Season comes to an end for the Aces
It was a long weekend of highs and lows for the Red Wing Aces, which was capped by a season-ending loss to Hastings Saturday night.
After winning a 15-inning marathon contest over Dundas Friday night, the Aces had to turn right around and face Hastings in the Section 1B elimination game. Hastings defeated Red Wing 6-1.
Hastings will advance to the Super Sectionals along with Miesville, while the Aces wrap up their season with a 27-10 record.
Against the Hawks the game was scoreless through four innings. In the top of the fifth, Hastings took advantage of a Red Wing error and scored three runs.
"I think we were in the game for the first four innings," Red Wing assistant manager Andy Gibart said. "When we had that error and they went on to score it deflated us. I think we truly just ran out of gas."
The Aces rallied to score one run in the bottom of the seventh when Kyle Blahnik led off with a walk, advanced on an error and a sac bunt and was knocked in by a ground ball from Andy Schilling. The Aces had a chance to score again in the eighth inning, but a close play at the plate went in Hastings' favor and halted a big Red Wing rally.
"That was kind of the dagger," Gibart said.
Hastings scored three more runs in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win.
Josh Thygesen was tagged with the loss for Red Wing. He pitched seven innings, struck out three and walked three. He was relieved by Jorden Warren in the eighth and Aaron Johnson in the middle of the ninth.
Steve Boldt and Adam Thygesen led Red Wing offensively. Boldt was 2-for-4, while Thygesen was 2-for-3 with a double.
Despite the loss, Gibart said the team remained fairly upbeat.
"We felt like we took a step in the right direction," Gibart said. "We won a big game against a big opponent (Dundas) at their own park.
"Overall the feelings have been positive after losing the pieces we did from last year. This is the first year for Jimmy (Bohmbach) and I as managers and we feel like we have a new core group of players to move forward with."
Brian Auge, Perry Bauer, Connie Eckstrom and Marv Nibbe were recently announced as this year's inductees into the Red Wing Baseball of Fame. The banquet will be Sept. 24.