Friday Class C roundup from Dundas: Johnson pitches Red Wing past Watkins

By Mike Randleman

ScoreMonster contributor

Photos via Jim Wellbrock Photography

Aaron Johnson confessed he didn’t know if he’d pitch again.

In an on-field interview after being named player of the game, the Red Wing Aces pitcher told the crowd he recently recovered from a second Tommy John elbow surgery that cast doubt into his amateur baseball prospects. The first surgery came more than a decade ago pitching for Southwest Minnesota State University.

Johnson’s not only still pitching. He’s dealing.

The left-hander tossed a two-hitter in a 1-0 win for the Aces (19-17) Friday night over the Watkins Clippers (20-9).

Johnson settled in after hitting a batter on the first pitch of the game to strikeout 10 and issue two walks on 131 pitches.

Marcus Walm is batting over .400 on the season and climbing for Red Wing. He went 3-for-3 and lined a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to drive in Brodie Smith, who had the team’s other hit.

Justin Tompson nearly went toe-to-toe in the pitchers’ duel. The Watkins right-hander went all eight innings, allowing four hits and a walk along with five strikeouts.

Tompson fared well in place of the Clippers’ ace left-hander and state tournament stalwart, Matt Geislinger, who was out due to injury.

This was Red Wing’s first state tournament win since 2019, when it beat Watkins 4-0 in the round of 16. 

Red Wing advances to the round of 16 to play 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at Bell Field in Faribault. It will take on the winner of the Loretto Larks and Bird Island Bullfrogs who play 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Dundas.

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