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DOUG WOLTER/DAILY GLOBE Worthington Cubs first baseman Josh Wasmund (left) crosses home plate in the first inning Wednesday night as Lakefield catcher Scott Christopher prepares to take a throw. The Cubs’ first-inning run snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak for the team.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Cubs took a 20-inning scoring drought into Wednesday night’s amateur baseball game at the middle school field.

They didn’t make it to 21, scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out RBI double to right-centerfield by starting pitcher Ryan Swanson.

Despite that, the Cubs couldn’t score enough runs to overcome the Lakefield Horned Frogs, who erased a 3-3 tie with a single run in the top of the ninth inning. After the first two Frog hitters made outs against Swanson, Scott Christopher singled up the middle before a walk put runners on first and second base. A dropped fly ball in left field allowed the run to score.

Adam Munkel relieved Swanson to get the last out.

When the Cubs failed to score in the bottom of the ninth off Lakefield’s Dustin Pronk, they fell to 4-9 on the season.

Runs have not been easy to come by for the Cubs this year.

“It’s the middle of the lineup that seems to do the most damage,” said player-manager Josh Wasmund. Other parts of the lineup aren’t doing enough harm to opposing pitchers.

In Wednesday’s game, Worthington put runners on base in every inning but one, yet could get only three across against Pronk, who walked six and struck out seven.

Worthington clung to its 1-0 lead until Lakefield erupted for three runs off Swanson in the sixth after two outs were made. An RBI single by Andrew Paulson and a two-run single between third base and shortstop by Trevor Hage accounted for the three runs.

Lakefield out-hit Worthington 9-8. Wasmund had two hits for the Cubs — both doubles — and Wasmund had two more.


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Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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