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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It wasn't how Ryan Boldt imagined Senior Day. There's no way around it. But on Tuesday, Red Wing's baseball team honored the injured senior standout the best way it could considering the circumstances. Recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Boldt entered as a pinch runner with two outs in the fourth inning during Tuesday's game against Ellsworth at the Red Wing Athletic Field. Boldt, escorted by crutches, made his way out in full uniform and received a loud applause from the players and fans before being removed from the game.
Ellsworth was perfectly content spoiling Red Wing's final home game Tuesday night at the Red Wing Athletic Field. The seventh-ranked (Division 2) Panthers came out swinging and racked up 14 hits in a 9-3 victory, putting the 20th-ranked (Class 3A) Wingers on their heels from the first inning. "We caught too much plate early in the game," Red Wing co-head coach Paul Hartmann said. "We've got to execute better.
ZUMBROTA - Zumbrota-Mazeppa head coach Kevin Nelson said he could tell Amber Jentsch was finally feeling comfortable at the plate after she ripped two line drives in the Cougars' final regular season game. "She hasn't had the statistics this season like she's had in past years but she's still hitting the ball well," Nelson said.
When Luke Bryant and Nick Powers won their match at No. 1 doubles during Thursday's Section 1AA quarterfinal, Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh exhaled. The second-seeded Wingers were facing a doubles heavy Owatonna team and Kavanagh was worried when he saw Bryant and Powers down 3-0 early in the first set. His fears quickly dissipated as Red Wing's top doubles pairing recovered for a 6-4, 6-4 victory against the third-seeded Huskies' Sean Grubish and Evan Mrozek. "I think the day kind of hinged on that match," Kavanagh said. "That was a huge comeback.
Red Wing reverted to last year's defensive struggles Thursday in the final Missota Conference matchup against Chaska in Red Wing. The Wingers struggled to make routine plays for the first eight innings of the doubleheader before finding momentum in the final two innings. "No excuses, but having all those games in a row is starting to take its toll," Red Wing head coach Jon Bohmbach said. The Hawks used eight unearned runs in Game 1 to grab a 14-0 five-inning victory and five unearned runs in a 10-6 Game 2 win to complete the sweep. An already depleted Red Wing (2-15, 0-14 Missota) squa
Red Wing escaped big numbers Tuesday at the Red Wing Invitational and finished second behind Detroit Lakes at the Red Wing Golf Club. Detroit Lakes shot a 311, with all its scoring golfers shooting less than an 80. The Wingers finished with 333 and New Prague was third at 338. "We played really well but obviously I don't think anyone can touch them," Red Wing head coach Mark Herzog said of Detroit Lakes. "It's a tough course. We didn't make a lot of big numbers.
Red Wing faced little resistance against Faribault in the first round of the Section 1AA tournament at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing. The second-seeded Wingers didn't drop a game at the top three singles spots or the No. 1 doubles position in a 7-0 victory. Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh told his players before the match that there is no better way to respect an opponent than to defeat them 6-0, 6-0; don't let up on an opponent. "I told the guys to play the match as if you're playing Rochester Mayo," Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh said.
Red Wing wasn't supposed to win Monday at home against Pepin/Alma. The Wingers have just two wins this season, and the Eagles (18-1) are a perennial small-school powerhouse in Wisconsin. But Red Wing made Pepin/Alma sweat out the final innings as the Wingers fell just short of the upset in a 5-3 defeat. "I always say finish strong," said Red Wing head coach Jon Bohmbach, "and they definitely did that." The Eagles led 5-1 into the seventh inning before the Wingers charged back with two runs and had the bases loaded with only one out.
Red Wing won its seventh consecutive match Monday with a 6-1 victory against Northfield at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing. The Wingers faced little resistance by the Raiders, winning the first three matches handily. Isaac Toivonen defeated Evan Johnson 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, and Alex Holm steamrolled past Kevin Kowalewski 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. At No. 1 doubles, Luke Bryant and Nick Powers completed a 6-2, 6-2 victory. "We just took over the net a lot and really took advantage of their second serves," Bryant said.
The first four matches between Red Wing and Chaska were done in less than an hour on Friday and the outcome was already decided. The Wingers dropped just two games total between four singles matches and garnered a 5-2 victory against the Hawks at Twin Bluff Middle School in Red Wing. "The singles matches went pretty quickly," Red Wing head coach Matt Kavanagh said. "I was more focused on the doubles. We were ahead early then lost a couple rubber matches. They did a pretty good job of making this a tough competition for us." At No.