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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.
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.