Van Hee blasts grandslam and finished with five RBI's in 11-1 win over St. James

Junior Jaden Van Hee went 2-for-3 with a grand slam, a double and five RBI to help lead Redwood Valley to an 11-1 rout of visiting St. James Monday afternoon at Memorial Field.

Van Hee tied the score at one with a double to right center in the second and then belted a grand slam as part of a five-run third that put the Cards (2-2) in control. Through the first four games of the season, Van Hee has gone 9-of-11 (.818 batting average) with eight RBI, an .846 on-base percentage and a 1.182 slugging percentage.

It was a nice outing for starter Kyle Lechner who went the distance for the victory, allowing just one earned run on three hits, striking out six and walking none in five innings of work.

Cole Woodford was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Spencer Quast went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Mitch Irlbeck was 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Adam Bommersbach was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, Lechner went 1-for-3 and Alex Louwagie drew a pair of walks.

Friday afternoon the Cardinals rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the sixth to top host YME 7-5 in a non-conference match-up held in Granite Falls. The Cards scored three times in the sixth to tie things up and added three more in the seventh.

Joe Salvati picked up the win in relief of starter Irlbeck, going four innings and allowing one unearned run on four hits, striking out three and walking three. Irlbeck pitched the first three innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits, striking out three and walking six.

Van Hee was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, and Irlbeck went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Louwagie was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI, Bommersbach was 2-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and two runs scored and Lechner went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Quast also finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, and Woodford added a hit.

The Cards opened the season with a 16-6 loss at Worthington. Woodford was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Van Hee was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Bommersbach doubled.

Tuesday afternoon a five-run fourth inning by the visiting Windom Eagles was too much for the Cards to overcome as they fell 8-1 in a Big South Conference match-up. Irlbeck got the start and would suffer the loss, allowing six runs (just one earned as the Cards had five errors) on 10 hits, striking out four and walking two. TJ Crews pitched two innings and allowed two runs (both unearned) on two hits, striking out a pair.

Van Hee kept up his strong start with a 2-for-3 effort and a run scored. Bommersbach was 2-for-3 with a double, Austin Vogland went 1-for-2 and Irlbeck was 1-for-3. The Cards travel to Lakeview Friday for a non-conference match-up.