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In a long-awaited first game of the season, Lake City traveled to Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Monday and came away with a dominant 11-0 victory. Hunter Grimm led the way for the Tigers offensively going 3-for-3 with one RBI. Zach Scharpen went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Josh Matanich went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. The Bulldogs received their lone hit of the game from Dalton Breza. Charlie White earned the win for Lake City, striking out five, walking two and only giving up one hit across four innings. Scharpen also pitched one inning, striking out two and walking one.
The Red Wing boys' tennis team was back in action Monday, hosting Rochester John Marshall and Austin. It was a rough day on the court for the Wingers, however, as they dropped both contests 1-6. Against John Marshall, the Wingers received its lone victory in No. 3 doubles. Noah Richardson and Nathan Farrar defeated JM's Henry Larson and Grant Engle by taking the 10-7 tiebreaker in the third set after losing the first set, 5-7, and winning the second set, 6-3.
Due to the improved weather conditions, Red Wing quickly scheduled a game against Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Monday. The Wingers received strong offensive support once again, but were unable to keep their opponent from scoring double-digits as they lost, 11-6. Red Wing had a lot of hard-hit balls, however, luck was not on their side as many were hit right at defenders.
For just the second time this season, Lake City took to the courts for a match. On Monday, the Tigers beat Faribault, 5-2, thanks to a dominant sweep in singles play. Mitch Medvec won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, followed by Alex Holmgren's 6-0, 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot. The third and fourth wins came from Jacob Miller (6-0, 6-4) and Ryan Heise (6-0, 6-0). Elijah Miller and Ben Ackermann won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles for Lake City's final win.
Cannon Falls will be the opening stop of the 2018 Gopher Road Trip on Monday, May 7. University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle and 11 Gopher coaches are expected for the 11:30 a.m. lunch event at the Cannon River Winery. It is the kick-off of their bus tour that will take them to Rochester later that day and to Owatonna, Kasota and Hutchinson on May 8. Another trip will visit St. Cloud and Brainerd on May 23 and Perham and Alexandria on May 24.
Red Wing was able to evade the winter weather in its matchup against Austin on Tuesday at the Austin Wescott Sports Complex. Playing under a roof for the second time this year, the Wingers were unable to find better results against their Big Nine opponent, losing the contest, 11-0. Red Wing was only able to get two hits — Dani Deming and Justine Swenning each had doubles — off of Austin’s Jaeda Bekaert, who also struck out four and walked one.
Cold weather wasn't enough to cool off Cannon Falls' bats in its 9-2 season-opening victory over Kenyon-Wanamingo on Thursday. The Bombers got off to a hot start with five hits and four runs in the first inning. They maintained a strong offensive effort throughout by only having one inning with less than five batters coming up to bat, whereas the Knights only had one inning with more than four batters at the plate.
The Red Wing softball team was finally able to open its season with a game on Thursday at the Rochester Regional Sports Stadium. The Wingers were unable to come home with a victory, however, dropping the 2-1 contest to Rochester Century. The Wingers scored their run on six hits, leaving six runners on base, while committing one error. Hannah Rodgers took the loss but pitched well in her first appearance after taking last year off due to a foot injury. She struck out five and walked four.
The Red Wing boys' tennis team finally got to face an opponent, but Winona edged the Wingers, 4-3, on Thursday. Lincoln Bryan got the only win in singles play for Red Wing with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Ian Loos at the No. 2 spot. In doubles, Coby Castner as Logan Johnson picked up a 6-2, 7-5 win as the top pair, while Graham Achen and Prince Mancho won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at No. 3. Only one other match went three sets, and it was a battle for the team win. At No. 3 singles, Drew Lechler edged Winger Kris Betcher 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 to seal the win for the Winhawks.
Ryan Heise got the lone win for the Lake City boys' tennis team on Tuesday in a 6-1 loss to Rochester Lourdes. It was the season opener for both teams. At No. 4 singles, Heise won the first set 6-3 before closing with a 6-1 second-set victory. In No. 1 singles, Mitch Medvec played a tight match, dropping the first set 6-4 before succumbing to Lourdes' Eric Chestolowski in a 7-6 tiebreaker victory in the second set. Lake City is scheduled to visit Cotter on Friday, April 13, pending weather conditions.