Joe Brown is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Prior to becoming regional editor, he was the sports editor of the Red Wing Republican Eagle from 2012-2018. He also worked as the sports editor for the Marshall Independent (2010-2012) and as a sports/news clerk for the St. Cloud Times (2008-2009). He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.
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“Better late than never” was the mantra Monday night for the Red Wing Legion baseball team. Facing No. 9 seed South St. Paul in the Sub-State 6 play-in game, No. 8 seed Post 54 overcame a 2-0 deficit, scoring all of its runs over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings in a 4-2 victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field. “We definitely used the extended game that the Legion playoffs gave us,” said Red Wing head coach Kyle Blahnik, referring to Legion ball going from seven innings in the regular season to nine in the playoffs.
The Red Wing Aces will forever hold a place in Andy Gibart’s heart. For 14 years, the Red Wing native was a steady force on the team as a left-handed pitcher and one of the managers. So when Gibart steps on the mound this weekend, it’ll be with a heavy heart as he takes on the Red Wing Aces. Now in his second year with the Shakopee Indians, Gibart is slated to start against Red Wing at 6 p.m.
Battling with a team that tallies 11 hits is tough enough. But with nine walks to add to that hit parade, it ended up being a tough night for the Red Wing Aces against the River Falls Fighting Fish on Tuesday. Trailing 6-3 after the seventh inning, River Falls fought back with five total runs over the eighth and ninth innings for an 8-6 come-from-behind victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field.
Miesville has made a habit of hitting the cover off the ball the last two weeks. Fresh off a 14-5 victory against Classic Cannon Valley League rival Red Wing in the annual Fourth of July game, the Mudhens have outscored opponents 58-16 while rattling off five straight victories.
With five games between Section 1B games, the Red Wing Aces have started to tear the cover off the ball. Going off for 14 hits on Thursday, the Aces pounded the Kewaskum (Wisconsin) A’s in a 10-0 seven-inning victory at the Red Wing Athletic Field. In the midst of a three-game win streak, Red Wing has outscored opponents 33-2 and has collected 14 hits in each of the three games. “We’ve been hitting the ball really well the last couple games.
Whether it was in the batter’s box or the base paths, Eastview set an aggressive tone early. Red Wing managed to cut a six-run deficit to two in the middle innings, but Eastview’s aggressiveness emerged again as they went on to roll Post 54 11-4 Monday at the Red Wing Athletic Field. “They’re a good ball club. They have been one of the better Class 3A teams during the high-school season, and they take a lot of pride in their Legion team,” Red Wing head coach Kyle Blahnik said. “We dug ourselves into too big a hole.
While she proved her prowess on the softball diamond, a different sport made life very painful for Tayler Mort. Back in seventh-grade volleyball, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa standout suffered an elbow injury, tearing her ulnar collateral ligament. “Ever since then, it would hurt to spike and then throw in softball,” Mort said. “I took volleyball off because it wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t my favorite sport. Then I focused on softball, and it got to the point that I couldn’t do anything.
JORDAN, Minn. – Wind, fast greens and tough hole placements made life tough for golfers all around the Ridges at Sand Creek. For Red Wing eighth-grader Cecil Belisle, the back nine proved especially problematic as the first-time state entrant shot an 81 on Day 2 of the Class 2A state golf championship meet. Belisle’s two-day score of 158 put him in a tie for 49th place overall. “I hoped to play a lot better,” Belisle said. “But it was a good experience and I hope I get to play it four more times.”
JORDAN, Minn. – Red Wing’s dip into the Ridges at Sand Creek pond was incredibly rewarding and completely unexpected. Down by seven strokes to three-time defending state champion Detroit Lakes after Day 1 of the Class 2A state golf championship meet, the Winger girls knew they had a lot of work to do if there was any chance of a comeback. “I thought we had a chance, but it’s hard to gain seven shots,” said Red Wing sophomore Stephanie Herzog. “I didn’t know if we’d be able to make that up.”
JORDAN, Minn. – Through nine holes, Detroit Lakes made it look like a fourth straight Class 2A state title was inevitable. Fortunately for the Red Wing girls, golf is an 18-hole game and the Lakers came back a little closer to Earth. Through Day 1 of the state championship meet at Ridges at Sand Creek, the Wingers sit in second place overall with a team score of 319, compared to Detroit Lakes’ 312. Pequot Lakes and Minnewaska Area are tied with 325, and Breck rounded out the top five with a 338.