Amateur baseball: Fireballer from Fairmont halts Worthington
FAIRMONT — A six-run first inning put the Worthington Cubs in a hole, and a five-run fourth did further damage Wednesday night as Fairmont produced a 13-2 seven-inning amateur baseball victory.
Taylor Nawrocki shut out the Cubs through the first five innings, walking no one and striking out eight.
“The pitcher we faced is probably the hardest thrower we’ve seen this year,” said Worthington player-coach Josh Wasmund.
Worthington’s only two runs were scored in the top of the seventh, and they weren’t enough to keep the game from ending on the 10-run rule.
Four pitchers saw action for Worthington, which fell to 6-11 on the season. Erik Jass started. Tristan Sorenson, Ryan Swanson and Nate Jensen also pitched.Eric Koob had two hits for the Cubs. Wasmund also had two hits, including a double and two RBIs.Levi Becker had three triples for Fairmont.After the first two batters of the first inning walked for Fairmont, a triple and two doubles followed to give the home team all the runs they would need.R H EWor 000 000 2 — 2 5 4Fairmont 610 501 x — 13 13 1
Windom 7, Pipestone 1WINDOM — A strong pitching performance by Nick Kulseth helped Windom advance to 6-10. Kulseth pitched a full nine innings and allowed just six A’s hits. He walked one and struck out four. The run he allowed was unearned.Avery Ploeger went seven innings and took the loss for Pipestone.Alex Gerdes went 2-for-4 with a double for the Pirates. Brett Mattson doubled and drove in three runs. And Joel Riordan doubled and drove in one run.Reid Sheibout went 2-for-4 with a double for Pipestone.R H EPipestone 000 001 000 — 1 6 5Windom 002 102 02x — 7 9 5
Jackson 3, Wilmont 2WILMONT — Pat Rients had three hits and drove in two runs and Ryan Rasche pitched eight solid innings to lead the Jackson Bulls past Wilmont.Lucas Henning went a full nine innings for the Cardinals and was saddled with the loss.Jackson scored a single insurance run in the top of the ninth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Wilmont came back with a run in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn’t enough.Joe Krivarchka, Joe Ahrens and Blake Rogers all had two hits for Wilmont. Krivarchka drove in a pair of runs.R H EJackson 001 000 011 — 3 11 0Wilmont 000 100 001 — 2 9 1
Hadley 10, Milroy 2MILROY — Nick Bruning collected three hits, including a double and a two-run home run, driving in three runs as Hadley blitzed Milroy.Max Zwart also had three hits for the Buttermakers. Chris Halbur had two hits and three RBIs and Trent Carlson added three more RBIs.Mason Schnaible went 3-for-3 for Milroy. Tyler Peterson had two hits and Dakota Freiborg had two RBIs.Peterson took the loss on the mound.R H EHadley 230 010 130 — 10 12 1Milroy 000 000 110 — 2 7 3
Martin County 6, Heron Lake 0
TRUMAN — Steven Zehms went the distance, checking Heron Lake on a six-hit shutout, while striking out 12 batters.Alex Meyer took the loss despite pitching well. He twirled into the eighth inning and allowed just one earned run, at one point retiring 13 batters in a row.Seven errors hurt the Heron Lake cause.Ethan Duffy doubled for the Lakers.R H EHeron Lake 000 000 000 — 0 6 7Martin County 100 000 32x — 6 6 1