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Amateur baseball: Wilmont snaps Worthington winning streak

ZACH HACKER/DAILY GLOBE Wilmont starting pitcher Blake Rogers throws to first after fielding a bunt at Trojan Field in Worthington Sunday.

WORTHINGTON — In a game that was supposed to be played in Wilmont Sunday, the Cardinals looked plenty comfortable at Worthington’s Trojan Field.

The game was moved to Worthington because of sloppy field conditions in Wilmont, but the Cardinals were still able to bang out 17 hits while allowing just three. The end result was a 9-0 non-league loss for the Cubs that snapped their three-game winning streak.

Worthington put together the first threat of the game in the top of the second. Erik Jass and Mark Ferguson led off the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up to third and second, respectively, on a sacrifice bunt by Justin Jass. Wilmont pitcher Blake Rogers left them standing, however, when he struck out the next two batters to end the threat. Rogers had five of his seven strikeouts through the first two innings.

Wilmont was the first to strike in the bottom of the third. Jay Scheidt reached on an error to lead off the inning. After stealing second, he came in for the game’s first run on a single by Rogers. Steve Kremer followed with a double, setting the table for two more runs. Those came on a bases loaded walk to Stuart Rogers and an infield hit with two outs by Adam Diekman.

Lucas Henning and Blake Rogers led off the bottom of the fourth with a single and a walk to get things going again. The Cards extended their lead to 5-0 one batter later when Kremer pounded a two-run single.

Wilmont added single runs in the fifth and seventh with two in the sixth to finish off the 9-0 final.

Blake Rogers picked up the win for Wilmont. He went five innings and allowed just three hits while striking out seven. Ryan Swanson surrendered eight runs in five and two-thirds innings in the loss for the Cubs.

Blake Rogers had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored for Wilmont. Kremer added a pair of hits, a double and two–– batted in. Erik Jass, Ferguson and Adam Munkel had a single each for Worthington.


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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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