6/13/2014 10:28:00 PM Bears are third at Harrison Memorial
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls Bears played an emotional weekend of baseball, traveling to St. Martin to honor Josh Harrison, who played for both teams. Harrison died November 26, 2013, of an aneurysm.
"Josh Harrison was our first baseman for the last two seasons. His hometown was St. Martin and he played for their amateur team for eight seasons before playing for the Bears," Cannon Falls manager Keith Meyers said.
"We played in St. Martin Friday night in the first round of the Stearns County Classic, and it was the most special game I've ever been a part of. St. Martin did a great job memorializing Josh and honoring him by retiring his jersey. We had Josh announced in our starting lineup as our first baseman and three hitter. Josh wore #15 when he played with the Martins and wore #22 with the Bears so both teams had special jerseys made up featuring those respective numbers which we wore all weekend. We shared good memories of a great friend and teammate, something we won't forget for a long time."
Cory Hedeen and Meyers combined to beat St. Martin 1-0, with Brandon Voth driving in Meyers in the top of the 9th for the only score. Hedeen gave up two hits and struck out five in eight innings, and Meyers pitched a perfect 9th for the save.
Rich Burr had two hits, and Voth, Luke Winchell and Hedeen each had one.
Cannon lost its second game of the weekend, 4-0 to the Midway Snurdbirds.
The Bears had only three hits, one each by Meyers, Voth and Ryan Brintnall. Jared Woodward took the loss, with Austin Jacobs pitching in relief.
Cannon bounced back Sunday, defeating the Lake Henry Lakers 5-4 in extra innings to take third place. A safety-squeeze by Jamie Stay down the first baseline scored the winning run.
Meyers started and went four innings. Nate Otto got the win in relief.
Burr had two hits, and Stay, Hedeen, Voth, Noah Callister and Chris Nobach had one apiece.
The Bears hosted the Prescott Pirates on Wednesday, June 4, losing 4-2.
Tyler Boyle-Hoban started and went three innings, giving up one run. Jacobs took the loss, and Callister and Winchell also pitched in relief.
The Bears host their annual tournament this weekend, with games Thursday-Sunday, June 12-15. The tournament has been renamed the Josh Harrison Memorial Tournament, and all proceeds will be placed in college savings accounts for Harrison's two young children. "We'd love to see some big crowds," Meyers said.
The Bears open the tourney by facing the Eagan Bandits on Thursday at 7:30. The Red Wing Aces and Prescott Pirates play Friday at 6 p.m., and the Minneapolis Cobras and Savage Outlaws play Friday at 8:15 p.m.
The final first round game is Saturday morning at 10 a.m., between the Veseli Warriors and Delano Athletics. Second round and consolation games continue Saturday, with the championship game slated for 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon.