Minnesota state Class A baseball: RRC/W-WG clinches third place
JORDAN -- Though their goal of a Minnesota state Class A baseball championship was burst earlier Friday, the Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove Falcons finished strong by claiming third place. Parkers Prairie, the No. 1 seed in the tournamen...
JORDAN -- Though their goal of a Minnesota state Class A baseball championship was burst earlier Friday, the Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove Falcons finished strong by claiming third place.
Parkers Prairie, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, defeated RRC/W-WG 8-3 in the semifinals, but the Falcons turned around and drilled Wabasha-Kellogg 12-0 in five innings to win the third-place game at the Mini Met in Jordan.
The Falcons, who took a 15-game winning streak to state, finished 24-4 on the season.
Parkers Prairie 8, RRC/W-WG 3 Senior pitcher Andrew Johnson was dominant on the mound and at the plate for Parkers Prairie. At bat, he was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs, and one of his hits was a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning -- a 370-foot bomb to centerfield. On the mound, he hurled seven complete innings and allowed just four hits.
In the fifth, Panthers second baseman Hunter McDaniel delivered a two-out, two-strike hit that gave his team a 6-3 lead.
Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, throughout the season a dangerous hitting lineup. But the Falcons could not make a sustained effort against Johnson, even though they scored two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.
RRC/W-WG’s Trevor Pederson doubled in two runs in the first. The Section 3A champs added another run in the third on a Pederson RBI single to right field which tied the score at 3-3.
Mitchell Willhite pitched 1.2 innings for RRC/W-WG, allowing three earned runs and walking four batters. Skyler Reddemann pitched 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs.
RRC/W-WG 201 000 0 -- 3 4 0
Parkers Prairie 211 022 x -- 8 9 0
RRC/W-WG 12, W-K 0 (5 inn.) The Falcons went right to work, scoring six runs in the first inning. After adding three in the third, they were well on their way to an early shower.
Taylor Bunting, a senior right fielder, went 3-for-4 in the game. Austin Irlbeck and Cole Pankonin each delivered two RBIs.
Bunting opened the top of the first inning with a double to left-center. A fielder’s choice, a sacrifice, an infield error and a hit-by-pitch kept the inning going. Corey Maras drove in a run with a single, and a throwing error scored two more runs. Reddemann later doubled home a run. Another fielding error brought home another run. Willhite singled home a run.
A double by Reddemann, a single by Cole Jackson, a single by Bunting, and a two-run single by Irlbeck were the highlights in the third inning. In the fifth, a single by Evan Blomgren, a single by Bunting, a two-run single by Pankonin were the big hits.
Reddemann pitched all five innings and allowed only two hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Jacks Gosse took the loss, going a complete five and surrendering 12 hits for Wabasha-Kellogg, which committed six errors.
RRC/W-WG 603 03 -- 12 12 1
Wabasha-Kellogg 000 00 -- 0 2 6