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After struggling with the bats on Friday, Red Wing was able to pound the ball Saturday in the Marshall Super Section elimination game against Mankato. Problem was, the Mets were able to keep the bats going, tacking on 10 runs over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to knock out the Aces with a 13-9 victory at Legion Field. Missing out on a second straight Class B state tournament berth, Red Wing ends the 2013 season with a 32-9 record and the Classic Cannon Valley League title. The Mets ended up falling 4-1 to the Cold Spring Springers with a trip to state on the line.
Opening up Class B Super Section play in Marshall, Red Wing’s state hopes hit a road block on Friday in the form of the Savage Outlaws. Thanks to a five-run bottom of the fourth inning, including a two-run home run by Tyler Peterson, Savage cruised to an 11-1 victory in eight innings at Legion Field. Red Wing (32-9) will try and fight off elimination at 1 p.m. today when it faces Mankato.
The Red Wing Aces are headed across the state to Marshall to open the Class B Super Sectional tournament. Red Wing, which lost 5-0 to Dundas Saturday in the Section 1B seeding game, will play Savage at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Legion Field. At 6 p.m., Cold Spring takes on Mankato in the other Marshall Super Section matchup. If the Aces defeat Savage, they will play the Cold Spring/Mankato winner at 4 p.m. Saturday for the Super Section’s No. 1 seed. If Red Wing loses, it would face the Cold Spring/Mankato loser at 1 p.m.
Already clinching its spot in the Class C state tournament on Friday, the Cannon Falls Bears ended the Region 4C tournament on fire, going 3-0 over the weekend to clinch the region’s No. 1 seed. Going 3-0 with a win Saturday over Blue Earth (5-1) and two consecutive victories over Lake Crystal (10-0, 8-0) on Sunday, Cannon Falls gets a first-round bye in the Class C state tournament. The Bears will open play on Aug.
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.