Before the season began, Red Wing co-head baseball coach Kyle Blahnik said pitching had better be the dominant aspect for the Wingers early in the season. One game in and it’s safe to say so far, so good as Red Wing shut out Albert Lea 8-0 in both teams’ first game of the season Saturday at the Ath.
Not only did Red Wing pitch a shutout, they allowed only one hit and just three total baserunners. Much of that credit can go to Drew Ball, who pitched the first six innings and struck out 12 batters while allowing one hit and walk apiece. Cooper Chandler came in to close the final inning out and struck out another two batters while issuing one walk.
On the offensive side, Red Wing’s bats were fairly lively as well, particularly the middle of the lineup. Evan Petersmeyer was the leader of that group with a team-leading four hits and three RBI. The only other Wingers to record a multi-hit game were Reese Tripp and Chandler — each with two hits. Only three Wingers went without a base hit, and one of those — Deso Buck — still scored two runs after taking a walk and reaching on a fielder’s choice.
So while Albert Lea struggled at the plate, Red Wing scored one run in each of the second and third innings and piled on three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to build up their 8-0 lead.
Individually, Red Wing’s No. 2-5 batters in the lineup astonishingly combined to go 9-of-11 at the plate. The rest of the lineup went 2-for-17.
Red Wing, 1-0, is next scheduled to host Winona on Tuesday.