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Amateur baseball: Cubs come back to beat Pipestone

PIPESTONE — It took a late comeback, but Worthington picked up its second straight win Sunday in an interleague contest at Pipestone.

The Cubs scored all six of their runs in the final three innings to overcome the A’s and take a 6-4 victory.

It started out as a pitcher’s duel between Adam Munkel of the Cubs and Pipestone’s Austin Evans. Both hurlers threw zeroes in each of the first four innings before the A’s bats finally broke through on Munkel in the home half of the fifth.

Pipestone scored four in the frame, taking advantage of a Worthington error that opened the door for three of those runs, to take a 4-0 lead. But the Cubs came right back with three in the sixth to get within one.

They tied it in the seventh to force extra innings and continued to roll in the eighth.

Munkel helped his own cause with a leadoff single before Josh Wasmund smacked a double to push him home. Ryan Swanson followed with a single before Nate Jenson slapped an RBI single that scored Wasmund and put the Cubs on top for good at 6-4.

Munkel went the distance for Worthington, going all eight innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out six. Evans threw seven-plus innings for the A’s, allowing six earned on 12 hits and fanning six. Danny Moffitt came in to record the final three outs.

Munkel also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Wasmund was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored with Swanson adding a 2-for-4 showing of his own.

The Cubs (6-10 overall) will travel to Fairmont for a 7:30 p.m. contest Wednesday before hosting Adrian at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.


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Wilmont 13, Hadley 10

HADLEY — In a high-scoring First Nite League affair, Wilmont’s eight-run sixth proved to be the difference.

Hadley made a valient comeback effort, but the Cardinals’ 13-2 lead was too much to overcome as Wilmont held on for a 13-10 win.

The Cardinals scored five in the first and eight in the sixth to take the big lead. Hadley got three back in the seventh and five in the eighth, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback.

Justin Saufley got the win for Wilmont, pitching seven and two-thirds before Lucas Henning came in for the save. Colby Pack took the loss for the Buttermakers.

Joe Ahrens had three hits, two runs and an RBI for Wilmont. Henning added three hits, one of which was a home run, and drove in two. Joe Krivarchka had four RBIs and a triple. Nate Wieneke had a pair of doubles for Hadley with Nick Bruning adding three hits.


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Heron Lake 2, Tracy 1 (9 inn)

HERON LAKE — Octavio Jiminez dashed home for the game-winning run Sunday as Heron Lake picked up a home win over Tracy in extra innings.

An errant throw on a flyball to shallow right allowed Jiminez to score from second to give the Lakers a 2-1, walk-off win.

It was the end to a big game for Jiminez. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in the fourth. Alex Meyer added a triple for the Lakers.

Meyer got the win on the mound in relief, throwing two innings and allowing two hits while striking out two. Lon Eichenberger stuck out four over seven innings in a no-decision.

Dean Rohlik picked up a no-decision for the Express, pitching seven innings, striking out three and allowing one earned run. Shay Wabake took the loss.


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Milroy 14, Heron Lake 4

HERON LAKE — The Lakers’ good fortune from the first game of the day didn’t carry over to the nightcap. Milroy put up seven runs in the fifth inning to run away with a 14-4 win.

The Irish were the first to score, but Heron Lake got three in the home half of the second to briefly claim a 3-2 lead. Milroy added two in the third and three in the fourth before exploded for seven in the fifth to put it away.

Isaac Dolan got the win for the Irish, pitching six innings, striking out seven and allowing four runs. Garet Rogers went four innings in the loss for Heron Lake. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits.

Dominic Doland was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a double for Milroy. Tyler Peterson, Anthony Doland and Derek Riley had two hits each.

Ike Rogers led Heron Lake at the plate. He was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Meyer legged out a double with Garet Rogers adding an RBI.


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Hadley 24, Pipestone 1

HADLEY — The Buttermakers were dominant and then some Saturday in a home thrashing of Gopher League foe Pipestone.

Hadley scored eight runs in two of the first three innings to grab hold of a 16-0 lead. That eventually turned into a 24-1 victory for the Buttermakers.

The Buttermakers got the bats warmed up right away, plating eight runs in the opening frame. They added eight more to that total in the home half of the third.

Pipestone finally got a run in the top of the sixth when Phil Madson wheeled around to score, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Justin Riensma went seven innings to get the Buttermaker win. He allowed one earned run and struck out six. Matt Haroldson was stuck with the loss for the A’s.

Trent Carlson was 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Hadley.Zach Bruns was 3-for-3 with four RBIs with Wieneke pounding a grand slam. Bruning was also 2-for-4 with a home run and two driven in.

Madson had two hits for Pipestone.


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Zach Hacker

Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.

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