AMATEUR BASEBALL: Cubs eliminated by Pipestone in extra innings in Game 2
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Cubs season has come to an end with a 7-3 loss to the Pipestone A's in 11 innings in Game 2 of the amateur playoffs Friday night in Worthington.
"I think heading into the playoffs that we felt like we had a decent regular season," Cubs coach Josh Wasmund said. "We played two really good games in the playoffs and both they both could have gone either way.
"I would like to thank all the businesses who sponsored us. We couldn't have done it without them."
The Cubs Mitch Jensen kept the A's off the board in the top of the first, but he gave up two runs in the top of the second to give Pipestone the lead.
Both starting pitchers would duel it out until Worthington tied the game at two with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Jensen would shut down the Pipestone offense in the top of the eighth and the Cubs batters would give him the lead, putting up one run to make the score 3-2 heading into the ninth.
However, Pipestone would tie things up again in the top of the ninth, scoring one run off Jensen. The A's then shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth to force extras.
Nate Harberts would relieve Jensen in the top of the 10th, but he could not hold back the A's. Pipestone scored four unearned runs to take the lead going into the bottom of the frame.
The Cubs tried to battle back and squeeze out a win, but they were unable to score any runs.
Jensen pitched nine innings, giving up four hits, one earned run, and two walks and striking out six batters. Harberts would pick up the loss for the Cubs after pitching the last inning, giving up three walks.
Jensen and Adam Munkel both had two hits for Worthington, while Joey Kinley, Jensen and Wasmund scored the three runs for the Cubs. Nate Harberts, Toby Kerkaert and Jerrad Mienders had the RBIs for the Cubs.
The winning pitcher for the A's was Sam Schneider, who pitched the last two and one-third innings. Colin Taubert scored two runs for Pipestone.
"I wish we were still playing," Wasmund said. "I can't wait until next season starts."
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Heron Lake 9, Minneota 3, F/11
MINNEOTA -- The Heron Lake Lakers scored seven runs in the 11th innings to beat the Minneota Mudhens 9-3 in Minneota Friday, to even the best-of-three series at one game apiece.
Heron Lake scored first, registering one run in the top of the first frame to take the lead. Two and a half scoreless innings would go by before Minneota tied the game at one in the bottom of the fourth.
The Lakers and Mudhens exchanged runs in the fifth to keep the game tied and the pitchers for both teams held strong through the ninth inning, sending the game into extras.
Neither team would score in the 10th inning, which would set up another frame of baseball.
The top of the 11th is when the Lakers' offense woke up, putting up seven runs on six hits against three Minneota pitchers to give Heron Lake a 9-2 lead.
The Mudhens would try to mount a comeback in the bottom of the inning, but the Lakers only gave up one run before closing out the game.
Tom Albrecht got the win for Heron Lake, pitching all 11 innings. He gave up 10 hits, three runs, struck out six batters and walked five.
The losing pitcher for Minneota was Tony Shiakoski who pitched the eighth through 11th innings before giving up four runs in the top of the 11th.
Ike Roger was 3-for-6 while Octavio Jimenez (2-for-4) had a triple in the first and an RBI double to give the Lakers the lead in the 11th. Ben Scheevel (2-for-6) had three RBIs and Kirk McBreen (2-for-6) had a triple, an RBI and scored a run.
Jesus Macias (3-for-6) had two doubles for Minneota while Jason Mackinnon (3-for-4) had two RBIs for the Mudhens. Tyson Sonnenburg was also 2-for-6.
Game 3 for the best-of-three series will be in Heron Lake on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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Minneota 000 110 000 01 -- 3 10 2