8/1/2013 2:20:00 PM CF Legion ends year in playoffs
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls American Legion baseball team lost a classic pitcher's duel Friday, 2-1 to Kenyon in eight innings. The loss ended the CF season; both teams had one loss in the district tournament, so the winner advanced and the loser went home.
Kenyon opened the scoring in the 2nd, touching Cannon starter Noah Callister for a run. Both teams had runners in scoring position several times over the next four innings, but it wasn't until the 7th that CF scored. In that inning, Callister singled, moved to 2nd on a bunt by Paul Rolfes, and scored on a single by Ian Althoff.
Cannon nearly broke the game open later in that inning. The bases were loaded following a single by Tyler Wilson and Bryce Boyle-Hoban getting hit by a pitch, but the locals couldn't get a clutch hit. Kenyon won it in the 8th on a single, stolen base, passed ball and a single.
"Kenyon is a very solid hitting team, but in the three games we've played them we've only given up 13 hits," commented coach Bob Brintnall. Callister pitched well, giving up six hits while striking out five.
Callister was 2-4 with a walk and a run-scored, Althoff was 1-1 with an RBI, and Wilson, Boyle-Hoban, Hunter Blakeslee and Tanner Jackson were all 1-4.
"I'd like to acknowledge this year's seniors: Wilson, Althoff, Jackson, Rolfes, Callister and Austin Jacobs," Brintnall said. "We have big holes to fill next year. Also thanks to assistant coaches Randy Hartl and Craig Welch."
Cannon Falls finished the season with a 13-8 record.