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Aces struggle

Aces shortstop Adam Thygesen connects for an infield single in the second inning of Friday's game against Minnetonka at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Red Wing lost 10-3. - R-E photo by Ryan Nilsson1 / 2
Aces starter Dustin LaRue delivers to the plate in the first inning. LaRue threw the first six innings. - R-E photo by Ryan Nilsson2 / 2

Starter Dustin LaRue and reliever Jordan Warren both pitched well for the Aces, but they didn't receive much support from their teammates in Friday's 10-3 home loss to Minnetonka.

Red Wing stranded eight runners on base in the first three innings. The Aces left the bases loaded in both the second and third innings.

"We just couldn't get that big hit like we have all year," Aces player/assistant manager Andy Gibart said.

With the loss, Red Wing dropped to 20-5 overall and snapped its eight-game winning streak. It was the Aces' first loss since falling 2-1 at Lake City on June 12.

Defense also was a culprit in the defeat as Red Wing was charged with three errors. Gibart also said mental mistakes were made on the base paths.

"Against a team like that we have to play lock-down solid defense and we absolutely did not tonight," he said.

LaRue pitched the first six innings and surrendered eight runs. Warren pitched the last three.

The Aces didn't have an answer for Minnetonka leadoff hitter Chris Urban. The center fielder led off the game with a home run and went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

The Aces are back in action Sunday at Dundas. The Dukes sit atop the Classic Cannon Valley League standings with a 9-0 record. Red Wing is 10-2 in league games.

"It's the biggest game of the year up to this point," Gibart said.

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