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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Reds take 3-of-4 games over 4 days, record at 5-10

  • Reds get solid starts from different pitchers
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  • The Crookston Reds baseball had a big big few days, winning three of four games. On Friday, the team beat the Fertile Bees 11-0 in Fertile. On Sunday, the team split with the Roseau Royals, losing 5-3 and winning 6-4. On Monday, the Crookston nine beat Larimore 14-2.
    The Reds are now 5-10 on the season and will close out the regular season this weekend with a series against Thief River Falls. On Friday the teams will play in Thief River Falls and on Saturday they will be in Crookston.
    The team from Larimore is dotted with players with Crookston ties as Josh Brehmer is the Crookston Legion baseball coach and Minnesota Crookston shortstop. Kyle Kleven, another UMC player, is the manager and third baseman for Larimore, while Jordan Osmundson, an East Grand Forks product, was on the UMC roster in 2012. Also, Cody Magsam, the Crookston Legion second baseman, played for Larimore Monday.
    Reds vs. Bees
    Crookston took the season series from Fertile by winning two of three games.
    The teams were scoreless through four innings but the Reds broke through for three in the fifth before busting it open with sixth in the eighth inning.
    Dave Grabowski led the team at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored. Paul Smith was 1-for-5 with two RBIs.
    Kiefer Prudhomme got the win on the mound, pitching seven shutout innings and allowing one hit and four walks, while striking out six. Henry Stanaslowski pitched the final inning.
    Reds vs. Royals
    In game one, Roseau jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings and added two in the sixth for the 5-3 win.
    Bill Sullivan pitched all six innings for Crookston, allowing five earned runs on six hits and two walks.
    Skip Toops led the Reds at the dish with two base hits and two RBIs. Kody Kawlewski had a base hit and scored a run, while Sam Brule had a base hit and an RBI.
    In game two, Crookston took a 2-1 lead after the first inning and scored two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings for the 6-4 victory.
    Taylor Morlan started and pitched 4 2-3 innings for the win, allowing four earned runs on three hits and six walks. Toops pitched a perfect 1 1-3 innings before Matt Morin closed it out in the final inning for the save.
    Brule had a two-RBI base hit, while Toops was 2-for-3 at the plate. Paul Smith went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored, while Kawlewski was 2-for-4 with and RBI and two runs scored.
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    A 12-run third inning was more than enough to lift the Reds past Larimore Monday.
    Dillon Nelson pitched all seven innings for the Reds, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks.
    Kawlewski continued his success at the plate, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Brandon Kresl went 1-for-2 with two walks and four RBIs. Nelson and Brule each had two hits in the game.
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