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Red Wing dropped its third game in its last four tries as the Aces lost to the Dukes, 6-5, after an 11-inning battle on Saturday at Dundas. The Aces started the scoring in the third inning after Kyle Blahnik hit an RBI single to score Brady Schroeder. In the next at bat, Brodie Smith reached on an error and then Josh Thygesen hit a sac fly to score Blahnik. In the fourth inning, Mitch Matter would extend Red Wing's lead to, 3-1, but the Dukes would respond in the bottom half of the inning to trim the lead to one.
ST. PAUL — ACL injuries can be an emotional time for athletes — the unknown of how their bodies will respond to treatment and how effective they can be after recovery are primary concerns. For Lake City junior Ethan Heitman, his road back from a torn ACL last summer reached its peak on Saturday at Hamline University when he became a state champion with a 6-foot, 6-inch high jump at the Class A state track and field meet. Heitman's recovery wasn't exactly a breeze, however.
Patience is a virtue, the old saying goes, and for Randolph it provided three early runs on the way to a 9-2 victory over Heritage Christian Academy in the Section 4A semifinals on Saturday at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka. Andrew Wenstrom hit a leadoff single on the third pitch of the game, but the Rockets became patient at the plate from there. Joey Erickson and Dane Ehleringer both struck out but not before working full counts.
LAKEVILLE — The Red Wing track and field team had a strange day on the final day of the Section 1AA track and field meet on Friday at Lakeville South High School. First, because of forecasted thunderstorms, the final day was moved up from Saturday to Friday. Then there was the issue of the team's seniors who had graduation that same night. However, whether athletes bested their seed times or came up short, the Wingers often found themselves near the top of events but never high enough to advance to place in the top two and earn a spot to the state meet.
The Section 1A track and field championship wrapped up on Thursday in Elgin with a number of area athletes qualifying for the Class A state tournament. Lake City led the way with state qualifiers in six events. Ashley Veronen punched her ticket to state during prelims on Tuesday with a high jump of 5 feet, 4 inches — 2 inches higher than the qualifying mark.
It took three days and 11 innings but Red Wing was able to come out on top with an 8-4 victory over Austin on Thursday in the Section 1AAA playoffs. Zach Harding kicked the scoring off for the Wingers in the fifth inning after four scoreless innings to start the game. Harding reached on an error, Austin's Michael O'Connor issued two consecutive walks to load the bases, and Grant Rolen was hit by a pitch to bring Harding home. Teddy Tauer hit a sac fly in the next at bat to give Red Wing a 2-0 edge.
The Red Wing boys' golf team edged out Lake City by five strokes to take command during Day 1 of the Section 1AA tournament on Wednesday at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. The Wingers had a team score of 299 while the Tigers finished at 304. Stewartville and Lourdes rounded out the teams that advanced to Day 2 with team scores of 325 and 332, respectively.
It took a couple of innings, but Randolph came up big against Mayer Lutheran on Wednesday, winning, 7-1, giving it chance for redemption in the Section 4A championship. Neither team was able to get much going through three innings and that appeared to be the case in the fourth as well before Skylar Turek sparked a two-out rally for the Rockets.
Randolph and PACT Charter School were engulfed in a pitcher’s duel through the entirety of the game, but the Rockets found a way to scratch across a run to win, 1-0, on Wednesday in the Section 4A quarterfinals. The Rockets scored the winning run not only in dramatic fashion, but very tactfully as well. Isaac Stoesz started the bottom of the seventh inning by reaching on an error. After an Alec Otte sac bunt, Stoesz moved into scoring position at second base.
The Red Wing girls' golf team cruised through Day 1 of the Section 1AA tournament on Wednesday with a first-place team score of 327. Lake City, the second-place finisher, was 14 strokes behind the Wingers and the gap between the Tigers and third-place Kasson-Mantorville was even larger — 37 strokes. Red Wing and Lake City both advanced to the final day of the tournament as a team.