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Amateur Baseball: Miscues add up for Cannon Falls in loss

Cannon Falls' starting pitcher Josh Harrison delivers a pitch during the second inning of Wednesday's game against Prescott at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls. Harrison gave up one run in four innings. (Republican Eagle photo by Chris Harrell)1 / 3
Cannon Falls' catcher Ryan Brintnall receives a throw and tags out the Prescott runner sliding into home. The Bears lost 8-1. (Republican Eagle photo by Chris Harrell)2 / 3
Cannon Falls' Billy Coakley releases a pitch against Prescott Wednesday in Cannon Falls. (Republican Eagle photo by Chris Harrell)3 / 3

CANNON FALLS – The sixth inning unraveled for Cannon Falls Wednesday in a non-league game against Prescott at John Burch Park.

An error with two outs allowed the Pirates to score five unearned runs off of Billy Coakley and coast to an 8-1 victory.

“It was a couple early errors,” Bears’ player/manager Keith Meyers. “Prescott’s a good squad. They hit the snot out of the ball and they always have.”

Cannon Falls (11-8) made four errors in the loss, giving Prescott six unearned runs.

Josh Harrison picked up the loss, despite giving up just one unearned run on five hits and one walk while striking out five.

“He hasn’t pitched much either,” Meyers said. “He probably threw an inning coming into this game, all year. … He threw a lot of curveballs, especially in fastball counts. He wasn’t afraid to throw a 2-0 or a 2-1 curveball. He threw well and it was good to see it.”

Chris Nobach was 2-for-3 with a run scored, Cory Hedeen was 2-for-3 and Jared Woodward went 1-for-2 with an RBI for Cannon Falls. The Bears left 13 runners on base.

“We didn’t have our consistent lineup out there, we were missing a few guys,” Meyers said. “This is our first non-league game in a month. It was kind of my goal to get everyone two to three at-bats tonight. … When you get runners on and we don’t have, beyond our six-hitter, I don’t know that we had anyone regular in for the first few innings. We kind of hit a few speed bumps.”

Nick Johnson finished 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Jake Kuschke went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The Pirates had 12 hits in the win.

The defensive miscues started in the first at-bat, as Billy Brookshaw reached base to start the game on an error by Zeke Williams and a double by Johnson gave Prescott a 1-0 lead.

“Zeke worked until seven so he probably wasn’t ready,” Meyers said. “He’s our shortstop. He had a couple of them tonight that he normally makes.”

Then, in the sixth inning, an error with two outs opened the door for the Pirates to score five unearned runs. Jake Hintz, Brookshaw and Derrick Munsen tallied three straight singles after the error and Jared Powell added another to score all five runs.

The Pirates added one run in the seventh and eighth innings to grab an 8-0 lead.

Cannon Falls’ lone run came in the ninth inning as Nobach laced a one-out single, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Woodward.

The Bears play three more games in four days to close out the regular season. They host Lake City Thursday and Veseli Friday before traveling to face Northfield on Sunday. 

Chris Harrell
Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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