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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Cardinals hope to change fortunes in postseason

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  • Sweeping a twinbill from visiting Redwood Valley, the Worthington Trojans claimed the SWC baseball title for the first time since 1999 Monday night in Worthington.
    Pitching woes continue to plague the Cardinals (4-14) as they fell 9-3 and 12-2 to drop to 3-13 overall and they finish sixth in conference play with a mark of 2-10.
    In game one against the Trojans, Lucas Henning was dominant on the hill, striking out 14 Cardinal batters and allowing just three hits and one earned run.
    Austin Kretsch had an RBI?triple in the third to cut the Trojan lead to 5-1, but the Cards could not put together anything offensively the rest of the way and would lose by six runs.
    In game two, Trojan starter Jon Reller stymied the Cardinal hitters, allowing just one earned run on two hits, striking out eight and walking two.
    Jordan Lund had a two-run double that scored Braydin Kvistero and Dane Olsen in the second with the Cards already trailing 10-0.
    Redwood Valley finished with 14 errors in the two games and have fallen apart in the field late in the season.
    Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Field the Cards wrapped up the regular season with an 11-7, eight-inning loss to Springfield.
    Once again the Cards were in position to claim victory but couldn’t find a way to plate the winning run as the Tigers scored four times in the top half of the eighth to put the game away.
    Beau Stough picked up the loss, allowing nine earned runs on just four hits, striking out seven, walking seven and hitting five batters.
    Kretsch was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and Jordan Ford went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
    Lund blasted a two-run home run and was 1-for-3, and Kvistero went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of walks.
    Devon Sandgren and Colin Bailey each finished 1-for-4 with RBI.
    Redwood Valley now turns its attention to the Section 3AA tournament which gets under way Saturday.
    The Cardinals are the seventh seed in the north half of the Section and face second seed Montevideo at 11 a.m. Saturday in Montevideo.
    The?Thunderhawks sport a 12-6 mark and have won nine of their past 11 but are just 4-3 against Section 3AA foes.  They have losses to New Ulm, Pipestone Area, BOLD and New London/Spicer.
    The winner of the match-up advances to play the winner of the (3)Morris Area/CA vs. (6)RRC/WWG game at approximately 3:30 p.m.
    Marshall (12-4) is the top seed in the north.
    The south half of the bracket is extremely tough, with Fairmont?(18-1) holding down the number one seed followed by New Ulm (14-5), Worthington (13-3) and JCC (12-5).
    Page 2 of 2 - Losers in the first two rounds are eliminated from postseason play.
    SWC Baseball?Final?Standings
    Worthington          10-2    13-3
    Marshall                 9-3    12-4
    JCC                        9-3    12-5
    Luverne                  7-5    14-6
    Pipestone Area      4-8     8-11
    Redwood Valley    2-10    4-14
    Windom Area        1-11    4-12
     
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