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Amateur baseball: Cubs pitching stymies Pirates, Lakers
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WINDOM — Worthington pitchers Ryan Swanson and Adam Munkel were both on fire Sunday as they led the Cubs to back-to-back shutout victories.


Swanson took the hill in the first game of the day, a 3-0 win over the Windom Pirates. Munkel followed that with a 15-strikeout performance in a 1-0 triumph over the Heron Lake Lakers.

The Cubs put three runs on the board in the top of the first against the Pirates. That was plenty for Swanson; though he did help out his own cause. He finished the game with two hits and an RBI with Erik Jass pounding a run-scoring single in the first as well.

Worthington’s defense gave Swanson plenty of help as he finished the game with a two-hit shutout, striking out two in the process.

Collin Lovell took the loss for the Pirates, allowing two earned runs on five hits and striking out eight over five innings of work.

Perhaps the only thing that could overshadow Swanson’s pitching performance in the opener was that of Munkel in the nightcap. He fanned 15 Lakers and allowed just three hits to out-duel Heron Lake’s Matt Franks in a 1-0 ballgame.

The game was still scoreless going into the sixth inning when Justin Jass pounded an RBI single that scored Gabe VanderVeen for the game’s only run.

Munkel went the distance in the win for the Cubs with Franks also going seven innings. He allowed nine hits and struck out three.

Eric Koob, Munkel and Tristan Sorenson had two hits each for the Cubs.

The Cubs (3-6 overall, 2-5 First Nite League) will try to keep it rolling at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts Tracy in a non-league tilt. Windom is scheduled to host a 7 p.m. FNL contest against Martin County on Wednesday with Heron Lake traveling to Jackson for a 7:30 p.m. league clash.


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Wilmont 18, Adrian 1

Wilmont 12, Lakefield 2

WILMONT — The Wilmont Cardinals used a pair of impressive offensive performances Sunday to sweep their home doubleheader against the Adrian A’s and Lakefield Horned Frogs.

In the opener, Wilmont put up eight runs in the first inning on its way to an 18-1 league win over Adrian. The Cards followed that up with a 12-2 home win over the Horned Frogs as both games were finished in just five innings.

Nick Ahrens was the beneficiary of all that run support in game one. He allowed no runs and only three hits while striking out three in the win. Justin Saufley picked up three hits at the plate, including a home run and a double, while driving in six runs. Five other Cardinals slammed two hits.

Ross Ackerman took the loss for Adrian.

In the second game of the day, Lakefield briefly held a 2-1 lead before a four-run third gave Wilmont the lead and a six-run fifth ended it.

Adam Diekman got the win, allowing two runs and striking out three. Blake Rogers smacked three hits, scored four times and hit a homer for the Cardinals. Jay Scheidt also had three hits and drove in one run.

Phil Pronk took the loss for the Horned Frogs.


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Fairmont 7, Hadley 6 (10 innings)

Hadley 7, Lakefield 1

HADLEY — The Hadley Buttermakers recovered from an extra-inning heartbreaker against Fairmont on Saturday with a 7-1 non-league win over Lakefield at home on Sunday.

The Horned Frogs took a 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning Sunday, but Hadley took it back for good with a three-run second. Justin Reinsma went into cruise control the rest of the way as he held Lakefield off the scoreboard.

Reinsma got the win, giving up no earned runs and striking out seven. Nate Wieneke was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Buttermakers. Nick Bruning and Chris Halbur were both 2-for-3.

Dustin Pronk went five innings in the loss for Lakefield. Taylor Christopher was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.

The win came one day after the Buttermakers took a tough, walk-off loss at Fairmont.

Trailing 5-3 going into the ninth, Hadley plated three in the top of the inning to take a 6-5 lead. The Martins got a single run in the bottom of the frame to send it to extras.

With one out in the home half of the 10th, Jay Ruen blasted a solo home run to give Fairmont the walk-off win.

Bruning took the loss for Hadley, allowing just that one hit in one and one-third innings of relief work. Adam Schmidt got the win for the Martins.

Bruning was 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs, a home run, a double and two runs scored. Colby Pack finished 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI.


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Luverne 3, Heron Lake 1

HERON LAKE — A pair of runs in the second inning were enough to propel the Luverne Redbirds to a 3-1 non-league win over Heron Lake Sunday in a seven-inning matinee.

The Lakers got a single run in the bottom of the first, but Codie Zeutenhorst shut them down from there on his way to the victory on the pitching rubber.

Zeutenhorst went five-plus innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits while striking out five.

Brian Beuning came in to pitch in a tight spot for the Redbirds. He entered with Lakers on first and third and nobody out in the sixth and proceeded to strike out the side. Five of the six outs he recorded in the two-inning save were by way of the strikeout.

Alex Meyer went all seven in the loss for Heron Lake. He gave up two earned runs on six hits and struck out four.

Zeutenhorst had a strong day at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Connor Fitzer and Tony Sandbulte were both 2-for-3 with a double.

Joey Kinley went 2-for-3 for for the Lakers with Lucas Knutson scoring his team’s only run.


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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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