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While the top-ranked Chanhassen Red Birds are off to an unbeaten start, seven straight wins, it's how they're doing it that's the big story early on.

Thirty consecutive scoreless innings of baseball, a pair of Region 3B seeding wins, is the talk of Class B.

Thirteen total hits have been allowed over three consecutive shutouts, which included a 2-0 win over Young America June 12 and a 5-0 road victory at Shakopee on June 16.

John Straka threw six shutout innings, giving way to Chris Choles for the three-inning save for the Red Birds against the Indians. Straka struck out five batters in the 76-pitch performance.

Ryan Diers, healthy again after a trying 2018 season, was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs in the ninth spot in the batting order.

Shawn Riesgraf (3-for-4), Brandon Arnold (2-for-5, RBI) and Derek Smith (2-for-4, two runs) were other offensive leaders for Chanhassen.

Miles Nablo, Matthew Smith, Tommy Thompson, and Choles combined for 14 strikeouts of Young America batters in win No. 6.

Riesgraf hit a solo home run with Michael Jurgella (2-for-4) and Garrett Fischer (RBI-sacrifice fly) adding to the final score.

Chanhassen, which played in Victoria on June 18, hosts St. Louis Park on Thursday, June 20 and the Hampton Cardinals on Friday, June 21. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.

Chanhassen is holding a reunion for all former Red Birds on June 21. Admission is free to alumni. A photo of all in attendance is scheduled. Come see old teammates and watch the defending Class B state champions battle for the Birdcage.


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