Amateur Baseball: Savage slams Aces in Super Section opener
Opening up Class B Super Section play in Marshall, Red Wing’s state hopes hit a road block on Friday in the form of the Savage Outlaws.
Thanks to a five-run bottom of the fourth inning, including a two-run home run by Tyler Peterson, Savage cruised to an 11-1 victory in eight innings at Legion Field.
Red Wing (32-9) will try and fight off elimination at 1 p.m. today when it faces Mankato. Earlier in the day, the Mets fell into the loser’s bracket after a 1-0 loss to the Cold Spring Springers.
The Aces could not find an answer for Outlaws starting pitcher Chuck Lukanen, who struck out eight and held Red Wing to five hits and one unearned run.
Scoreless through the first two innings, Savage went up 1-0 in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI single by Cody Aasen.
Then as Lukanen mowed down 10 of the first 11 Aces’ hitters, the Outlaws broke the game wide open in the fourth.
After Brian VanderWoude got on with a double, Peterson cracked a pitch by Red Wing’s Aaron Johnson over the left-field wall to make it a 3-0 game. Johnson’s woes continued as Savage loaded the bases and John Means coaxed a bases-loaded walk to make it 4-0. Dylan Peterson scored on a single by Ryan Peterson, and another run came across on a Red Wing throwing error.
Johnson, who played collegiately at Southwest Minnesota State University, had a rough return to Marshall, allowing 10 hits and six runs (five earned) in five innings of work.
In the sixth, Ryan Peterson brought another run home, getting a ball into the outfield that scored Dylan Peterson.
Red Wing finally got on the board in the top of the seventh. Steve Boldt got a single, then reached third on a stolen base and a throwing error. Jimmy Bohmbach connected with a single that brought Boldt home to make it 7-1.
But the Outlaws sent the crowd home early with four runs in the eighth. Up 9-1, Tyler Peterson hammered a two-run double that put the 10-run rule into effect.