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Red Devils clinch TCC championship

The Hall Red Devils clinched the Tri-County Conference baseball championship for 2013, defeating Midland 6-0 Monday to finish 7-0 in league play.

Hall coach Tom Keegan, whose Red Devils will become a member of the Three Rivers Conference in 2014, said it is a great way to go out after two years in the TCC.

“With this being our last year, it is a good way to go out,” he said. “This is a conference that has a storied and proud tradition with teams that have made deep postseason runs. Our kids have put it in perspective and are proud to win it, but they also realize that it is not the end all and be all. There is still some season left and they want to finish in a competitive manner.”

Senior ace Brett Fanning pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out 10 batters with two walks.

Taggert Venegas, Danny Nolasco and Miguel Villareal (3 RBIs) led the Red Devils offense with two hits apiece. Ian Trevier also knocked in a run.

Putnam County 4, Princeton 2: The Panthers played its small-ball game to perfection Tuesday evening in Hennepin, getting all four hunts down, including a fourth-inning squeeze by R.J. Copeland. Winning pitcher Harold Fay, striking out five Tigers on a two-hitter.

“Our defense was solid, executed our small ball, had good timely hitting and that’s what you want to see this time of the year,” PC coach Dave Garcia said.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead on base hits by Isaiah Taylor and Matt Hayes. Fay did not give up another the rest of the way, surrendering a run in the seventh.

Evan Kreiser and Christian Carboni had two hits each for PC (16-9).

Hayes took the loss, surrendering six hits and two walks with no strikeouts.

St. Bede 5, Annawan/Wethersfield 1: The Bruins were led by the pitching of Damin Smith, who pitched a three-hit complete game, with four strike outs. Smith moves his record to a 6-0 on the year.

Offensively, the Bruins were led by Bobby Morrow with a single, double and RBI. Steven Ebener had two hits and Damin Smith helped his own cause with a double and 2 RBIs.

The Bruins move to 16-1 and travel to Eureka on Thursday.

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