Amateur baseball: Aces' errors help Dukes prevail
Red Wing's defense let it down for the second game in a row as it lost Sunday at Dundas 6-2 and likely cost itself a chance at the top seed in the section tournament.
The Dukes scored four unearned runs on four Red Wing errors to improve to 10-0 in the Classic Cannon Valley League while the Aces dropped to 10-3.
"If we want to do anything this year it's going to have to be a better defensive output," Red Wing player/assistant manager Andy Gibart said.
The two teams meet again Thursday in Red Wing, but now the Aces (20-6 overall) will need a lot of help from other teams to overtake Dundas in the standings and earn the No. 1 seed.
The left side of Red Wing's infield committed three of the errors. Also, the Dukes scored a run in the first when outfielder Andy Schilling's throw home was off the mark.
"I think it was more mental than anything," said Gibart, adding, "They capitalized on the defensive mistakes. We'd boot a ball and they'd get a big hit."
Red Wing made three errors Friday in a 10-3 home loss to Minnetonka.
Aaron Johnson pitched well, according to Gibart, but he suffered the loss. He allowed all six runs on 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out three.
The Aces' next game is Tuesday at home against Wanamingo.