7/31/2014 1:46:00 PM Bears take the "C" league title
by Mike Dalton
The Cannon Falls Bears beat the Hampton Cardinals twice and the Randolph Railcats once to claim the CCVL league "C" championship, earning the top seed from the league in the upcoming Region 4C tournament.
Cory Hedeen got things off on the right track, pitching six shutout innings on Tuesday, July 22, to beat the Railcats 14-0. Austin Jacobs threw one scoreless inning of relief.
Hedeen struck out seven and gave up only five hits, all singles.
Nate Otto was 2-3 with a home run and three RBI, Rich Burr 1-3 with a home run and RBI, Luke Winchell 1-3 with a home run and RBI, Keith Meyers 2-4 with a double and two RBI, Taylor Pagel 2-2 with an RBI, and Hedeen 1-4.
Meyers and Pagel each had three hits Wednesday night in a 6-5 win over the Cardinals, with the winning run crossing in the bottom of the 9th. A two-out single by Pagel scored Jamie Stay with the winning run. The win clinched the Bears a spot in the region tournament.
Meyers struck out 11, giving up five runs (three earned) in nine innings. He gave up nine hits and walked two.
Pagel, Brandon Voth and Hedeen all had doubles. Otto finished with two hits, as did Voth and Hedeen. Winchell had a hit.
After Hampton beat Lake City to clinch a spot in regions, the Cardinals and Bears squared off Saturday. Hampton would have to beat CF twice that day to take the top spot, but it didn't happen. The Bears won, 4-3.
Jared Woodward started and went seven strong innings before tiring in the 8th. He gave up two runs that inning. Winchell came on in relief in that inning and got out of a bases loaded jam.
Things got hairy again in the 9th, when Hampton advanced a runner to 3rd base. A suicide-squeeze play was botched, and CF got an out after trapping the runner in a rundown.
Winchell and Noah Callister had two hits each, and Voth, Burr, Pagel and Zeke Williams had one each. Callister, Voth and Winchell had doubles.
Cannon Falls now faces Minnesota Lake on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Waterville, at 7 p.m. Hampton squares off against Waterville at 4 p.m. the same day. Games continue through that weekend, and spill over into the weekend of Aug. 9-10. The championship game is slated for 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10.