Baseball: Cannon Falls, Pine Island split
Playing a Hiawatha Valley League doubleheader on Saturday, Cannon Falls and Pine Island came away with a split. The Bombers won Game 1, 5-4, then the Panthers prevented a Cannon Falls comeback on the way to a 6-5 Game 2 victory.
In the opener, Peter Haggerty led the Bombers offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning that put Cannon Falls up for good.
On the mound, Quinton Lindow got the win after striking out one and holding Pine Island to one hit in two innings of relief. Taylor Carlson got his first start of the season, striking out three while giving up three walks and five hits in five innings of work. The Panthers’ Jordan Pin was charged with the loss after giving up six hits and five runs in seven innings.
In the night cap, Bryce Boyle-Hoban hit for three doubles, while Cannon Falls teammate Jonathan Sharot also had three hits and a run scored. Tied at 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Pine Island scored four runs to take the lead for good and had the bases loaded with no outs. But a ground ball hit down the third-base line was turned into a triple play that got the Bombers out of the inning.
“I think I saw the first triple play in my 20 years at Cannon Falls,” said Bombers’ head coach Bucky Lindow.
Cannon Falls scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it a one-run game, but the Panthers managed to finish the game and split the series.
“I was proud of our guys for the way they battled and gave every ounce of effort they had,” Bucky Lindow said. “By the end of the second game, we had played 23 innings in 22 hours (with nine innings on Friday and 14 on Saturday).”
The Bombers (7-3, 4-1 HVL Blue) are slated to play Triton on Tuesday in Cannon Falls.