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Twenty-five years after the Red Wing Aces' Class B championship, the team's winningest manager, Danny Plein, had his No. 8 jersey retired. Plein was presented with a framed case housing his now-retired jersey during a pregame ceremony at the Aces game against Burnsville on Friday, July 13 at the Ath.
In second place in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 250cc class standings, Millville-born Alex Martin returns to his home track on Saturday, July 21. Martin is seeking his first win of the season at the 36th annual La Crescent Wine and Spirit Spring Creek National. Through seven rounds, he sits behind current standings leader, Aaron Plessinger, by 55 points.
Red Wing fall sports registration is open. The P.A.C. meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, August 6, at Twin Bluff Middle School. All registration is online, and cash or check payments can be made in the office if one cannot pay with a credit card online. If computer access is unavailable, the is one for use at the athletic office at TBMS. If a student-athlete was not involved in a sport or activity in the 2017-18 winter or spring seasons, a new account must be set up as the system changed over the winter. Register at https://redwinghs-ar.rschooltoday.com/ .
The National Federation of State High School Associations recently passed a number of rules changes for baseball, softball and hockey.
Teddy Tauer (Red Wing, sr., P/1B) Class AAA All-State, All-Big Nine Conference, All-Star Series, Republican Eagle Player of the Year (2017); .281 AVG, 25 H, 8 2B, 22 RBI, 16 R, 4-3, 1.62 ERA, 64 K, .976 FPCT. From head coach Paul Hartmann: "Teddy was a model of consistency on the mound over four years, showed continued improvement at the dish, and was a fiery competitor that led by example his senior year. We will miss him tremendously. Four-year starter, captain."
Red Wing pitched a shutout through seven innings but a late rally by Rochester forced extra innings, and the Royals came away with the 4-2 victory on Wednesday at the Ath. Neither team could find a way to put a run on the scoreboard as both combined to strand eight runners through three innings. The Aces finally broke through in the fourth inning, however, when Zach Garner's two-out RBI single brought home Kyle Blahnik.
Natalye Quam (Zumbrota-Mazeppa, jr., C) All-Hiawatha Valley League, first-team Class AA, All-Section 1AA; .388 AVG, 31 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 25 R. From head coach Kevin Nelson: "Very strong arm and great knowledge of the game. She threw out a lot of baserunners. Defensively, very solid and had a great year at plate offensively. Out of 80 at bats, she only struck out twice."
Red Wing got back in the win column after a four-game skid with a 4-3 win over Randolph on Sunday. The win wasn't without difficulty, however, as the Railcats pushed the Aces into extra innings. Adam Thygesen scored the winning run in the 10th inning off of a Randolph error. Randolph opened the game by putting up two runs in the first inning off of two walks, a single and an error. Red Wing battled back to tie the score at 2-2 through four innings after near identical scoring circumstances when Brodie Smith scored on two Seth Cushing at bats.
Cannon Falls closed out its home tournament on Sunday with a dominant performance in all facets of the game, shutting out Metro, 6-0. The Bears opened up its offense early, when Michael Monson lined a two-out, two-run double in the second inning to score Luke Winchell and Peter Haggerty.
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.