AMATEUR BASEBALL: Red Devils get hot in rout of Wildcats

WATERTOWN – There was a bit of a difference between the Watertown Red Devils and Winsted Wildcats when they battled it out in a Crow River Valley League matchup Tuesday night at Highland Park. The Red Devils came in well-rested and ready to go, while the Wildcats came in after a busy weekend that took most of their pitching to get through.

That difference was more than enough for the Red Devils to pounce on, as they cruised to a season sweep over the Wildcats with a 16-3 victory in seven innings.

Jared Duske lines a base hit for the Watertown Red Devils in their 16-3 victory in seven innings over Winsted July 10. Duske and the Red Devils continue to stay hot as they remain atop the CRVL North division with an 11-2 record.

Jared Duske lines a base hit for the Watertown Red Devils in their 16-3 victory in seven innings over Winsted July 10. Duske and the Red Devils continue to stay hot as they remain atop the CRVL North division with an 11-2 record.

With not many pitchers available, the Wildcats turned to Garrett Schultz on the mound, as he was making his first start of the season. After working around a jam in the top of the first and allowing just one run, the Red Devils got to him in the second inning.

The Red Devils (11-2) batted around and scored six runs in the bottom of the second, to take a 7-0 lead after two innings.

After watching the Red Devils put up six runs in their half of the inning, the Wildcats tried to chip away. Three-straight hits from Curtis Herbolsheimer, Garrett Zander, and Luke Thiesen scored a pair of runs for the Wildcats, cutting the deficit to 7-2.

Just like the Wildcats, the Red Devils weren’t afraid to answer, and they did so in a big way. They added six more runs in the bottom of the third inning, three of which came on a home run from Mitch Kelzer, to break the game open.

With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 5-9 on the season, and in a tie with the St. Boni Saints in the CRVL North. The Red Devils improved to 11-2 on the season with the win, and increased their lead in the CRVL North over the Waconia Lakers to 2.5 games. The Red Devils also got some help from the Green Isle Irish Tuesday night. The Irish defeated the Young America Cardinals 5-4 at home, which gives the Red Devils a little more wiggle room down the stretch to get a bye into the Region 7C Tournament.

Three teams receive a bye into the Region 7C tournament, the winner of each division, plus the next best record in the league as a whole. With Watertown’s win combined with Young America’s loss, the Red Devils have some extra breathing room in the Region 7C standings, should they not win the CRVL North.

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