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Amateur Baseball: Aces ground Angels in opener

Red Wing pitcher Aaron Johnson goes into the middle of his windup during the Aces' season-opener against the Minneapolis Angels Friday at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Photo by Joe Brown

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The Red Wing Aces made the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Class B State Tournament last year with great pitching and timely hitting.

Friday's season-opener against the Minneapolis Angels continued that trend as the Aces won 6-0 at the Red Wing Athletic Field.

Aaron Johnson threw seven strong innings for Red Wing, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine to pick up the victory and Steve Boldt tallied a two-RBI triple in the third inning. Boldt finished 1-for-4 with three RBI and Zach Laffey had the Aces' only other RBI as he finished 2-for-4 with a double.

Red Wing went down in order the first two innings but got the offense going in the third inning with one out as Mike Stegora was hit by a pitch, stole second and came around to score on an error by the second baseman. After a strikeout, Adam Thygesen and Kyle Blahnik singled before Boldt's triple.

The Aces scored their final three runs in the seventh inning thanks to three walks, three singles, a sacrifice fly out and a wild pitch.

Brett Gadient pitched the final two innings for Red Wing, surrendering one hit and striking out five. The Aces did not commit an error in the victory.

Chad Naegeli started for the Angels and threw six innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits while striking out nine. Jay Asmus pitched the final two innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. No player had more than one hit for Minneapolis.

Red Wing hosts Cannon Falls Sunday at the Red Wing Athletic Field.