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Amateur baseball: Jackson comes back to even series with Fairmont

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FAIRMONT — The Jackson Bulls pulled off a big comeback Friday to keep their hopes at a Region 13C title alive.

Jackson came back from a 6-2 deficit to take a 10-8, 10-inning victory over Fairmont in Game 2 of their best-of-3 series to knot things up at 1-1. Game 3 will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday in Jackson.

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“We were down 6-2 but we knew it was only the third inning and we’ve been hitting well all summer,” Jackson coach Scott Bahr said. “We knew the big thing was just to hold them and keep chipping away.”

The Bulls cut the deficit to one with a three-run top of the fifth and claimed an 8-6 lead with three more in the sixth. But single runs for the Martins in the sixth and eighth innings tied it at 8-8, where the score stood through nine.

In the top of the 10th, Andy Wolf was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Fairmont committed an error on a ball hit by Ryan Rasche to give Jackson runners at second and third with nobody out. Pat Rients was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Wolf came in to break the tie when he beat the throw home on a groundball to first. Ethan Welter drove Rasche home for insurance before Ray Zalabowski came in for the save.

Collin Lovell got the win in relief, going three innings for the Bulls. Sawyer Doocy took the loss for the Martins.

Wolf finished the game with two doubles and four runs scored. Rients had two doubles, three runs and an RBI with Blaise Jacobson adding a pair of doubles.

“It’s going to be a team effort,” Bahr said of Game 3 on Sunday. “We’ve done it that way all summer.”

R H E

Jackson 101 033 000 2 — 10 11 1

Fairmont 312 001 010 0 — 8 10 4

Game 2 of the Wilmont vs. Luverne best-of-3 series was in the sixth inning with Wilmont leading 5-3 when this edition of the Daily Globe went to press. Luverne led the series 1-0 entering Friday night.

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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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