The Cannon Falls American Legion baseball team squeezed in four games last week, winning one.
CF split its team into two squads Thursday, one facing Montgomery and the other Goodhue. Both Cannon Falls teams lost.
It took extra innings for Montgomery to win, 3-2, after Cannon held a 1-0 lead through five innings. Two Cannon Falls errors in the 10th, along with a hit-batsman, led to the loss.
Noah Callister started and went seven innings, striking out nine. Brock Peterson, in his first pitching action of the season, was saddled with the loss.
Cannon's runs came in the 3rd and 5th innings. In the 3rd, Peter Haggerty doubled and scored on a single by Tanner Jackson; and in the 5th, Tyler Wilson singled and scored on an error.
The other game saw CF losing to Goodhue, 4-2.
Hunter Blakeslee was 1-3 with an RBI, Bailey Mills 1-3, and Tanner Carlson a single and RBI. Quinton Lindow, Blakeslee and Carlson all pitched.
"It's been five years since we lost to Goodhue, so I guess we were due," said coach Bob Brintnall. "We like to do the split-squad games so we can get guys comfortable in game situations before playoffs roll around. It was a good experience for our younger guys; they worked hard but just didn't get it done."
Taylor Carlson scattered seven hits Friday, as Cannon beat visiting Ely 6-2. Ely, the #8 ranked team in the state, was on a road trip through southern Minnesota.
Brintnall said it was his team's best effort of the season, with 10 hits. Bryce Boyle-Hoban had three hits, Blakeslee had two, Peterson had two RBI, and Austin Jacobs had two hits.
"Some games everything clicks," Brintnall said. "Carlson kept Ely off-balance, and Jacobs had a nice 'lay-out' catch that led to a double play. We pounded the ball, and had multiple hits in every inning but one."
That offense ground to a halt Monday, in a 1-0 loss to Kenyon-Wanamingo.
Cannon pitchers Jacobs and Levi Prestegard combined in a 2-hitter, but Prestegard was hung with the loss. Boyle-Hoban, Haggerty, Blakeslee and Paul Rolfes all had hits.
"Not many times you combine for a 2-hitter and lose," Brintnall said. "K-W is tough to beat at home. This is our fourth 1-0 game this year.
"We've had some summer surprises. Haggerty, Boyle-Hoban and Blakelsee, all underclassmen, have been our hitting nucleus. Haggerty has been outstanding behind the plate; he has thrown out six of 10 runners this season."
Cannon is host to Zumbrota-Mazeppa in a doubleheader Monday, July 8. They go to Prescott Wednesday, July 10, and Prescott comes to Cannon Falls on Tuesday, July 16.