6/19/2017 6:50:00 AM Falcons finish third at state baseball
RRC/WWG 201 000 0 = 3-4-0 Parkers Prairie 211 022 x = 8-9-0 Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove saw an early lead slip away Friday afternoon as top-seeded Parkers Prairie advanced to the championship game with an 8-3 win over the Falcons in the Class A state semifinals at Jordan.
The Falcons scored twice in the top of the first off Panther pitcher Andrew Johnson, who started in last year's state finals for Parkers Prairie. Austin Irlbeck drew a one-out walk and Corey Maras singled, setting up a two-run double from Trevor Pederson for a quick 2-0 Falcon lead.
Parkers Prairie answered in the bottom of the first with a pair of hits and a pair of walks to tie the game at 2-2. The Panthers added a run in the bottom of the second for a 3-2 lead.
RRC/WWG battled back, scoring in the top of the third. Maras drew a two-out walk, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a bloop single by Pederson.
But the Falcon offense was silenced the rest of the way as Johnson retired the final 13 hitters he faced in the contest, with many coming on fly balls deep to the outfield.
Parkers Prairie regained the lead in the bottom of the third, then added a pair of runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, including a two-run home run by Johnson in the sixth.
Pederson had two of the Falcons' four hits and drove in all three runs in the loss.
Skyler Reddemann took the pitching loss, working 3-1/3 innings of relief. He allowed three runs on five hits, walked two and struck out one.
RRC/WWG 603 03 = 12-12-1 Wabasha-Kellogg 000 00 = 0-2-6 After losing in the state semifinals, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove took out its disappointment on Wabasha-Kellogg in the Class A State third-place game Friday afternoon in Jordan.
The Falcons scored six runs in the top of the first inning, slugged out 12 hits and cruised to a 12-0, five-inning victory to finish the season as the third-place team in the state with a 24-4 overall record.
RRC/WWG wasted no time getting on the board in the third place game. Taylor Bunting led off the game with a double. Austin Irlbeck reached on a fielder's choice on a sacrifice bunt attempt, with Bunting safe at third. Cole Pankonin was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Corey Maras started the run-scoring barrage with an RBI single, with a second run scoring on an error. Skyler Reddemann followed with an RBI double, moving to third on the throw. Cole Jackson then dropped a squeeze bunt, allowing Reddemann to score. Evan Blomgren singled and advanced on a fielding error. Mitchell Willhite followed with an RBI single.
In the third, Reddemann led off with a double, Jackson singled and Blomgren reached on an error. Willhite then plated a run on a fielder's choice before Irlbeck lined a two-run single to right.
The Falcons capped the scoring in the fifth with a two-out rally. Blomgren singled, Bunting added a two-out single and Irlbeck reached on a dropped fly ball, allowing Blomgren to score. Pankonin then lined a two-run single to right, capping the scoring.
While the Falcon offense was racing to a commanding lead, Reddemann turned in one of the best pitching performances of his career, coaxing groundouts and weak fly balls. Reddemann finished the game allowing just two hits to Wabasha-Kellogg in the shutout win. He walked one and struck out two.
Bunting led the Falcons with three hits in the win. Reddemann and Blomgren each added a pair of hits, while Irlbeck, Pankonin and Willhite each plated two runs.