The Faribault Falcons baseball team recognized their six seniors Monday before their final game of the season at Bell Field.

Tri-City United defeated the Falcons 4-3 in a very entertaining game aired on KDHL Radio.

Ayden Qualey, senior, went the first six innings on the mound for Faribault and left the game with his team down 2-1.

Qualey threw 103 pitches, 60 for strikes with 6 strikeouts, 3 walks, 6 hits allowed.  A 31 pitch sixth inning and 25 pitch third inning proved costly in terms of going the distance.

Nolan Readmond, senior, started on the hill for the Titans and went five innings with 5 hits allowed, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 run.

Chris Johnson, senior, finished the game by throwing the last two innings with 2 runs allowed, no strikeouts, a hit batter, 2 hits allowed while throwing 29 pitches, 19 strikes.

Michael Crone pitched the final inning for Faribault with a strikeout, 3 hits, 2 runs allowed.

tri-City United scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning when #8 hitter in the lineup Devin Whiteis. senior, smacked a single.  Dylan Hollom, senior, followed with a bunt that resulted in a throw out of Whiteis at second base.

Caden O'Malley, senior, walked.  Dylan Westerman, junior, had an infield hit to load the bases and on the play the Falcons second baseman tried to flip the ball to get Westerman but threw it over the first baseman allowing Hollom to score.

Following a walk Qualey got a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

Faribault answered with a run in the fourth inning.  Michael Crone clubbed a one out single.  Hudson Dillon followed with a single and Owen Amelkovich smacked a RBI single.  A walk of Ben Cuniff loaded the bases.

Faribault proceeded to do it's Minnesota Twins impression by not scoring with the bases loaded thanks to back-to-back strikeouts.

The Titans added a run in in the sixth inning.  Johnson opened the inning with an infield single.  Following a fly out Readmond hit a single and Parker O'Malley, 8th grade, hammered a RBI single to knock in the go ahead run.

Tri-City United added two run with two outs in the top of the 7th.

Crone retired the first two batters before Westerman hit a 0-2 count pitch for a single to right field.  He would steal second base for the third time and score on a single by Johnson.

Johnson would steal second in front of a Maxwell Krautkremer, junior, 0-2 count RBI single.

Faribault opened the bottom of the seventh with Jake Scherf, senior, getting on base due to an error.  Cameran Helgeson, senior, was hit by a pitch.

#9 hitter Riley Mason, senior hit a single to load the bases with nobody out in a 4-1 game.

Ben Stoessel hit the baseball very hard at the pitcher who looked to third base then turned his attention to first base and got the runner at first for a double play.

Qualey hit a 2 RBI single to make thew score 4-3 before a fly out ended the game.

The six seniors honored included Ayden Qualey, Adam Burns, Riley Mason, Owen Hanson, Cameran Helgeson and Jake Scherf.

Faribault is now 2-16. TCU improved to 10-7.

The Titans play at Waterville-Elysian-Morristown Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.

Faribault goes to Winona Tuesday, May 23, 2023 for a doubleheader to end the regular season.  Section 1AAA starts competition on Saturday.

Our Malecha's Auto Body of Faribault Crunch Time Faribault players of the game were Mason with two hits and Qualey with two hits and 2 RBI.

The Cashwise Foods and Pharmacy of Owatonna Delivery of the game award went to TCU right fielder Maxwell Krautkremer for an incredible catch in the right center field gap to rob Crone of a hit in the first inning.  It was awesome.

Here are other baseball scores from Monday:

  • Rochester Mayo   6   Northfield   3
  • Northfield   7    Rochester Mayo   0      the split means a tie for Big 9 title for Raiders and Spartans
  • Rochester Century 3   John Marshall   2
  • Byron   6   Winona   5
  • New Prague   8   Mankato West   0
  • Maple River   6   Medford    1
  • Lyle/Pacelli   14   Goodhue   0
  • LeSueur-Henderson   12    Waseca   9
  • Rosemount    12      Apple Valley    4
  • Eagan   8    Prior Lake   7
  • Cannon Falls   13    St. Croix Lutheran    0
  • Lakeville North   7   Eastview    4
  • Lakeville South   4   Farmington   3
  • Shakopee   2   Burnsville   1
  • Spring Grove   12   Glenville Emmons/Alden-Conger    2
  • Stewartville   6   Plainview-Elgin-Millville   2
  • Albert Lea   6   Worthington   3
  • Chatfield   7   LaCrescent    3
  • Southwest Christian   2   Belle Plaine    1
  • Owatonna   3   Park of Cottage Grove   2
  • Kasson-Mantorville   8   Hayfield    3
  • Red Wing   7    Hill-Murray    5

Area fastpitch softball scores:

Section 1A West:

  • Bethlehem Academy   14   Lyle/Pacelli    0
    Hayfield   11   Waterville-Elysian-Morristown    1
  • Kenyon-Wanamingo   13   Glenville-Emmons/Alden-Conger   0
  • United South Central   16   J-W-P    1

Section 1A  East:

  • Wabasha-Kellogg   12   Mabel-Canton   6
  • Houston    5     Fillmore Central/Lamnesboro    4
  • Goodhue   2   Rushford-Peterson    1
  • Southland   16    Spring Grove    1

Section 1AA West:

  • Cannon Falls    18    Triton     0
  • Zumbrota-Mazeppa   12   GMLOK    1
  • Blooming Prairie    6    Pine Island   5


  • Dover-Eyota   6   Rochester Lourdes   5

Section 1AA   East:

  • Caledonia   4   Chatfield   0
  • Cotter    5   P-E-M     2
  • St. Charles   6   Lake City   1
  • LaCrescent   5    Lewiston-Altura    3

Mankato East   7   New Ulm    4

Section 1AAA bracket released Monday.  Faribault received #4 seed and hosts Stewartville 5pm, Tuesday, May 23, 2023.  Winner goes to Austin to play top seed Winona Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.

#2 seed Byron hosts Austin Tuesday

#3 seed Kasson-Mantorville has Red Wing come to their field Tuesday.

Winners of those games go to Austin for 3:30 p.m. game Thursday.

It is a double elimination tournament all the way.

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