The Cannon Falls Bears went 3-1 in four games this past week which included their annual Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament, where they were 2-1.
The Bears blew out the Bay City (WI) Bombers 13-6 on Wednesday, June 15. They then defeated the Wanamingo Jacks 3-2 in eight innings (the game was scheduled for seven innings) as Cannon Falls walked it off to open the tournament on Friday at John Burch Park. They beat the Metro Merchants 9-2 in seven innings on Saturday to set up a showdown with the Stewartville-Racine Sharks on Sunday. However, the Sharks took home the tournament championship with a 5-3 victory over the Bears in the heat Sunday afternoon.
Cannon Falls is now 8-7 overall and 3-5 in the Classic Cannon Valley League. The Bears host the Faribault Lakers on Wednesday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. They then welcome the Prior Lake Mudcats to Cannon Falls Friday night and play at Veterans Park in Hastings against the Hawks on Sunday.
Cannon Falls put away the Bombers early as they scored three runs in the bottom of the second, third, fourth and sixth innings on their way to the 13-6 victory Wednesday.
Jayden Burr got the start for the Bears and went five innings for the win. He allowed two runs – only one earned – on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Derek Johnson pitched three innings in relief and gave up two earned runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Luke Winchell threw the ninth and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk.
Cooper Peterson and Geno Larking each had three RBIs to lead Cannon Falls at the plate. Larkin went 3-for-3 with two walks, Hayden Strain was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and Nick Drinken was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Johnson had an RBI and three runs scored as he went 2-for-5 and Riley Miller had a pair of RBIs.
The Bears struck early with a run in the bottom of the first against the Jacks. It stayed 1-0 Cannon Falls until the top of the fifth when Wanamingo tied the game. The Bears answered in the bottom of the sixth to go up 2-1 but again the Jacks tied the game in the top of the seventh to send the game into extra innings before Cannon Falls walked it off for the 3-2 win.
Drinken pitched all eight innings for the win and gave up just the two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk with 10 strikeouts. Scott Peterson led the Bears with two hits and two RBIs and was the lone Cannon Falls player with multiple hits. Miller, Luke Sjoquist, Brock Peterson and Peter Haggerty all added one hit while Brock Peterson had the team’s other RBI.
Cannon Falls exploded for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to hop on the Merchants right away Saturday and then added three more runs in the bottom of the third on the way to the 9-2 win. The Merchants scored a run in the top of the fourth and fifth innings.
The Bears racked up 11 hits in the win, led by Haggerty, Drinken and Sjoquist with two hits apiece. Strain had two RBIs while Marcus Banks and Cooper Peterson each had one. Merchants starter Phil Wall allowed seven runs but only three were earned as they committed a pair of errors.
Keith Meyers went the distance in the seven-inning game to earn the win where he allowed the two earned runs on eight hits with nine strikeouts.
The Bears trailed the entire way Sunday against Stewartville-Racine. The Sharks scored a run in the top of the first and four more in the top of the third for their five runs. Cannon Falls answered in the bottom of the third with three runs to cut the deficit to 5-3, but that was the extent of their comeback.
Quinton Lindow got the start for the Bears but went just three innings where he gave up five earned runs on nine hits and a walk. He was relieved by Jayden Burr who threw the final four innings and allowed just a hit and two walks with five strikeouts.
Brock Peterson and Carlton Lindow each had two hits while Peterson had two of the team’s three RBIs. Peter Haggerty had the other RBI and Sjoqiust, Larkin, Strain, Drinken, Rich Burr and Scott Peterson all had a hit apiece.