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The Section 1A track and field championship wrapped up on Thursday in Elgin with a number of area athletes qualifying for the Class A state tournament. Lake City led the way with state qualifiers in six events. Ashley Veronen punched her ticket to state during prelims on Tuesday with a high jump of 5 feet, 4 inches — 2 inches higher than the qualifying mark.
It took three days and 11 innings but Red Wing was able to come out on top with an 8-4 victory over Austin on Thursday in the Section 1AAA playoffs. Zach Harding kicked the scoring off for the Wingers in the fifth inning after four scoreless innings to start the game. Harding reached on an error, Austin's Michael O'Connor issued two consecutive walks to load the bases, and Grant Rolen was hit by a pitch to bring Harding home. Teddy Tauer hit a sac fly in the next at bat to give Red Wing a 2-0 edge.
The Red Wing boys' golf team edged out Lake City by five strokes to take command during Day 1 of the Section 1AA tournament on Wednesday at Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester. The Wingers had a team score of 299 while the Tigers finished at 304. Stewartville and Lourdes rounded out the teams that advanced to Day 2 with team scores of 325 and 332, respectively.
It took a couple of innings, but Randolph came up big against Mayer Lutheran on Wednesday, winning, 7-1, giving it chance for redemption in the Section 4A championship. Neither team was able to get much going through three innings and that appeared to be the case in the fourth as well before Skylar Turek sparked a two-out rally for the Rockets.
Randolph and PACT Charter School were engulfed in a pitcher’s duel through the entirety of the game, but the Rockets found a way to scratch across a run to win, 1-0, on Wednesday in the Section 4A quarterfinals. The Rockets scored the winning run not only in dramatic fashion, but very tactfully as well. Isaac Stoesz started the bottom of the seventh inning by reaching on an error. After an Alec Otte sac bunt, Stoesz moved into scoring position at second base.
The Red Wing girls' golf team cruised through Day 1 of the Section 1AA tournament on Wednesday with a first-place team score of 327. Lake City, the second-place finisher, was 14 strokes behind the Wingers and the gap between the Tigers and third-place Kasson-Mantorville was even larger — 37 strokes. Red Wing and Lake City both advanced to the final day of the tournament as a team.
The Red Wing softball team started slow but finished strong against Austin on Tuesday in the second elimination round of the Section 1AAA playoffs. Unfortunately, the Packers concluded the game with a grand slam, ending the Wingers' chance at continuing its season with the 10-7 loss. After four innings, the Wingers were facing a 3-0 deficit and only three hits to show for it. Things turned in a hurry in the fifth inning, however, as Red Wing led off with four consecutive singles and a one-out, two RBI double by Hailey Ehlers to tie the game up.
On a day that reached the upper 90s outside, the Red Wing Aces were able to cool off Miesville's bats, giving up just three hits in a 3-0 victory on Monday. Adam Thygesen scored the Aces' first run by ripping a one-out double in the first inning and reaching home in the next at bat due to a Miesville error. Brady Schroeder would cap off the Aces' scoring in the third inning with a two-run single, plating Ty Buck and Thygesen. Thygesen paced the Aces, going 2-for-4 with two runs, while Brodie Smith recorded two hits and Schroeder led with two RBI.
The Red Wing baseball team received a dominant pitching effort from Teddy Tauer but was unable to get its offense going as it fell to Northfield, 2-0, on Saturday in the opening round of the Section 1AAA playoffs. Tauer pitched six innings and out of the 18 possible outs he faced, all but three came via strikeout.
Cannon Falls saw its season come to an end on Saturday as it fell, 1-0, to New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in a Section 2AA playoffs elimination game. The Panthers scored the winning run in the sixth inning when Gabby Mury got on base with one out by taking a walk. Mury scored later that inning on a Bombers’ throwing error on a two-out single by Sarah Johns.