wing Athletic Field.

Legion Baseball: Post 54 struggles with 1-3 week

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Red Wing legion baseball’s rough week ended on a sour note on Friday as Post 54 was roughed up by Eastview in a 13-2 five-inning loss at the Red Wing Athletic Field.

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Up 4-1 going into the top of the fifth inning, Eastview laid down three straight bunts on the soaking-wet grass at the Ath. Putting Red Wing’s defense in flux, Eastview blew the game wide open with nine runs in the frame.

“Eastview was always hustling and putting pressure on our guys,” said Red Wing head coach Justin Plein. “We had a few throws that got away from us.”

Throughout Friday’s game, Eastview was able to capitalize on four Post 54 errors to go with its 11 hits.

Cam Hall led Eastview’s offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Red Wing finished with just three hits, with Trey Eckstrom and Ricky Turcotte each going 1-for-2 with a run scored. Dixon Irwin went 1-for-2, and Michael Bigelbach tallied an RBI in the loss.

Falling to 6-4 overall, Post 54 heads to Hastings on Monday.

Thursday

Post 54 swept by Chaska

Traveling to Chaska on Thursday, offense was too hard to find for Red Wing as they were swept in a doubleheader. Chaska won 10-0 in five innings in Game 1 before taking the night cap 7-1.

In Game 1, Post 54 mustered just three hits by Ryan Jonas and Michael Bigelbach, and Preston Blaney added a double.

Red Wing tacked on a run in the first inning of Game 2 when a sacrifice fly by Thate Peterson brought Eckstrom home. But Post 54’s offense was stifled for the rest of the game with just four hits.

Wednesday

Red Wing 5, New Prague 4

Post 54 hit a high note on Wednesday with a 5-4 road victory over New Prague.

New Prague did itself no favors in the first inning, allowing Red Wing’s Zach Lang to score on a wild pitch, and Blaney reached home on a bases-loaded walk.

Eckstrom and Bigelbach each reached home in the fifth, and Gunner Tubbs brought home another run in the sixth on a bases-loaded walk by Blaney.

New Prague made it a one-run game after the top of the sixth and hoped to complete the rally in the seventh. But Red Wing relief pitcher Tristan Van Stone put New Prague down in order to secure the save.

On offense, Post 54 had seven hits scattered between seven batters. Lang was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, and Bigelbach was 1-for-3 with a double.

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