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Amateur baseball: Luverne hands Cubs third straight loss

LUVERNE — After a last-minute venue change, the Worthington Cubs and Luverne Redbirds were able to play their non-league game Sunday.

The Redbirds didn’t score all that often, but the runs they did put up came in bunches. They used two- and three-run innings to pick up a 6-2 win over the Cubs.

The game, which was scheduled to be played in Worthington. Late Sunday morning, however, it was moved to Redbird Field in Luverne because of wet conditions at Trojan Field, the Cubs’ home venue at Worthington Middle School.

Worthington, which was still the home team, took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. Luverne responded with two in the second and held onto that lead for good. Three more in the fifth blew the game open. The Cubs got one back in the bottom of the seventh, but that was all the offense they could muster.

Phil Paquette allowed one run on six hits over five innings of work to get the win for the Redbirds. Ryan Swanson took the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits.

Ex-Cub Nate Harberts hit a two-run homer for the Redbirds. Jared Pick was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Adam Munkel and Swanson both went 2-for-4 to lead the Worthington offensive.

The Cubs (1-5 overall, 0-4 First Nite League) will try to get off the schnide at 7:30 p.m. Wedneday at home against Tracy. Luverne will host the Windom Pirates at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.


Luverne 020 030 001 — 6 13 1

Worthington 100 000 100 — 2 9 0