Amateur Baseball: Red Wing earns state tourney bid
An offensive onslaught couldn't have come at a better time for Red Wing as it earned a bid into the Class C state tournament with its 15-4 victory over Wanamingo on Sunday in Owatonna.
Red Wing scored at least one run in every inning except the third and eighth, including a four-run first inning started off by a Mitch Matter leadoff single. Three batters later, Corey Tauer hit a two-RBI single and then came around to score later in the inning on an RBI-double by Dixon Irwin. Zach Garner gave the Aces a 4-0 lead after one inning with an RBI single.
Red Wing and Wanamingo traded runs in the second inning before breaking the game wide open with a 8-2 lead through five innings. The Jacks managed to score two more runs in the seventh inning off of an Alex Roosen double into centerfield, but couldn't close the gap as Red Wing put the game on ice with six runs in the last three innings combined.
Three Aces recorded three hits on the day, led by Corey Tauer's 3-for-4 game with five RBI, two runs and a double. Brady Schroeder and Irwin both recorded three hits and two RBI. Schroeder also scored three runs while Irwin hit one double. Garner was the other Red Wing player to record a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-6 with two RBI, one run and one double.
Schroeder received the starting nod for consecutive playoff games, earning the win once again for the Aces. He struck out seven, walked two and gave up two earned runs on six hits.
Teddy Tauer took the mound in relief in the seventh inning. He struck out three, walked three and gave up two earned runs on two hits through two innings of work. JT Cunningham pitched the final inning, allowing no hits and striking out one.
The Region 5C championship game between Red Wing and Lake City will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Owatonna. Both teams have qualified for the state tournament but the region title and tournament seeding are on the line.
Lake City has won both times it has faced Red Wing this season, the last a 4-3 victory on July 23.