Amateur Baseball: Bears win 2 of 3 at home tournament
Cannon Falls closed out its home tournament on Sunday with a dominant performance in all facets of the game, shutting out Metro, 6-0.
The Bears opened up its offense early, when Michael Monson lined a two-out, two-run double in the second inning to score Luke Winchell and Peter Haggerty.
Two innings later, Cannon Falls added to its lead when Collin Chalmers hit an RBI single into right field to score Rich Burr. The Bears added a run in each of its next two at bats, starting with an RBI double by Brian Vanyo and ending with a Monson sac fly to give Cannon Falls a 5-0 lead through four innings.
Chalmers drove in the final run in the sixth inning with a one-out double to score Zeke Williams.
Six different batters recorded a hit for Cannon Falls, while Monson led the team with three RBI and Haggerty led with two runs scored.
Winchell got the nod on the mound and pitched six innings to earn the win. He struck out three, walked one and gave up one hit. Hunter Reinardy came on in relief for the final inning, striking out one batter.
The Bears gave up just two hits in the game.
Cannon Falls, 5-9, is back in action on Wednesday when it hosts Faribault, 7-4.
Saturday, June 16
Hudson 3, Cannon Falls 2
Offense was sparse in Cannon Falls' second game at its home tournament as both teams combined for eight hits in Hudson's, 3-2, victory over Cannon Falls on Saturday.
Cannon Falls held onto a precarious 1-0 lead through 4 ½ innings, before Hudson benefited from two Bears' errors and some timely hitting to take over the lead.
The Bears' lone run came in the third inning when Jake Filkins was hit by a pitch with one out. After reaching second base on a passed ball, Zeke Williams lined a two-out RBI single into right field.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bears looked well on its way to holding onto its lead, but with two outs, Dennis Rinehardt hit an RBI single to score Paul Johnson and then two consecutive errors by the Bears scored Will Jilek and Rinehardt to give the River Rats the lead for good.
Keith Meyers was the starting pitcher, lasting five innings and getting pinned with the loss. He struck out six, walked two and gave up one earned run on three hits.
Thursday, June 14
Cannon Falls 4, Wanamingo 3
Cannon Falls opened its home tournament with a dramatic rally in the sixth inning to defeat Wanamingo, 4-3, on Thursday.
Neither team could get any runs across the board throughout the first three innings and the only scoring until the sixth inning was a one-run spot in the bottom of the fourth inning when Cannon Falls' Peter Haggerty was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring home Carlton Lindow to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
After five-straight innings of getting at least two runners on base, Wanamingo finally broke through with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
Consecutive Cannon Falls errors put Dylan Craig and Brady Anfinson on first and second with no outs. Peder Sviggum then lined a double into the right-field gap to bring home Craig.
A two-out RBI single by Matt Houglum brought home Anfinson and Sviggum was able to score before the inning was over to give the Jacks a 3-1 lead.
Cannon Falls responded in the next half-inning with three runs of its own — all coming with two outs.
Zeke Williams hit a two-run single to score Isaiah Umbreit and Keith Meyers to tie the game up. In the next at bat, Braxton Lindow earned a walk to put the winning run in scoring position. Brock Peterson took advantage and hit the game-winning RBI single on the next pitch.
Luke Winchell and Williams led Cannon Falls with two hits apiece, while Williams also led the team with two RBI.
Brian Vanyo earned the start on the mound, striking out one, walking two and giving up seven hits through four innings. Quinton Lindow and Meyers came on in relief to close out the game. Meyers earned the win after pitching the final 1 ⅔ innings. He struck out three and gave up two hits.