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Baseball: Bears hold off Hampton

Cannon Falls third baseman Jared Woodward fires to first during the Bears' 5-0 victory over Hampton on Wednesday. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

CANNON FALLS, Minn. – Wednesday provided Cannon Falls and Hampton with a perfect evening for baseball. Throw in hot dogs and beer for $1 each, and the atmosphere at John Burch Park was festive and pleasant.

The play on the field? Well, that was a bit short of ideal, though the Bears took advantage of some shoddy defense from the Cardinals to come away with a 5-0 Classic Cannon Valley League victory.

“That fifth inning was big,” Cannon Falls player-manager Keith Meyers said. “It’s the first time we’ve played Hampton during the regular season on a weeknight. In the past, we’ve always played them Memorial Day and Fourth of July, so it was a little different feel.”

The Cardinals didn’t have much of a feel of anything in the field, committing four errors, including two in the fifth that led to three Bears runs.

Jared Woodward reached first base on a one-out error to get things going in the bottom of the fifth, and Chris Nobach singled to put Woodward into scoring position. Meyers followed with a run-scoring single, but Nobach was thrown out at third.

Zeke Williams would reach on an error, and both he and Meyers would score on a double from Cory Hedeen.

“We took advantage of a couple timely errors on their part, and a couple timely hits on our part,” Meyers said.

Cannon Falls also scored in the fourth – when Taylor Pagel’s RBI single scored Brandon Voth – and in the sixth, when Pagel blasted a solo home run to left-center field.

Meyers picked up the victory, throwing all nine shutout innings while allowing five hits and two walks to go with 10 strikeouts and a pickoff that killed a Hampton rally in the second inning when Patrick Strey led off with a double.

“I kind of nickel and dimed and worked through it,” Meyers said. “Like I told the guys, I don’t care how I get 27 outs, I just want 27 outs.”

Kyle Stevens
Kyle Stevens is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, Kyle worked at the Owatonna People’s Press, as well as KWLM and KLFN in Willmar. You can contact Kyle by phone at (651) 301-7879, via e-mail at, and follow him on Twitter @RE_KStevens.
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