Jake Pfeifer is a sports reporter and outdoors editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Previously, he worked at Detroit Lakes Newspapers.
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At 10 p.m. on June 5, in the second game of a doubleheader — the Section 1AAA baseball championship no less — Seth Yeatman was called upon to get Red Wing out of a bases-loaded jam with no one out while holding a two-run lead. Yeatman did exactly what he had all season for the Wingers, come up big in the game's biggest moments. He proceeded to get nine of the 10 batters he faced out and punched Red Wing's ticket to the state tournament.
From the start of Lyndsey Quam's softball career with Zumbrota-Mazeppa, all signs pointed to her having the skill set and talent to become one of the school's best pitchers. The road to becoming the ace of the pitching staff was muddied for Quam, however, with the Republican Eagle's 2016 All-Area Player of the Year, Morgan Olson, holding the job in 2016 and Quam splitting duties with Tara Matuska last year.
The Red Wing trap team concluded its season on Saturday, June 16, at the state trap shooting meet in Alexandria, Minn. With only 18 athletes receiving medals out of over 850 competitors, hardware was not easy to secure. But, Red Wing had a number of athletes outperform their season averages and for Chloe Struss, it meant a second-place showing, giving the trap team its lone medal of the meet.
After a heartbreaking loss in the first round of the Class AAA state baseball playoffs, Red Wing responded well, with two straight victories to claim fifth place in the tournament. The Wingers' journey through the consolation bracket began on Friday at Reynolds Field at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul against South St. Paul. Red Wing had little trouble dispatching the Packers, scoring eight runs in the fourth inning en route to an 11-1 victory.
MINNEAPOLIS — Red Wing gave No. 2-seed Rocori all it could handle on Thursday in the Class AAA state baseball playoffs but was unable to keep its late-inning magic alive as the Wingers fell in extra innings, 3-2. The Wingers appeared to have Rocori on the ropes in the seventh and eighth innings, until the last out in the eighth. The Spartans’ Brandon Gill hit a two-out triple into right-center field and three pitches later, Reed Ruefemer deposited a ball in nearly the same location.
JORDAN, Minn. — Wednesday proved to be another good day for the Red Wing boys' golf team at the Class AA boys state golf meet at Ridges at Sand Creek, as a shaky start made way for a strong finish and a third-place showing. Red Wing concluded the tournament with a team score of 619, three shots ahead of fourth-place Cloquet-Esko. Holy Family Catholic won the tournament with a score of 600, while Detroit Lakes came in second with 603.
JORDAN, Minn. — The second day of the Class AA state girls golf meet at Ridges at Sand Creek offered much of the same for the Red Wing girls' golf team. Sophia Yoemans and Leah Herzog again found themselves at the top of the leaderboards with scores of 66 and 71 putting their two-day totals at 129 and 137, respectively. As a team, however, Red Wing came up short as it stayed true to its first-day finish with a two-day score of 665 to claim third place. Marshall beat out the Wingers by one stroke, and Detroit Lakes won the state title with 638.
Red Wing successfully defended its section title on Tuesday with a 6-5 victory over Austin in the Section 1AAA championship at the Red Wing Athletic Field. With the win, the Wingers will head back to the state baseball tournament for the second year in a row. Getting back to state wasn't easy, however, as the Wingers needed to win two games on Tuesday night to get there. And against Austin, the momentum went back and forth in the close-knit game.
ROCHESTER — It's been 10 years since the Red Wing boys' golf team last qualified for the state tournament. On Monday, the drought came to an end as the Wingers concluded the Section 1AA boys' golf tournament at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester at the top of the leaderboards, just two shots ahead of Lake City. Red Wing ended with a team score of 629 compared to the Tigers' 631. Red Wing began the second day of the tournament with a five-stroke lead over Lake City, but by the end of the front nine, the Tigers were up by 16 shots.
ROCHESTER — For the 12th year in a row, the Red Wing girls' golf team is headed to the state tournament. The Wingers began Monday with a 14-stroke lead over Lake City. That lead would hold as Red Wing outlasted the Tigers, 679-693, during the two-day Section 1AA tournament at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. Through the front nine on Monday, the two teams remained with the same 14-shot gap as when the day started. However, Lake City turned it on in the first half of the back nine.