6/27/2013 2:47:00 PM CF Legion wins both games played
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls American Legion baseball team managed to sneak in two games last week, beating Kenyon-Wanamingo 6-1 and Spooner 1-0.
Noah Callister went all seven innings against K-W, striking out eight. He received all the help he'd need in the first inning, when a walk to Ian Althoff, a single by Callister, a double by Tanner Jackson and a single by Taylor Carlson spotted him a 3-0 lead. Callister and Peter Haggerty had singles in a 3-run sixth inning.
"We haven't opened up a game this strongly all season," coach Bob Brintnall said. "Jackson's double was the shot we needed. Kenyon is a very good team, and kept the pressure on the whole game. They had runners in scoring position four times and came up empty."
Cannon was able to play one game on their yearly trek through Wisconsin, beating a very good Spooner squad.
Spooner's team is comprised of mainly 19-year-olds, some with college talent. Pitchers Austin Jacobs and Hunter Blakeslee combined on a 2-hitter.
The game was scoreless until the 11th. Callister opened with an infield hit, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Bryce Boyle-Hoban's third hit of the game.
Spooner's leadoff hitter doubled in the bottom of the 11th, but catcher Haggerty threw him out on an attempted steal of third. "It was a great throw!" Brintnall said.. "It really helped conserve our win."
Boyle-Hoban had three hits, Jackson two. "Some kids said this was the longest game they'd ever played in," commented Brintnall. "The longer the game went on, the more confident our kids got."
The team lost to Pine Island Monday night, 1-0. Information was not available.
Cannon will play split squad games on Thursday, with one group hosting Goodhue and the other going to Montgomery. Ely is in town on Friday and CF is at Kenyon on Monday, July 1.