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Baseball: Bombers take opener from Knights

Roan Reardon earned the win on Thursday in Cannon Falls' season opener against Kenyon-Wanamingo. Reardon struck out two and walked three batters in his five innings on the mound. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia

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.

Gage Hildebrandt went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs, Hayden Strain went 3-for-3 with a double, one RBI and two runs, Chase Reber went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and two runs, Riley Miller had two doubles and two RBI, and Graham Pearson had two singles and one RBI for the Bombers.

Owen Hilke went 2-for-3 with one RBI for the Knights.

Roan Reardon earned the win by only allowing four hits in his five innings of work.

Jack Beulke took the loss. He was on the hook for nine earned runs and gave up 13 hits in five innings.

With more wintry weather expected this weekend piling on top of an already winter-like spring, it could be a while until either team plays another game.

"Considering the weather conditions, the field held up well and we played a good game of baseball," Cannon Falls head coach Bucky Lindow said. "The infield was a little soft in areas, but that was about the only concern."

Cannon Falls 1-0 (1-0 Hiawatha Valley League) is next scheduled to play at Hayfield on Monday.

K-W, 0-1 (0-1 HVL) is set to have its home opener on Monday against Goodhue.

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