The Rochester Redhawks rode strong pitching by Michael Bigalk and Levi DeYoung to beat the Rochester Eagles 1-0 in American Legion baseball on Tuesday.
Bigalk pitched 6 1/3 innings before giving way to DeYoung. Bigalk allowed just two hits, while walking three and striking out six.
"Michael Bigalk was fantastic," Redhawks coach Tom Senne said. "He kept their hitters off-balance all game. He does it by pitching, not throwing. He is smart and has really developed into a big-game pitcher."
Senne was also thrilled with the pitching of DeYoung.
"Levi DeYoung has become a late-inning magician," Senne said. "Again, he doesn't receive the recognition he deserves because of early high school struggles, but has really turned into a shut-down pitcher. He entered the game in the seventh with one out, a guy on second, and a 1-1 count. He struck out the next two batters."
Nolan Jurgenson and Matthew Sather each had one hit for the Eagles. Brady Kraling was excellent pitching for the Eagles, allowing just three hits and one unearned run over five innings.
Brevin Goetz, Bryce Baker and Bigalk each had a hit for the Redhawks, who moved to 2-5 in the First District and 7-10 overall.
"The Eagles are a good team with a lot of strong baseball players," Senne said. "We did the little things right today to beat them."
Redhawks 1, Eagles 0
Redhawks: Brevin Goetz 1-for-2; Bryce Baker 1-for-3 1 R; Michael Bigalk 1-for-3. Pitchers: Michael Bigalk 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; Levi DeYoung 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
Eagles: Nolan Jurgenson 1-for-1; Matthew Sather 1-for-3. Pitchers: Brady Kraling 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Will Kopischke 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.