Amateur baseball: Fairmont, Luverne win openers
JACKSON — The Jackson Bulls have dominated southwest Minnesota amateur baseball this summer, but no one has dominated Fairmont with Taylor Nawrocki on the mound.
It was Nawrocki who bested Jackson in the first game of a Region 13 best-of-three playoff series Wednesday night, 3-2, in a duel with the Bulls’ Ryan Rasche.
It’s always tough to lose, but it was a great game, said Jackson manager Scott Bahr.
“This Nawrocki is probably the best we’ve seen all year. And Ryan Rasche went head-to-head with him. I’m proud of the way our guys competed,” Bahr said.
Nawrocki pitched a full nine, allowing just three hits and striking out 16. Rasche hurled seven and two-thirds, allowing three hits while walking six and striking out six.
Collin Lovell, a Windom pick-up, finished up for the Bulls.
Shaun McGuire hit a two-out two-run single for Fairmont in the third inning to break a scoreless tie. Jackson scored twice in the fourth on an RBI single by Blaise Jacobsen and a bases-loaded two-strike suicide squeeze by batter Brett Larson.
Fairmont scored the game-winner in the eighth on a one-out single by Dustin Sobolik.
Andy Wolf had Jackson’s only extra base hit, a double.
The Bulls, now 25-2 on the season, play Game Two of the series Friday in Fairmont at 7:30 p.m.
R H E
Fairmont 002 000 010 — 3 3 1
Jackson 000 200 000 — 2 4 1
Luverne 6, Wilmont 2
WILMONT — Nate Harberts pitched seven solid innings to lead the Luverne Redbirds past Wilmont to go up 1-0 in the best-of-three series.
Harberts allowed seven hits, walked seven and struck out six batters. He out-duelled the Cardinals’ Justin Saufley, who took the loss after going four innings.
Luverne staked itself out to a 4-0 lead in the third innings, scoring a single run in the top of the second and stringing four singles together to score three runs in the third.
Skyler Wenninger, Jared Pick and Joey Slieter each had two hits to lead the Redbirds, who collected 12 hits in all. Pick doubled.
Lucas Henning had two hits for Wilmont, with a double and an RBI. Saufley also had two hits and scored a run.
The two teams go at it again Friday night with Luverne as host.
R H E
Luverne 013 000 101 — 6 12 1
Wilmont 000 001 100 — 2 8 1