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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The decision-making process extended into the middle of the summer but is coming to a close for Red Wing’s Ryan Boldt as he heads to the University of Nebraska, Lincoln on Saturday. Boldt was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox and, in late June, he was whisked to Fenway Park and given a full tour. While in Boston, Boldt took in a Friday night Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays, getting a feel for the atmosphere in Fenway. “I just kind of got to know their front office people,” Boldt, 18, said.
LAKE CITY – Loss after loss piled up for Lake City to start the season. The Serpents dropped their first nine games of the summer, struggling through poor pitching and shoddy defense. But on Thursday, Lake City took advantage of Hastings’ miscues and got 6 2/3 solid innings from Brett Gwaltney to win its fourth consecutive game, a 3-2 Classic Cannon Valley League victory at Bill Kieffer Field. “We’re making the routine plays and getting outs, not leaving extra guys on,” Serpents’ manager Scott Gwaltney said.
Dundas’ leadoff hitter, Carson Jones, made Red Wing pitcher Aaron Johnson work to start Wednesday’s game at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Johnson got two quick strikes on Jones, who proceeded to foul off five pitches in the at-bat, but as he did the entire night, Johnson won the battle. On the ninth pitch, he struck out Jones in the longest at-bat of the night and threw a shutout in the Aces’ 4-0 victory. “After about that third inning is where I felt like everything was there,” Johnson said. “I was mixing pitches well and just attacked the hitters.
Red Wing is in a slump but an opportunity to turn things around arose Monday night in a doubleheader against Chanhassen at the Red Wing Athletic Field. After losing Game 1 badly, Post 54 clawed its way back from a 6-1 deficit in Game 2. The bases were loaded with two outs but a groundout ended the comeback attempt as Red Wing was swept with a 9-8 loss in the nightcap. Post 54 head coach Justin Plein said he still hopes this is a step in the right direction. “We’ve been scuffling here the last two weeks,” he said.
The Red Wing Post 54 Legion baseball team fell 5-0 to Lakeville North Tuesday in Lakeville. Post 54 was held to three hits in the loss. Gunnar Tubbs went 1-for-2, Ricky Turcotte was 1-for-3 and Michael Bigelbach finished 1-for-3 for Red Wing (7-5). Lakeville scored a run in the first inning, one in the second inning, two in the third inning and one in the fifth inning. “They’re a good team,” Post 54 head coach Justin Plein said. “They were a state team in the high school season.” Red Wing played without Preston Blaney, Josh Gadient and Zach Lang.
Red Wing’s only hits came in the third inning Tuesday night against Prescott at the Red Wing Athletic Field. That is normally an issue but the Aces tallied six runs on eight hits in that inning and grabbed a 7-5 victory, their 11th straight win. “We have been relying on big innings,” Red Wing co-manager Andy Gibart said.
HASTINGS – Trey Eckstrom took a hard come-backer off his right shin during the fourth inning of his start for Red Wing Monday against Hastings at Veteran’s Athletic Complex. He limped and hopped toward first base as a run scored and the batter reached first base. The next hitter would knock in a second run but Eckstrom refocused and locked in as Post 54 defeated Hastings 7-2. “He’s tough out on the mound,” Red Wing manager Justin Plein said. “He got hit early on there but battled through. I went out and talked to him, asked him if he’s all right. Right away, ‘I’m fine, why are you here?
LAKE CITY – Red Wing’s Jordan Warren poured in strikes from start to finish Friday night as the Aces sank Lake City 8-3 at Bill Kieffer Field. Warren threw first-pitch strikes to more than 80 percent of the Serpents’ hitters in the complete-game victory. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk, striking out four. “Honestly, nothing but my fastball was working,” Warren said. “That was about the only pitch I could throw for strikes consistently but I felt like I was able to paint the corners a little bit.
Red Wing clutched to a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday on the road against Elko. The Express clobbered a double into right field and sent the tying run home on the play but the Aces’ made the relay to cut down the runner for the second out and got a strikeout to preserve a 6-5 victory. Aaron Johnson allowed two runs on six hits and six walks in seven innings to pick up the victory for Red Wing. He struck out four. Jimmy Bohmbach paced the Aces on offense, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI.
MIESVILLE – All was quiet for six innings Tuesday night between Miesville and the Minneapolis Angels at Jack Ruhr Field. The two teams combined for six hits and two runs in the opening six frames before the game erupted with 10 runs scored in the seventh inning. After the Angels scored five runs on three hits and three errors by the Mudhens, Miesville responded with five of its own and held on for a 7-5 victory. “We have to work on putting together an entire game,” Mudhens manager Matt Van Der Bosch said. “It feels like every game we have that inning when it blows up.