8/7/2014 3:12:00 PM Bears still one game from state
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls Bears are still one game short of the state tournament, after losing to Hampton in the second round of Region play.
Cannon opened the Region 4C tourney with a 5-1 win over the Minnesota Lake Royals.
Keith Meyers was the star in this one. The southpaw gave up one earned run and four hits while striking out 17, and he went 2-4 at the plate with a double and RBI.
Ryan Brintnall was 3-4 with two RBI and a double, Luke Winchell was 1-5 with a double and RBI, Nate Otto was 1-4, Taylor Pagel 1-3, and Rich Burr 1-3 with an RBI.
The win then pitted the Bears against the Hampton Cardinals, also first-round winners, with the Cardinals coming out on top 8-0.
The game was close until the 6th, when Hampton took a 3-0 lead. The Cardinals added two runs in the 7th and three in the 8th.
Cory Hedeen started and went six innings, giving up three runs. Draftee Kyle Surse gave up two runs in one inning, and Jared Woodward gave up three in his one inning stint. Noah Callister pitched one scoreless inning.
Hampton threw draftee Brett Gwaltney of Lake City, and he cruised through seven. Patrick Strey pitched the final two.
Winchell, Burr, Hedeen and Zeke Williams had hits for Cannon Falls, all singles.
"I thought we played decent ball all weekend," manager Meyers said. "Defensively we made some good plays and overall we pitched OK.
"Hampton just beat us; I didn't think we played as terrible as the score indicates. We were in the game for about six innings, and then they just did the little things you need to win; they came up with two-out hits, something we didn't do. They made plays. We are looking forward to playing solid baseball on Saturday to claim a berth in the state tournament."
The Bears play the Waterville Indians Saturday at Hampton, at 2 p.m. The winner joins Hampton in the state tournament.