Chris Harrell is a sports reporter for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he interned at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Daily Caller in Washington, D.C. For updates on local sports, follow Chris on Twitter at @RECHarrell.
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MAPLE LAKE, Minn. – Cannon Falls’ manager and starting pitcher Keith Meyers got the best of Avon’s Taylor Holthaus for most of Saturday’s Class C state amateur baseball tournament game at Irish Stadium. Meyers struck out Holthaus in his first three at-bats but Holthaus locked in on a first-pitch fastball in the top of the 11th inning, clobbering a solo home run that gave Avon a 1-0 extra-innings victory over Cannon Falls. “I was getting him inside all day,” Meyers said. “I was up and in, up and in, and he was swinging and missing, not even close.
Nate Foot’s interest in athletic training started during one of the toughest times of his life. After tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while playing summer soccer for Red Wing before his senior year of high school, Foot stared down the long recovery from surgery. But with the help of Paul Irwin, who worked at Fairview Red Wing Medical Center at the time, Foot was back playing hockey in the winter, five months after his injury. “I had an ACL reconstruction, that’s what initially got me into the sports medicine field,” Foot said.
Boyz II Men were a big part of my childhood. I can’t quite decide if that’s a good thing or not, but it’s the truth. And as I bid adieu to the Republican Eagle, two songs by the R&B quartet come to mind: “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” and “End of the Road.” I kid, of course, but I am saddened to say goodbye to a place I’ve called home for the first two years while transitioning from college to “adult” life. The people of Red Wing, Lake City, Ellsworth, Miesville, Cannon Falls, Zumbrota, Mazeppa and Goodhue made me feel welcomed from the first day.
HASTINGS, Minn. – Red Wing did not trail until the seventh inning against Hastings Tuesday in the second game of a three-game series against the Hawks in the Section 1B tournament. But facing a team they beat three times heading into Tuesday, the Aces’ defense fell apart as Hastings put up six runs in the sixth and seventh innings to grab a 9-8 victory at Veterans Park. “We didn’t play well enough to win,” Red Wing co-manager/starting pitcher Andy Gibart said. “The score was definitely not as close.
Red Wing co-manager/player Andy Gibart is hanging up the cleats after 14 years, and he got his years’ worth Friday against Bay City at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Playing all nine positions during Friday’s 7-2 win against the Bombers, Gibart soaked in his final regular-season game for the Aces. “Being that it’s my last regular-season game here for the Aces, I thought it would be a fun thing to do,” Gibart said of playing every spot.
Red Wing native Marcus Warrington exceeded his own expectations at one of the biggest mountain bike races in the Midwest at the Subaru Cup July 14 in Mt. Morris, Wisc. “I felt great,” he said. “I continued to get better throughout the race.
DUNDAS, Minn. – Not often does a team give up 22 hits and survive. But on Thursday during the Sub-State 6 Legion baseball tournament, Red Wing recovered from a 9-2 deficit to tally a come-from-behind walk-off 11-10 victory against East Ridge at Memorial Park. “That’s the easy spot right there where we could have folded,” Red Wing head coach Justin Plein. “But they battled back, they didn’t want to be done.
CANNON FALLS – The sixth inning unraveled for Cannon Falls Wednesday in a non-league game against Prescott at John Burch Park. An error with two outs allowed the Pirates to score five unearned runs off of Billy Coakley and coast to an 8-1 victory. “It was a couple early errors,” Bears’ player/manager Keith Meyers. “Prescott’s a good squad.
The weather was hot Tuesday night as the offenses went cold. Aaron Johnson and Andy Gibart combined to throw a shutout for Red Wing against Eau Claire and the Aces’ seven hits were enough to pick up the 2-0 victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field. “We really didn’t throw much off-speed,” Red Wing co-manager/catcher Jimmy Bohmbach said. “(The Cavaliers) weren’t able to square up any balls and hit them well because we were hitting the corners so well.” Johnson threw six innings, allowing two hits and striking out three to move to 6-1 this season.
Pitching is Red Wing’s forte and it showed again on Sunday against Northfield. The Aces’ pitching staff did not walk a batter, though starter Jordan Warren did hit a batter, and the Knights never scored more than one run in an inning as Red Wing won 4-3 at the Red Wing Athletic Field. It was the Aces’ fourth consecutive victory. “Pick whatever pitcher you want to put in there and the job gets done,” Aces’ co-manager/pitcher Andy Gibart said.