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Rochester schools end Red Wing's season

Joel Newman fires a pitch home against Rochester Century. - R-E photo by Ryan Nilsson

Red Wing was eliminated from the Section 1AAA Final Four after losing both of its games Saturday at the Athletic Field. The Wingers started the day with an 8-2 loss to Rochester Mayo and then were bounced from the losers' bracket when they fell to Rochester Century 8-6.

It didn't take long for things to unravel in the opener. The Spartans tagged Red Wing starter Zach Garner for seven runs and 10 hits. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings.

"When they got eight runs in the first three innings it kind of threw us for a loop the rest of the day," Red Wing coach Jim Bohmbach said.

Dayton Johnson, Carsten Meyer and Cole Kelly pitched well in relief, combining to allow just three hits, but the early hole was too big for the Wingers to overcome against Tyler Essig. He pitched all seven innings for the Spartans, giving up nine hits and striking out six.

The Wingers left 10 men on base.

"He was a good pitcher, but I think we were just off on our hitting today," Garner said. "On a normal day we could have hit him pretty good."

Red Wing was up 4-3 after four innings against the Panthers, but the Wingers' relief staff couldn't preserve the lead.

Pat Kelly replaced Joel Newman in the fifth and got out of the inning unscathed; however, he loaded the bases in the sixth and was pulled. Justin Cunningham, Red Wing's top starter, was summoned, but he allowed two of the three inherited runners to score and he gave up three runs of his own.

"I felt I pitched all right," Cunningham said. "I didn't think I was wild, I was hitting spots, but they just hit the ball."

Triples by Pat Kelly and David Goggin in the top of the seventh pulled the Wingers within two, but Mitchell Brown came in and struck out the final two batters to clinch the win.

To read more about the Wingers, who finished the year 18-7, pick up Wednesday's newspaper.