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Red Wing's Tait Kelly (left) high-fives teammate Andrew Lancman after Kelly scored in the third inning of Thursday's Legion baseball game against Hastings at the Red Wing Athletic Field. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Legion Baseball: Post 54 wins first at home

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The confines of the Red Wing Athletic Field have been less-than-friendly for Post 54 this summer. Prior to Thursday, Red Wing was winless at the Ath with six of the team’s last seven games taking place at home.

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On Thursday, Post 54 was finally able to secure a home win, shutting out Hastings 7-0 and ending a seven-game losing streak.

“It almost feels like we haven’t played here before since it has been so long (since we won),” said Red Wing right fielder Thate Peterson. “We actually came together and strung some hits together and got a nice quality win.”

For a team that has struggled to piece together runs, a four-run third inning provided the spark Post 54 needed. With one out, Dixon Irwin drew a bases-loaded walk, followed by a two-run double by Peterson that scored Jakob Meyer and Tait Kelly. Cam Voigt completed the big inning with a sacrifice fly that scored Irwin.

“It was on the inner half and I was seeing the ball well today,” said Peterson, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI. “I’m just doing my job as the No. 4 hitter.”

In the fourth, Post 54 increased the lead to 6-0 with a two-run single that brought home Andrew Lancman and Cody Leitner. Then in the sixth, Meyer brought in Red Wing’s final run after a Hastings error.

With Post 54 scoring in bulk, starting pitcher Jacob Duden just had to do his job on the mound.

“As soon as they scored, I gained a lot of confidence and I knew I could just go out there and throw strikes,” Duden said.

Duden had a complete-game gem, striking out four while holding Hastings to three hits – all singles – and zero walks. No Hastings runner advanced past second base.

“I’m real happy (with the win),” Duden said. “My teammates made plays for me out there.”

Picking up its first win since June 29, Red Wing has two home doubleheaders in three days, with St. Paul Park on Saturday and South St. Paul on Monday. Both doubleheaders are slated for a 6 p.m. start time.

Wednesday

River Falls 1, Red Wing 0

James Witt’s two-out RBI hit in the second inning provided the only run of the game as River Falls held off Red Wing for a 1-0 Legion baseball victory on Wednesday.

Red Wing’s Cody Leitner went six innings in the loss, holding River Falls to six hits and zero walks while striking out two. Jakob Meyer had two of Post 54’s three hits, with Thate Peterson providing the team’s other hit. 

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Joe Brown
Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.
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