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Amateur Baseball: Cubs outlast Mudhens in season opener

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Cubs won their amateur baseball season opener in an 11-9 victory over the Minneota Mudhens Sunday.

"We hit really well as a team today," Worthington manager Josh Wasmund said. "We also played some fairly good defense."

The Mudhens scored the first run of the game in the second, but the Cubs matched their run and added another to take a 2-1 lead.

Worthington's bats really came alive in the third inning when seven runs came across the plate to give the Cubs a 9-1 lead.

Minneota pushed back in the fourth with four runs, but Worthington scored two more runs in the fifth to keep some distance between the two teams.

Neither team scored in the sixth or seventh, but the Mudhens pushed four runs across the plate in the eighth to cut the Cubs lead to two.

"When our pitchers were putting the ball over the plate their pitches were really hard to hit," Wasmund said.

Nate Jensen was credited with the win for the Cubs, while Mitch Jensen picked up the save.

Mitch Jensen went 3-for-5 at the plate, while Cody Melendrez went 3-for-4. Adam Munkel and Wasmund both added two hits.

The Cubs play again Wednesday in Lakefield.


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Heron Lake 3, Windom 1

HERON LAKE -- Matt Franks pitched seven strong innings, and Ike Rogers cracked a pinch-hit, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth to help lift the Heron Lake Lakers to a 3-1 victory over the Windom Pirates in a First Nite League amateur baseball game Sunday afternoon at Laker Field.

Franks struck out eight batters and allowed an unearned run on four hits and four walks to notch the win on the mound. Alex Meyer pitched the final two innings and picked up the save for Heron Lake.

Kirk McBreen and Luke Henkels (RBI) each ripped two hits for the Lakers, while Lon Eichenberger, Tony Jorgensen, Kyle Elder and Marcus Maras all smacked a base hit in addition to the tie-breaking single by Rogers in the sixth.

Kirby Johnson was 2-for-4 with an RBI single to lead Windom at the plate. Kody Johnson, Brett Oltmanns and Tim Larson also had base hits for the Pirates.

Nick Kulseth pitched six quality innings for Windom, with Brad Schlomann working the last two frames. The two combined to strike out four batters and allow two earned runs on nine hits and no walks.

Heron Lake is now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league action. The Lakers host Jackson Sunday.


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Jackson 12, Fox Lake 2

JACKSON -- The Jackson Bulls had five players with multiple hit games in a 12-2 victory over the Fox Lake Foxes Sunday.

The Bulls scored seven runs in the first inning and held the Foxes to just two runs over seven innings for the win.

Jackson takes on Lamberton in a practice game on Wednesday in Lamberton.


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Marshall 16, Hadley 11

MARSHALL -- The Hadley Buttermakers fell to Marshall 16-11 Sunday.

Nick Brunning picked up the loss for Hadley, while Brunning went 2-for-4 at the plate with a grand slam and four RBIs. Joe Larson was 3-for-6 on the day with three runs scored.

The Buttermakers travel to Pipestone Wednesday.


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Marshall 230 122 006 -- 16 15 4

Pipestone 4, Lakefield 3

PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone A's outlasted Lakefield in a 4-3 win Sunday.

Brandon Alfson pitched the final seven innings for the A's, striking out 16 and allowing just one hit.

Greg Quist led the A's at the plate with two RBIs on three hits.

Pipestone hosts Willmar Wednesday.


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