AMATEUR BASEBALL: Cubs win duel 2-1 over Irish
WORTHINGTON -- It is said that good things come to those who wait. That saying couldn't be any truer Wednesday when the Worthington Cubs waited until the bottom of the eighth to score the winning run in amatuer baseball action versus the Milroy Irish in a 2-1 win in Worthington.
"I told them to just keep battling," Cubs coach Josh Wasmund said. "We had runners on, but they kept getting double plays. We just had to get a hit to score someone."
Milroy would come out hitting, getting a triple from Dominic Dolan in its first at-bat. However, Cubs starting pitcher Adam Munkel would buckle down for the remainder of the inning, only surrendering one run on a sacrifice fly.
The Cubs only hit of the inning came on one-out single by Mitch Jensen.
The game would become a pitcher's duel between Munkel and Isaac Dolan, of Milroy.
"My arm felt really good," Munkel said. "I was just in my zone today."
The two would battle back and forth, matching each other inning for inning until the fourth.
Munkel would get the Cubs second hit in the bottom of the fourth on a leadoff triple to left field. But that was all Worthington could manage before grounding into a double play to end the inning.
The top of the fifth brought some excitement for Worthington. Munkel started the inning fast, striking out the first batter he saw before giving up a hit to Milroy's Luke Dolan. The Cubs defense would step up to make a strong play in the very next at-bat, getting a double play off a broken bat grounder to the shortstop.
"Our fielders did well today," Munkel said. "It was nice to have that after the last few games where we had lots of errors."
Neither team would do much damage with their bats, relying on their defense to pick up the slack.
In the bottom of the eighth, Worthington's bats would finally wake up. Joey Kinley started the inning off with a double to the, which would prompt Milroy to change pitchers for the second time in the game.
"I think the difference was the different pitcher," Wasmund. "Their starter was really locating his pitches, so that made it tough to start."
The change made little difference, because Jensen would drive Kinley in with a single the very next at bat. Wasmund would strikeout to give Worthington its first out, but a wild pitch on the third strike allowed Jensen to advance into scoring position at second.
Munkel backed up his strong outing on the mound with an RBI single to score Jensen and give the Cubs their first lead of the game. A ground out in the next at-bat would end Worthington's rally in the eighth.
Nate Jensen would come in to close out the game for Worthington, getting the first batter to strike out. Milroy's Clay Ellis got a hit in the next at-bat to put the tying run on board, but the Cubs wouldn't allow the runner to advance past first.
The next Milroy batter would strike out with the runner on the move, but the Irish attempted hit-and-run was cut down on a perfect throw from Munkel to preserve the Cubs 2-1 victory.
"Defense and pitching is what kept us in the game until we could get our bats going," Wasmund said.
Worthington plays again Sunday against Lakefield in Lakefield at 2 p.m.
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Hadley 12, Tracy 5
MILROY -- The Hadley Buttermakers took it to the Tracy Express in a 12-5 victory Wednesday night in Gopher League action.
Hadley would jump out to an early 3-1 lead after the first inning, only to fall behind 5-4 after the fourth. But the Buttermakers would rally to put up eight more runs over the next five innings to secure the win.
Justin Reinsma got the win for Hadley, pitching 7 1/3 innings, with Alex Van'Hos picking up the final 2 2/3 innings. Tylan Gyllimg received the loss for Tracy.
Zach Bruns went 3-for-4 with five RBIs for Hadley, while teammate Paul Counter went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a double.
Jason Minette had four RBIs, including a two-run home run for Tracy.
Hadley (11-11, 10-7) will host Sacred Heart Sunday.
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Windom 3, Pipestone 2
WINDOM -- Chad Lindaman went the distance, striking out 10 and walking one, to lead Windom (7-10 in league) over Pipestone in amateur baseball action Wednesday.
Brandon Thongvivong was 1-for-4, Brett Mattson was 1-for-3, Danny Kneeland was 1-for-2 with an RBI and Drake Borsgard was 1-for-3 to lead Windom.
Danny Moffet picked up the loss for Pipestone (9-6 in league), while Nate Alfson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jordan Karels was 2-for-4 to lead Pipestone at the plate.
Windom will host Jackson Sunday.
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Wilmont 15, Adrian 4
ADRIAN -- Wilmont scored 12 runs in the first inning and never looked back, knocking off Adrian in amateur baseball action Wednesday.
Jay Scheidt was 2-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, Lucas Henning was 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs, Steven Kremer was 3-for-4 with a solo homer, Stuart Rogers was 2-for-4 and Adam Diekmann got the win on the mound for Wilmont (15-4, 3-3).
Cody Kontz had two hits to lead Adrian.
Wilmont will be at Hadley and at Pipestone Sunday.
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Heron Lake 1
FAIRMONT -- Fairmont moved to 14-1 in the First Nite League with a win over Heron Lake Wednesday in amateur baseball action.
Taylor Nawrocki got the win on the mound, striking out nine and walking none for Fairmont. Aaron Siefken hit a solo homer, Tanner Nawrocki was 2-for-3 with a two-run single and Ian Bents was 2-for-3 with a double to lead Fairmont at the plate.
Ike Rogers had a stole base and a run, while Kirk McBreen, Alex Meyer, Tom Albrecht, Long Eichenberger and Chad Knutson each had hits for Heron Lake (11-10, 10-7). Albrecht picked up the loss on the mound for the Lakers.
Heron Lake will travel to Mountain Lake Sunday.
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