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Cecil Belisle took medalist honors once again, leading the third-ranked (2A) Red Wing boys' golf team to a Big Nine Conference triangular victory Monday in Northfield. The Wingers' team score of 316 bested Northfield's 319 and Albert Lea's 332. Belisle carded first-place score of 73, followed by 80 from Drew Bjorngaard. Mac DeSutter came up with an 81, and Luke Knutsen wrapped up the team score with an 82. Spencer Kronbeck shot an 83, followed by a 90 from Drew Siewert. On Wednesday, Red Wing will host a conference triangular with Owatonna and Rochester Century.
With a Hayden Strain grand slam breaking up a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning, Cannon Falls was able to pull away from Goodhue for a 7-2 Hiawatha Valley League victory on Monday at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls.
Randolph remains unbeaten in the Southeast Conference after notching a 7-1 victory at home against Mabel-Canton on Monday. Andrew Wenstrom was 2-for-4 with a triple, a pair of runs scored and an RBI while Alex Ratzlaff was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Matt Weber struck out 10 over six innings to secure the Rockets' victory. On Tuesday, Randolph (12-2, 9-0 SEC) returns home for a conference doubleheader with Spring Grove.
GOODHUE — Tied at 7-7 with Kenyon-Wanamingo, Goodhue’s Kate Opsahl won Monday’s Hiawatha Valley League contest with a walkoff RBI single to clinch an 8-7 victory for the Wildcats.
Randolph got a non-conference sweep at home on Monday with two wins over Triton. The Rockets grinded out a 4-1 win in Game 1 before notching a 14-4 win in the second game.
Facing off at the Red Wing Athletic Field on Sunday, the Cannon Falls Bears secured their first Classic Cannon Valley League victory with a 6-4 win over the Red Wing Aces. Leading 5-0 after the first two innings, Cannon Falls had four players – Alex Tauer, Rich Burr, Luke Winchell and Keith Meyers – with two hits. Meyers was 2-for-3 with a double while Tauer was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI. Burr drove in two runs and Winchell added a run and an RBI in the victory. Winchell also got the victory after throwing two innings of relief.
Northfield got the best of Red Wing in both games of a Big Nine Conference doubleheader Monday in Red Wing as the Raiders took Game 1, 15-4, then completed the sweep with an 11-1 Game 2 victory. In the first game, Natalie Boxrud had a double and an RBI for Red Wing while Hailey Ehlers, Meg Grove and Jenna Jablonski had a hit apiece. Justine Swenning took the loss after giving up seven walks while tallying two strikeouts.
Missing its top golfer, Red Wing placed third at the Irish Invitational at Emerald Greens hosted by Rosemount on Saturday. The second-ranked Wingers' 334 was behind top-ranked Edina (313) and fifth-ranked Lakeville North (330). Red Wing's Leah Herzog shot a 3-under par 69 to take medalist honors, followed by teammate Sophia Yoemans' 72. Sydney Flack had a 92 for the Wingers, with Ava Bremseth closing the scoring with a 101. Top-ranked Stephanie Herzog did not play, nor did Edina's top-two golfers. Red Wing is hosting an invitational on Tuesday.
Red Wing had the lead, but also squandered several chances to extend it. That came back to sink the Wingers as Rocori scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 9-5 victory on Saturday. Red Wing starter Teddy Tauer was pulled with two outs in the sixth after the Spartans scored two runs to tie the game. Seth Yeatman came in relief, but did not record an out with Rocori scoring three more runs. The Spartans had three hits in the inning, but also walked four times and one batter was hit by a pitch.
Tied 5-5 after Goodhue scored a pair of runs in the fifth, Byron followed suit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to clinch a 7-5 Hiawatha Valley League win on Friday. Ryan Schoenfelder led the Wildcats' offense by going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Casey Ryan chimed in with a pair of hits and two RBI, and Taylor Buck and Nicholas Thomforde both had a hit and a pair of runs.