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Amateur Baseball: Aces continue to roll

Red Wing’s Alex Quiding connects with a pitch during Friday’s game against Blaine at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Quiding went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the Aces’ 10-1 victory. (Republican Eagle photo by Kyle Stevens)

The bats have arrived.

For the fourth straight game, the Red Wing Aces lit up the scoreboard with double-digit runs, beating the Blaine Fusion 10-1 Friday night at the Red Wing Athletic Field.

“The last four games here have been pretty fun to play in,” said Aces assistant manager Steve Boldt. “The pitching has been good, the defense has been good, and the hitting is starting to come around when it needs to. It’s fun. It’s fun to come to the ball park.”

On Friday, the fun started in the bottom of the second inning when Zach Laffey reached base on an infield single and was pushed to third on Alex Quiding’s double two batters later. Laffey then scored on Tyler Goering’s single, and Quiding and Goering scored when Mike Hommes singled at the bottom of the order. Adam Thygesen drove home Hommes to give the Aces an early 5-0 lead.

“It was a good all-around effort, one through nine,” Boldt said. “(Blaine pitcher Davis Bryan) was effectively wild for a little bit. He had a good curveball that we made him throw for strikes and we hit the fastball when we needed to and laid off some good curveballs (in the dirt).”

The Aces pounced on Bryan again in the third with two more hits and another two-RBI single from Hommes. Boldt added a run-scoring single in the sixth while three other runs scored during the same inning on errors and wild pitches.

The Aces managed just eight hits, but punished Bryan and three other Fusion hurlers that issued a total of six walks and two hit batters.

“We put together good at-bats, and (they) got wild there in the middle innings and we took advantage of it and put the bats on the ball when we needed to, “Boldt said.

JT Cunningham got the win for Red Wing, going seven innings and allowing just four hits and one earned run. Cunningham struck out six batters and walked just two. Joel Newman gave up two hits in the eighth, while Aaron Johnson walked one batter in the ninth.

The Aces, who have scored 50 runs in their past four games, including a 12-0 victory over River Falls on Wednesday, will head to Dundas for a 2 p.m. game 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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