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On a day that reached the upper 90s outside, the Red Wing Aces were able to cool off Miesville's bats, giving up just three hits in a 3-0 victory on Monday. Adam Thygesen scored the Aces' first run by ripping a one-out double in the first inning and reaching home in the next at bat due to a Miesville error. Brady Schroeder would cap off the Aces' scoring in the third inning with a two-run single, plating Ty Buck and Thygesen. Thygesen paced the Aces, going 2-for-4 with two runs, while Brodie Smith recorded two hits and Schroeder led with two RBI.
The Red Wing baseball team received a dominant pitching effort from Teddy Tauer but was unable to get its offense going as it fell to Northfield, 2-0, on Saturday in the opening round of the Section 1AAA playoffs. Tauer pitched six innings and out of the 18 possible outs he faced, all but three came via strikeout.
Cannon Falls saw its season come to an end on Saturday as it fell, 1-0, to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in a Section 2AA playoffs elimination game. The Panthers scored the winning run in the sixth inning when Gabby Mury got on base with one out by taking a walk. Mury scored later that inning on a Bombers’ throwing error on a two-out single by Sarah Johns.
It was a battle of the pitchers on Saturday as Randolph and Legacy Christian Academy combined for just three hits. Randolph was able to get the upper hand, however, claiming the victory, 2-1, in the second round of the Section 4A playoffs. Andrew Wenstrom drew a leadoff walk in the first inning for the Rockets and reached second base when Joey Erickson laid down a bunt. In the next at bat, Wenstrom scored after a throwing error to give Randolph an early 1-0 lead. The Rockets held that lead until the seventh inning when the Lions tied the game up on an RBI single.
The Section 4A individual boys’ tennis tournament took place on Tuesday and Wednesday with Red Wing and Lake City both receiving good results. In doubles, Red Wing’s No.1 team of Logan Johnson and Coby Castner took third place. The duo won their first match on Tuesday, 6-4, 6-1. On Wednesday they fell in the semifinals, 6-0, 6-0, before rebounding to win the third-place match, 0-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(2). Red Wing’s No. 2 team of Aidan Coyle and Lincoln Bryan won its first match on Tuesday, 6-1, 6-1, but fell in the second round, 6-3, 6-2.
The Red Wing girls' track and field team only had one first-place finish on Thursday at the Big Nine Conference meet in Northfield but had a number of strong performances to take fourth place as a team. With 149.5 team points, the Wingers finished five-and-a-half points behind third-place Mankato West. Northfield was the meet champion with 288 points, followed by Mankato East (179). Elle Thorson gave the Wingers' its only first-place finish with a time of 16.35 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles.
Goodhue couldn’t have gotten off to a better start on Thursday in a 20-0 rout of Christian Life Academy in the first round of the Section 4A playoffs. After Casey Ryan struck out the side to start the game, Goodhue’s offense came alive in a big way in the bottom of the first inning. The Wildcats hit six singles, took two walks, were hit by a pitch and reached base on two errors to score nine runs.
Zumbrota-Mazeppa began its quest in the Section 1AA single elimination bracket with an 8-0 shutout of Pine Island in its first game on Thursday. The Cougars couldn’t catch a break in the second game against Byron, however, and fell 1-0, ending Z-M’s season. In the first game against Pine Island, the Cougars were never in threat of losing as they built an early 6-0 lead through three innings. Lyndsey Quam struck out 12 Panthers batters and only gave up one hit to earn the win.
Red Wing was in full preparation mode for the looming Section 1AAA playoffs, but first it had to get past Rochester Century — which it did admirably on Thursday with a 10-4 victory. The Wingers got the scoring started in the third inning with two runs, which Century answered with three of its own. Red Wing would retake the lead in the fifth inning for good, however, after putting together five runs. The five-run stretch was made possible by seven consecutive batters reaching safely for the Wingers.
Red Wing kept its season alive on Thursday by defeating Albert Lea, 5-3, in the single elimination bracket after losing to No. 1 seed Winona, 5-0, in the Section 1AAA playoffs. Against Winona, the Wingers did well to keep the Winhawks’ offense in check, but they were unable to get anything going offensively for themselves. Red Wing could only muster two hits on the game — singles by Marissa Kelly and Meg Grove.