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Amateur Baseball: Meyers, Bears edge Aces

Cannon Falls’ Keith Meyers (back) sets up a pitch early in Friday’s Classic Cannon Valley League game against the Red Wing Aces at John Burch Park. Meyers finished with 13 strikeouts in the Bears’ 1-0 victory. (Republican Eagle photos by Kyle Stevens)1 / 2
Red Wing’s Zach Laffey connects with the ball during Friday’s CCVL contest. Laffey had three of the Aces’ five hits in the 1-0 loss. (Republican Eagle photos by Kyle Stevens)2 / 2

CANNON FALLS – One team is called the Aces, but each squad put one on the mound Friday night in Cannon Falls. The Bears had Keith Meyers take the hill, while Red Wing countered with Aaron Johnson.

Both lefties kept their teams in the game, but it was Meyers that got the 1-0 Classic Cannon Valley League victory.

“It was a good pitcher’s duel, it was fun,” Meyers said. “As soon as I saw Aaron was on the mound, I knew what it was going to be and we’d just have to push one across, and we did.”

The lone run came in the bottom of the eighth inning when Meyers reached on an infield single when the ball squibbed off his bat and spun away from Johnson. Luke Winchell moved Meyers to second base with a sacrifice bunt, setting up Cory Hedeen to give the Bears the lead. Hedeen rolled a ball up the middle scoring Meyers when the ball escaped both the shortstop and both outfielders, resulting in a double.

Aaron Stoneberg came in to finish off the eighth for the Aces, inducing a fly out to center field on four pitches.

Johnson finished the game with five strikeouts, two walks and one earned run allowed on five hits. Meyers fanned 13 over nine innings, with five hits allowed and zero walks.

Hedeen was the only Bear with more than one hit, adding a single in the first. Ryan Brintnall and Chris Nobach also had base hits.

Zach Laffey went 3-for-4 for Red Wing, with the Aces’ other two hits coming from Dave Jenson and Dixon Irwin. The handful of hits is about what Red Wing has had over its last few games as the Aces have struggled at the plate.

“There was good pitching tonight, but, even so, we haven’t hit well. And that continued, and with Keith, that doesn’t help,” said Red Wing manager Jimmy Bohmbach. “I think it’s just going to take some patience (in the batter’s box), and guys not getting down on themselves.”

Red Wing will visit Randolph at 2 p.m. on Sunday while Cannon Falls will host Miesville at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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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