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Jim Felling, of River Falls, came away as the winner of the fifth annual Wingman Triathlon Sunday in Red Wing. Felling, 34, finished the triathlon with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, 35 seconds. After a time of 8:59 in the swim and 18:38 in the running portion, Felling excelled on the bike with the top split of 34:10.
With elimination looming and a state bid on the line, Cannon Falls player/manager Keith Meyers stepped up at the right time. Starting on the mound, Meyers struck out 17 and held Waterville to one hit in nine innings to put the Bears in the Class C state tournament for the second straight year with a 4-0 Region 4C victory Friday in Waterville. “We just stuck with what worked. I threw lots of fastballs and threw the slider in there, too,” Meyers said after the win. “The guys played well behind me as well.
The Cannon Falls Bears are on the verge of a repeat trip to state after going 1-1 to start the Region 4C tournament. In the opening round, Cannon Falls lost to host Waterville 4-1 on Saturday. Then facing elimination on Sunday, the Bears stayed alive with a 3-0 victory against Morristown. With Region 4C having three teams eligible for state, Cannon Falls will look to lock up another state appearance in a rematch against Waterville at 8:30 p.m. Friday in Waterville.
The Red Wing Legion Post 54 baseball team ended its season Friday with a 7-1 loss to Lakeville North at Memorial Park in Dundas, Minn. Post 54 fell behind early and never recovered one day after tallying an 11-10 comeback victory against East Ridge. Tristan Van Stone pitched 3 1/3 innings as Red Wing’s starter, giving up four runs on eight hits and one walk. Post 54 collected five hits in the loss, with five different players delivering a hit.
After a slow start Friday, Cannon Falls finally got rolling in the sixth inning, and Lake City couldn’t do anything to slow down the Bears’ momentum. Up 1-0 through five innings, Cannon Falls scored three runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to advance in the Region 4C playoffs with a 10-0 eight-inning victory Friday at John Burch Park. Bears’ pitcher Keith Meyers was in cruise control against the Serpents, striking out eight and holding Lake City to four hits and one walk for a complete-game victory. Luke Winchell, Cory Hedeen, Josh Harrison and Rich Burr each had two hits f
Piling up six runs over the course of the fourth and fifth innings, the Red Wing Aces had no trouble putting away the Rochester Royals on Wednesday, coming away with a 7-3 victory in Rochester. Batting from the leadoff spot, first baseman Zach Garner went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Kyle Blahnik was 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored for Red Wing. Dave Jenso0n added three hits, including a double, an RBI and a run scored, and Tyler Goering was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run.
The Lake City Serpents strung together their fifth straight victory Sunday, picking up an 8-1 Classic Cannon Valley League win against Randolph. Zach Wolfe and Hunter Baab each finished with three hits, with Wolfe driving in two runs while Baab hit for a double, an RBI and a run scored for Lake City.
Helped by a strong relief effort by Cory Hedeen, Cannon Falls came away with a 7-5 Classic Cannon Valley League road victory Sunday against Dundas. After starting pitcher Keith Meyers gave up five runs and 12 hits in five-plus innings, Hedeen came in and allowed just two hits, zero walks and zero runs in four innings of work. On offense, Rich Burr was 4-for-5 with three RBI, and Nate Otto was 2-for-4 with three runs and a double.
Bay City racked up 11 hits and capitalized on five Hudson errors on the way to an 8-0 St. Croix Valley League victory Saturday in Hudson. With the win, the Bombers snapped an eight-game losing streak. Steve Bowe went 3-for-5 for Bay City, putting up a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Travis Balster was 2-for-5 with three RBI, and Tony Schultz chalked up the win on the mound, striking out three in seven innings pitched. The Bombers (9-12) host St. Croix Falls Saturday at Hortenbach Park.
In a Highway 61 battle, Miesville won its fifth straight game with a 11-6 Classic Cannon Valley League game over Hastings Sunday at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville. Alex LaShomb had four of the Mudhens’ 15 hits, going 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.