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Baseball: Wingers' season ends in consolation semifinals

ROSEVILLE — Even with two outs on the board, Mahtomedi’s bats were able to smack the ball around the field. And the way they played in the Class 3A consolation semifinals, the Zephyrs seemed to excel in that situation.

Scoring 10 runs on five hits and five walks in two-out situations, Mahtomedi beat Red Wing on Friday, ending the Wingers’ season with a 12-1 six-inning win at Northwestern University.

It was the second time this year Mahtomedi defeated Red Wing. The two teams played on April 21, where the Zephyrs edged the Wingers 3-2.

“We haven’t had a clunker all year long. The games we’ve lost, there’s been a bad inning there, a bad inning there,” said Red Wing head coach Paul Hartmann. “But we didn’t have a game where we just didn’t really compete and play the way we’re capable of. And unfortunately that happened today.”

Red Wing’s bats improved from Thursday’s quarterfinals loss, with six hits. But the Wingers left nine runners stranded, including a bases-loaded first inning.

At the top of the order, Zach Harding and Brodie Smith paced Red Wing’s offense with two hits apiece.

The Wingers’ lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Pinch hitter Connor Mikolichek drew an inning-opening walk, eventually reaching home on a Jordan Rodgers two-out single.

Red Wing ends the 2017 season with a 17-9 record to go with co-Big Nine Conference champion honors and the team’s third state berth. The Wingers will be a much different team next spring with the graduation of nine seniors.

“You look at our 11 seniors -- nine players and two managers -- and what they meant to our program, they set an example for a class that does it on and off the field,” Hartmann said. “Great leadership and they stuck together and combined with these juniors. It’s a special group that we’ll never forget.”

Mahtomedi 122 007 – 12  12  0

Red Wing 000 001 – 1  6  1

WP-Jack Schwietz (M) 6.0IP, 6H, 1R, 4BB, 6K

LP-Kyle Hawe (RW) 1.2 IP, 3H, 3R, 5BB, 0K

M: Evan Reyes 2-3, 2B, R-2, RBI-2; Sam Lapadat 2-4, 2B, R-2

RW: Zach Harding 2-4; Brodie Smith 2-3; Jordan Rodgers 1-3 RBI

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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