7/18/2014 9:41:00 AM Bears edge the Hampton Cardinals
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls Bears clinched the CCVL League "C" title, and beat division rival Hampton on Sunday.
Keith Meyers went the distance, striking out eight and scattering six hits.
Cory Hedeen, Brandon Voth and Rich Burr each had two hits, and Nate Otto, Taylor Pagel, Ryan Brintnall and Meyers had one apiece. Hedeen and Otto had doubles.
"Hampton had some good opportunities to score, but we were able to come up with big outs when we needed to," Meyers commented.
The Bears played Dundas Wednesday night, July 9, and it took 19 innings and 10 pitchers before the Dukes won 8-6.
Cannon had bases loaded and a chance to win late in the epic battle. With one out Dundas brought its rightfielder in to play infield in front of 2nd base. Brintnall hit a hard grounder right to him and he turned an easy double play.
Luke Winchell felt the brunt of the pitching duties, going the final 10-2/3 innings in relief. Jared Woodward started, and Michael Growette and Austin Jacobs pitched in relief.
The Bears had 15 hits. Hedeen was 4-8, Brintnall 3-7. Winchell added two hits, and Zeke Williams, Burr, Voth, Pagel, Meyers and Tyler Boyle-Hoban one each.
"Luke didn't deserve the loss; he threw a great 10+ innings. We just couldn't push a run across," Meyers said.
Seven late-inning runs by the Miesville Mudhens Tuesday night spelled defeat for the Bears, who lost 10-1. The game was 3-1 until the bottom of the 7th.
Hedeen was the starting pitcher, and was hurt by his defense. He gave up seven runs, but only three were earned; Cannon committed five errors.
Voth was 2-4 with a double, and Otto, Brintnall, Boyle-Hoban and Pagel had one hit each.
Only three regular season games remain, all on the road. They were at Northfield on Wednesday and go to Red Wing on Friday and Lake City on Sunday, July 20.