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Amateur Baseball: Aces fall in extra innings

Kyle Blahnik eyes up a pitch against Rochester on Wednesday at the Ath. Blahnik led the Aces offensively by going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Ben Domagala throws a pitch in the first inning of Wednesday's game against Rochester. Domagala was efficient on the mound, throwing 54 of his 85 pitches for strikes while only giving up six hits. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Red Wing pitched a shutout through seven innings but a late rally by Rochester forced extra innings, and the Royals came away with the 4-2 victory on Wednesday at the Ath.

Neither team could find a way to put a run on the scoreboard as both combined to strand eight runners through three innings. The Aces finally broke through in the fourth inning, however, when Zach Garner's two-out RBI single brought home Kyle Blahnik.

Red Wing added to its lead in the fifth inning. Brodie Smith led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a Zach Harding sacrifice bunt. With two outs in the inning, Seth Yeatman used his speed to reach the bag and record an run-scoring infield single, giving the Aces a 2-0 lead.

After limiting the Royals to one hit in the fourth through seventh innings, Rochester put on its rally caps and pushed across two runs in the eighth inning. Rochester began the inning with a single, a walk and then an RBI single.

Spencer Schroeder recorded a strikeout in the next at bat but then walked the batter to load the bases with one out. Corey Tauer came on in relief and struck out the first batter he faced, but he issued a walk immediately after to bring home the tying run.

In the top of the 11th inning, Rochester scored the winning run when Alex Welder lined a double into the right-centerfield gap to score Matt Stubbs. In the final two innings, Red Wing couldn't get a runner on base.

Red Wing recorded eight total hits, while Blahnik and Garner led the team with two hits each.

Ben Domagala received the starting nod and pitched six shutout innings. He logged three strikeouts, one walk and gave up six hits.

Schroeder pitched 1 ⅓ innings in relief. He struck out two, walked two and gave up two earned runs on two hits. Tauer pitched the final 3 ⅔ innings and took the loss. He struck out two, walked two and gave up one earned run on three hits.

Red Wing (9-8, 6-4 Classic Cannon Valley League) will be back in action on Friday at the Ath when it takes on Cannon Falls (7-9 , 3-5 CCVL).

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