AMATEUR BASEBALL: Cubs mess with the Bulls, get the horns
WORTHINGTON -- Some days things just do not go your way. That was the case for the Worthington Cubs Wednesday night when they were blown out by the Jackson Bulls 23-0 in seven innings in Worthington in First Nite League amateur baseball action.
"We have to come out ready to play [next game]," Cubs manager Josh Wasmund said.
Jackson opened up the scoring early in the first inning, scoring three runs before the Cubs could register an out. Worthington pitcher Adam Munkel allowed eight runs on seven hits with Andy Wolf capping off the scoring with a two-RBI triple and then scoring on a throwing error to third.
"They had a few mishaps that we took advantage of," Jackson coach Andy Wolf said. "Then we just started hitting the ball and putting it in play."
The Bulls not only had success at the plate, but also on the mound. Pitcher Ryan Rasche had a seven-inning complete-game shutout, while fanning 10 batters and only allowing two hits and one walk.
"It felt good, felt really good," Rasche said. "I got good run support early on and from there it was just a matter of throwing strikes and letting the defense make plays behind me."
Jackson added three more runs in the top of the third behind a Pat Reints' two-out double that scored two runs to put the Bulls up 12-0.
"We just put the pressure on them and got guys on," Wolf said. "We kept putting the ball in play."
Worthington went through three relief pitchers after Munkel was pulled after the third inning. But where Munkel and the Cubs' struggle, Rasche continued to dominate, throwing eight of his 10 strikeouts in the last four innings.
"I felt a little bit loose, but I like to play games like they are one-run games all the time," Racshe said. "That usually tends to help come playoff time where it is always a battle."
The Bulls looked to be threatening again in the top of the fourth before shortstop Joey Kinley made a diving catch to start a double play to get two outs. But Jackson could only be held back for one more inning when a ground rule double and a fielding error scored another run for the Bulls and put a runner on third.
Following a sac fly and a walk, Jackson's Caleb Rossow smashed a double to the fence and was driven in one batter later on a double from Jason Cook. That put the Bulls up 15-0 before Wolf hit a sac fly to score Cook from third, pushing their lead to 16.
"I think they were getting a little frustrated," Wolf said. "We weren't doing anything to offend them. We were taking it one base at a time. We didn't try to force the issue."
After another stellar inning of pitching from Rasche, Jackson used two walks, a hit batter and a single to load the bases for Rossow, who singled to the outfield to score another run. After a pitching change, the Bulls put together three consecutive hits -- a single and two doubles -- to put up another five runs on the Cubs. That put Jackson up 23-0, which would be the final score.
In the bottom of the seventh, Rasche again came up big for the Bulls forcing two flyouts and getting his 10th strikeout to end the game in seven.
Wolf went 4-for-5 with five RBIs to lead the Bulls, while Cody Melendrez and Mitch Jensen got the only hits for Worthington.
Worthington will be in action again in a doubleheader on Sunday night against Fairmont at 1 p.m. and Heron Lake at 4:30 p.m.
There will also be a pork chop bar fundraiser to support the Cubs before and during the two games, with free admission for all those who attend.
"The fundraiser will start a little before the first game and will hopefully go through the second, unless we run out," Wasmund said.
R H E
Jackson 813 004 7 -- 23 19 0
WGTN 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3
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Wilmont 4, Pipestone 1
WILMONT -- Justin Saufley went all nine innings, giving up one run on six hits, while striking out 12 and walking none for Wilmont in amateur baseball action Wednesday.
Saufley was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI at the plate to go along with hits from Jay Scheidt, Steven Kremer, Stuart Rogers and Adam Diekmann for the Cardinals.
Sam Schneider had a triple and Greg Quist struck out seven in seven innings to pick up the loss for Pipestone.
R H E
Pipestone 100 000 001 -- 2 6 2
Wilmont 200 020 00X -- 4 7 2
Hadley 6, Minneota 3
MINNEOTA -- Justin Reinsma struck out eight in seven innings to get the win and Alex Van'p Hof struck out five in two innings to get the save for Hadley (5-10, 5-6) in amateur baseball action Wednesday.
Joe Larson went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, Max Zwart went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jamie Boelter went 1-for-2 with an RBI to lead Hadley at the plate.
R H E
Hadley 200 400 000 -- 6 9 1
Minneota 003 000 000 -- 3 11 1
Worthington Area black sweeps Saint James
SAINT JAMES --Worthington Area black won 11-4 and 6-5 over Saint James in 14-and-under softball action Wednesday.
Katie Rogers struck out three and walked two to get the win in Game 1, while Allie Bruns, Rachel Koller and Erica Schutte each had RBIs for Worthington Area (10-1).
Worthington Area scored three, two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth of Game 2 to get the win.
Katie Rogers drove in Allie Bruns and Ida Rogers-Ferguson drove in two with a triple to give Worthington Area the win.
Rogers-Ferguson struck out nine and walked two to get the win on the mound.