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KIP KOVAR Sports Editor YOUNG AMERICA – The matchup between the Young America Cardinals and Watertown Red Devils has become an exciting rivalry over the past few seasons. Two of the teams in the Crow River Valley League, there’s no shortage of drama and exciting moments when the two collide. In this season’s matchup, it was the Car- dinals who had the bats working as they picked up a 10-5 win over the Red Devils at home June 8. After Watertown grabbed an early 1-0 lead, it was Young America who grabbed control of the game later on. An RBI single from Blake Pistulka in the bottom of the second tied the game, and the Cardinals were just getting started. After leaving the bases loaded in the second and being re- tired in order in the third, Hunter Rickaby started a big inning for the Cardinals in the bottom of the fourth. A leadoff single from Rickaby started things off for Young America. Josh Lenz then blasted a two-run home run, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. Young America didn’t stop there. RBI singles from Pistulka and Matt Mann ex- tended the lead to 5-1. Brice Panning then kept things rolling with a two-run home run, making it 7-1 Cardinals as they struck for six runs in the inning. A solo home run from Zach Iten brought Watertown back within five, but it was Lenz who stole the show again in the bot- tom of the fifth. Lenz stole home to Young America’s eighth run of the game to ex- tend their lead back to six. Watertown once again tried to rally back. A solo home run from Pat Tschida brought them within five again, but that’s as close as they would get. Young America would score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cushion their lead and it was needed. With the bases loaded and one out, Ben Theisen kept the Red Devils alive with a single to score two making it a 10-5 game. Looking to rally in the top of the 9th, Watertown had two runners on and two outs for Ben Smith. Smith nearly brought Watertown within reach but flew out to Cole Peters in right field against the wall as Young America held on for the big win. June 17 2021 Crow River Review Volume 20, Number 4 www.CRVLbaseball.com hutchhealth.com ������������� �������������������������� ������������ � ������������������������������������������������ ����������������������������� ��������������������������� ��������� ����������������������� ������������������������������������������������ 7416 80th St, Glencoe, MN, 55336 320-864-6754 www.bergman ninteriors.com �������� ���������� ����������� �������������� ���������� ������������������ ������������� ���������� �������������������� �������������������� Standings through Monday, June 14 SOUTH CRVL STANDINGS Carver .................................7-3 – Young America ............... 5-3 1 Brownton.......................... 5-4 1.5 Cologne............................. 5-4 1.5 Plato ................................... 5-4 1.5 Hamburg .......................... 3-6 3.5 Green Isle...........................2-7 4.5 NORTH CRVL STANDINGS Waconia ............................ 8-0 – Watertown ....................... 6-3 2.5 Mayer ................................. 4-4 4 Glencoe ............................. 4-5 4.5 New Germany ................. 4-5 4.5 Winsted ............................. 3-8 6.5 St. Boni................................2-7 6.5 @Kovar_HJSports Upcoming Games Friday, June 18 Waconia at Young America, 7:30 p.m. Mayer at Cologne, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 20 Waconia at Mayer, 2 p.m. Plato at New Germany, 2 p.m. Glencoe at Brownton, 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 Brownton at Waconia, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23 Carver at Young America, 7:30 p.m. St. Boni at Hamburg, 7:30 p.m. Mayer at Green Isle, 7:30 p.m. Cologne at Watertown, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24 Mayer vs. New Germany (at YA) Young America picks up key win over Watertown Josh Lenz got his team fired up after his two-run home run gave the Cardinals a lead in their win over Watertown June 8. PHOTO BY KIP KOVAR

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