PREP BASEBALL: RRC/WWG falls to Parkers Prairie in semifinals, finish third at state tournament

Photo by Brennen Rupp RRC/WWG’s Skyler Reddemann delivers a pitch during their game against Parkers Prairie in the state tournament semifinals on Friday. The Falcons fell to the Panthers 8-3.

JORDAN – It wasn’t the win that the 12 seniors on the Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove wanted to end their high school baseball careers, but they can all say they were able to end their careers on a high note. The Falcons defeated Wabasha-Kellogg, 12-0 in five innings in the Class A third place game in Jordan at the Mini Met.

The Falcons started the day by having their 16-game winning streak snapped by Parkers Prairie in the semifinals. The Panthers silenced the Falcon bats, holding them to four hits and retiring the final 13 batters en route to a 8-3 victory.

The Falcons struck first in the opening inning off a Trevor Pederson two-run double with two outs. The Panthers answered back with a pair of runs in their own in the bottom half of the inning to even the game at 2-2.

The Panthers scored one run in the bottom of the second to claim a 3-2 lead. In the third inning it was once again Pederson coming up with a big two-out hit. The senior first baseman drove in the third run of the game for the Falcons on an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3.

The Panthers broke the tie in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a wild pitch.

The Falcons went down 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth inning. Falcons pitcher Skyler Reddemann set down the Panthers in order in the bottom half of the inning.

In the fifth inning the Falcons once again went down in order. The Panthers pushed across two runs in the bottom half of the inning to open up a 6-3 lead.

The Panthers set down the Falcons in order for a third straight inning. With the Falcon bats silenced, the Panthers added two more insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning to open up an 8-3 lead.

Like they had in the previous three innings, the Falcons were unable to start a rally, as they were set down in order to end their hopes of playing in the Class A state championship at Target Field.

The Falcons bounced back to win the third placed game against Wabasha-Kellogg, 12-0.

The Falcons started the game in grand fashion, scoring six runs and bringing 10 batters to the plate in the first inning.

After being held off the board in the second, the Falcons scored three more runs in the third to open up a commanding 9-0 lead.

The Falcons were held scoreless in the fourth, but added three more runs in the fifth inning to take a 12-0 lead. RRC/WWG kept Wabasha-Kellogg off the board in the bottom half of the inning to secure the 12-0 victory in five innings.