7/24/2014 11:01:00 AM CF Legion alive in District play
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls American Legion baseball team is still alive in the district tournament, after winning two of three games last weekend.
The first win was an easy one - a forfeit by Lester Prairie, who couldn't field a complete team.
Cannon then lost a tough one to Belle Plaine, 4-3 in eight innings.
Singles by Peter Haggerty, Derek Johnson, Quinton Lindow and Brock Peterson plated two runs in the 2nd inning, giving CF an early lead. Lindow and Peterson both had two-out RBI.
CF's final run came in the 5th. Bryce Boyle Hoban walked and scored on a triple by Hunter Blakeslee.
Levi Prestegard was the starting and losing pitcher. He gave up 12 hits and struck out five.
"An entertaining game for fans; two quality teams, both playing at a high level," commented coach Bob Brintnall. "Unfortunately, we couldn't hold the lead. I told the guys we were the best defensive team in the field and we showed it. Levi allowed quite a few hits but he let his defense work behind him. I was proud of our effort."
Cannon had 10 hits in the next round, a 6-inning, 10-0 win over Montgomery.
Quinton Lindow was the winning pitcher, striking out six in six innings.
The locals opened things up in the 3rd inning, scoring four. Prestegard and Garrett Beach reached on base hits, and Boyle Hoban walked to load the bases. Blakeslee and Haggerty followed with RBI singles, and Boyle Hoban and Haggerty scored on passed balls.
Three Montgomery errors and a 2-RBI double by Blakeslee held score six runs in the 6th, ending the game early.
"We seemed to take our BP frustrations out on a good Montgomery team," Brintnall said. "It took us a couple of innings to get going, but we put pressure on every inning and finally broke it open."
Cannon faces Norwood Friday night at 5 p.m. at John Burch Park.