Red Hawks get win over Patriots in playoffs
The Redhawks won an all-Rochester opening round game in the First District, Division I American Legion baseball playoffs Tuesday.
The Redhawks edged the Patriots 4-2 behind a complete-game six-hitter by Matt Meyer. Meyer struck out 10 in going all nine innings; all playoff games are nine-inning contests.
His counterpart David Arnett pitched well, too. The Redhawks scored two runs off him in the bottom of the first to go ahead 2-1. Singles by Andy Leisen and Ben Becker, a walk and sacrifice flies by Meyer and Tom Senne brought in the runs. The Pats had scored on an error and Ben Schafer's double.
The Redhawks added two runs in the sixth when Meyer singled, Senne doubled him in and Tim Wahl singled in Senne.
Becker and Senne had two hits each. Becker also made a sensational play in ranging far behind second base from his shortstop position.
The Redhawks (22-9) play Waseca at 4 p.m. Thursday as the rest of the tournament is played in Owatonna. The Patriots meet Austin at 1 p.m.
A's romp in opener
The Rochester A's opened First District play Tuesday with a 13-3 win in seven innings over La Crescent in American Legion baseball.
The game was ended with the 10-run rule. District playoff games this year will normally be nine innings.
The A's jumped out to a 5-0 lead before La Crescent cut it to 5-3 in the third inning. Then the A's scored eight runs in the sixth inning to put it away.
Jay Kasner pitched into the fifth inning, but ran into trouble. Mike Badger pitched the fifth and sixth innings to get thew in. Cris Collins threw the seventh inning.
Ted Garry led the team with two hits and three runs-batted-in. Kasner and Justin Grant each had two hits and two RBIs. Lee Anderson and Collins each had two hits and one RBI.
The A's will now play Winona at 7 p.m. Thursday in Owatonna.
Division II meet starts in New Richland Thursday
New Richland hosts four teams in the First District, Division II American Legion baseball playoffs Thursday through Sunday.
In first-round games, Lewiston-Altura plays Kasson at 5 p.m. and Stewartville plays St. Charles at 7:30 p.m. The tournament continues Saturday, with the championship game on Sunday.