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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James Georgakas built an impressive resume in a three-year varsity career for the Ellsworth baseball team.
The Tauers came back to town Friday night in a new uniform but weather cut the game short as Red Wing defeated the Burnsville Bulldogs, a 35-and-older team, 11-2 in five innings at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Jay Tauer and Corey Tauer each started for the Bulldogs. Andy Gibart picked up the victory on the mound for the Aces (13-4), throwing five innings and allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks. He struck out one. Red Wing racked up 12 hits in the win.
Red Wing Post 54 was lethargic in the opening innings Thursday for the second night in a row. One night after a slow start in a doubleheader sweep of Faribault, the ending result was nearly the same as Post 54 exploded for nine hits and nine runs in the sixth inning of a 12-4 victory over Hastings at the Red Wing Athletic Field. “I don’t know if it’s because we played two yesterday but we were kind of going through the motions in the first couple innings,” Red Wing head coach Justin Plein said. “They feed off each other.
Mike Stegora showed up to the game Tuesday unsure which team the Red Wing Aces were facing at the Red Wing Athletic Field. The scorecard wasn't any help as manager-in-residence Steve Boldt had written, "Who cares who we play." The Aces were playing Wisconsin Baseball Association state champions, the Menomonie Eagles, but the words held true as the Eagles committed six errors and Stegora did not make an out in an 8-0 Red Wing win. "We put the ball in play quite a bit," Boldt said. "We made them work.
Baseball is a family game. It's passed down from parents to children, fathers to sons. The Gibart family is no different. Red Wing Aces' co-manager Andy Gibart, 32, learned from his father Steve and immediately took to the game. Now, Andy's son Brodie has leapt into baseball with little regard for anything else. "Obviously as a baseball diehard myself, I was hoping, without pushing, that he would love baseball," Andy said. "It was more of me being around the game and hoping that he picked it up.
Aaron Johnson's pitch count kept rising and his effectiveness improved with it. The Red Wing ace struggled to command his pitches early and threw 130 pitches in seven innings during Saturday's 5-3 victory against the Coon Rapids Redbirds. "My pitch count was up for the second game in a row but this is a stepping stone that I figured it out a little bit," Johnson said. "My arm felt great." The tide of the game turned as Johnson got out of a bases loaded, no outs jam in the fifth inning. "It helped me focus on mechanics and trust my stuff," Johnson said. "I was rushing a little bit.
Cannon Falls' Matt Moskal wasn't satisfied with the way he played during the first round of the Class 2A boys state golf tournament and came back to card a 38 Wednesday at The Ridges at Sand Creek. The final round of the state tournament was shortened to nine holes and delayed five hours due to inclement weather. Moskal was scheduled to tee off at 7:30 a.m. but finally teed off on Hole No. 1 around 12:50 p.m. Moskal's 27-hole total of 124 tied him for 65th place. "The goal today was just to shoot better," Moskal, a ninth-grader, said.
JORDAN, Minn. - Lake City shook off the jitters from Tuesday and held onto fourth place at the Class 2A girls state golf tournament Tuesday at The Ridges at Sand Creek. "We had a great back nine today," Tigers' head coach Steve Randgaard said. "The kids like the back nine.
Ryan Boldt's phone did not even ring when he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox Saturday as the 653rd overall pick in the 22nd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Red Wing senior was making the rounds at more than a dozen graduation open houses and his phone wasn't picking up a signal, but he received a text saying, "Congratulations." A half hour later, a voicemail popped up. "I had about 12-15 grad parties I had to get to that day so I was just running around all over town.
Isaac Toivonen will be Red Wing's first state entrant since 2007 when he steps on the court Thursday morning at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. His road to the Class 2A boys state tennis tournament was mostly smooth, save for a 6-4, 7-6 (2) loss in the Section 1AA finale, but Toivonen knows his first-round opponent Thursday, Eagan's Zach Ekstein, will be his toughest test to date. "He's a really consistent player," Toivonen said. "When he played (Red Wing's) George Gabrielson a few years ago, I don't think he missed. ...