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Chris Murphy/Daily Globe Worthington Cubs center fielder Lucas Huls dives for a fly ball in a game Sunday in Worthington.

AMATEUR BASEBALL: Worthington splits doubleheader

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WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Cubs split a doubleheader Sunday night, winning in walk-off fashion against the Fairmont Martins and losing to the Heron Lake Lakers.

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In Game 1, Worthington pitcher Jerrad Meinders pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits, but only gave up one earned run in the team's 2-1 extra-inning victory.

The Cubs struggled to get much offense going, but their defense and pitching kept them in the game long enough to win.

"Both sides had great pitching," coach and first baseman Josh Wasmund said. "We played good. We made a lot of plays. We are missing a few regulars, so we had some good work from everyone."

Worthington struggled to get men on base until the bottom of the second when Mitch Jensen reached on an error and Meinders was walked by Fairmont pitcher Ian Bends to put two runners on base. But Fairmont was able to get out of the inning unscathed when Bends induced a ground out followed by a strikeout.

Worthington would score first when they strung together three consecutive singles to load the bases for Wasmund. Wasmund waited for his pitch and popped a high fly ball into the outfield to score Marcus Maras from third.

Meinders would struggle in the top of the fourth, giving up a single and a double to Fairmont to allow the Martins to tie the score.

The score would remain tied going into the bottom of the seventh when the Cubs tried to get the game winner with two outs. Joey Kinley hit a single to put the winning run on first, but Adam Munkel would fly out to end the inning.

"It is defense, we didn't show up [last game]," Wasmund said. "We played good defense [this game] and our pitchers pitched good. It all came together to help us win."

Neither team could mount much in the way of offense in the extra innings until Worthington got two men on board on consecutive walks by Bends. The Fairmont pitcher would get the next two batters on a ground out and a strikeout, respectively, but the winning run still advanced to third.

"If that thing was going to get by him, I was going to score," Zach Heidebrink said. "With two outs, I was going on anything. I was determined to score."

"When we had one out, I wanted him close to the bag so he couldn't be doubled out," Wasmund said. "When we had two outs, I told him to get his lead. I told him if there was a wild pitch, to get moving to home."

And that is exactly what happened. With Heidebrink taking his lead at third, Bends delivered to home, but catcher Brandon Splinter couldn't hold onto the ball. The ball rolled all the way to the backstop and by the time Splinter retrieved the ball, Heidebrink had already crossed the plate giving Worthington the 2-1 win.

"I was pumped that we won," Heidebrink said. "This team is undefeated in the conference and it was nice to put a mark in their lose column.

"We worked together and played defense better. We got the bats going right away and scored the first run and we went from there."

Worthington lost in Game 2 of the doubleheader to Heron Lake 4-2.

Both teams would swap singles in the first frame and would remain tied at 0-0 until the top of the fourth.

Heron Lake got a single and Worthington pitcher Munkel hit the Lakers Ethan Duffy wi to put two runners on the bases. Worthington would get the ground out at first on the next batter, but the base runners would both advance, putting two in scoring position.

In the Lakers' next at bat, Ike Rogers would smack an RBI single into the outfield to put Heron Lake up 2-0.

"Our starting pitcher Matt Franks gave us a solid start," Heron Lake coach Chad Knutson said. "Our defense was really solid and gave us some good plays. Ike Rogers gave us a key hit in a key situation. We did enough to get a win."

Neither team would do much damage in the next two innings, until Heron Lake's Ben Scheevel doubled to the outfield and advanced to third on the throw to first on a ground ball. Munkel struck out the next batter only to throw a wild pitch in the dirt to allow Scheevel to score from third to put Heron Lake up 3-0.

Worthington would get some runs in the bottom of the sixth off an RBI double by Wasmund. The Cubs would follow that up with a RBI single from Mitch Jensen, scoring Wasmund from second.

Heron Lake would strike back in the top of the seventh with Jensen coming in to relieve Munkel.

"We were trying to find a way to put the ball in play," Knutson said. "You put the ball in play, things happen."

But the Lakers got more timely hitting with a single from Eric Milbrath, who advanced to second on an error by the Cubs. Worthington almost got out of the inning without surrendering another run, but Kirk McBreen scored Milbrath from second on a single to the outfield to put the Lakers up 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh.

Worthington got a batter on base, after a walk in the bottom of the inning, but Franks shut the door, striking out the next batter and then getting Jared Kinley to ground into a doubleplay to end the game.

"It felt pretty good," Franks said. "I was just putting down what Ike calls. It is what I do, listen to my catcher. I was keeping them off speed."

Game 1 R H E

Fairmont 000 100 000 -- 1 8 0

WGTN 001 000 001 -- 2 6 1

Game 2 R H E

HL 000 201 1 -- 4 6 0

WGTN 000 002 0 -- 2 4 2

Heron Lake splits two more

HERON LAKE -- Heron Lake split two of their three games in First Nite League action before their game against the Worthington Cubs Sunday night.

Heron Lake defeated Milroy Saturday night by a score of 1-0 with Ben Scheevel getting the win. Scheevel struck out eight, walked one, while allowing six hits.

Scheevel also went 3-for-3 with a triple, while teammate Alex Meyer got the winning run on a RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.

In their first game on Sunday, Heron Lake lost to Windom by a score of 4-3 in eight innings.

The two teams would be even going into the eighth inning, but Windom's Brett Mattson would get the walk-off single to score the winning run in the bottom of the frame.

Windom's winning pitcher, Chad Lindaman, pitched four and one-third innings, scattering three hits and striking out six. Heron Lake's Tom Albrecht recorded the complete-game loss, striking out five and walking one.

SATURDAY R H E

HL 111 000 00 -- 3 6 4

Windom 030 000 01 -- 4 5 2

SUNDAY R H E

Milroy 000 000 0 -- 0 6 1

HL 000 000 1 -- 1 5 0

Jackson sweeps doubleheader

JACKSON -- Jackson swept its Sunday doubleheader in First Nite League action, beating Minneota 4-3 and Moutain Lake 11-7.

In their first game, Jackson scattered eight hits with Caleb Rossow going 2-for-3 and Ethan Welter going 2-for-2. Pitcher Tom Hady got the win for Jackson.

In its second game, Jackson smashed 13 hits while recording 11 runs. Both Pat Rients and Josh Wacker both got three hits and four RBIs, with Wacker getting a two-run home run.

Bulls pitcher Tyler Schwarting got the win for Jackson.

Hadley wins two

MILROY --Hadley swept their weekend games, winning 8-7 over Dumont Saturday and 10-4 over Milroy Sunday in Gopher League action.

Austin Christensen got the win for the Buttermakers with Joe Larson getting two RBIs and two doubles while also driving in the winning run in the ninth. Max Zwart picked up the save for Hadley

Mitchell Magnus, Paul Counter, and Josh Onken all hit two hits for the Buttermakers.

In their second game, Hadley pitcher Zach Bruns went seven innings with seven strikeouts and two walks in the win.

Counter went 4-for-4, while Bruns and Zwarts went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively.

Saturday R H E

Hadley 102 120 101 -- 8 12 3

Dumont 001 005 100 -- 7 10 1

Sunday R H E

Hadley 501 112 0 -- 10 13 1

Milroy 103 000 0 -- 4 7 3

Wilmont splits Sunday doubleheader

TRACY -- Wilmont split their Sunday doubleheader Sunday, losing to Milroy 10-6 and beating Tracy 9-4.

In Game 1, Wilmont got a run in the bottom of the seventh in an attempt to make a comeback, but their four runs was still not enough to beat Milroy.

Steven Kremer went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs, while Justin Saufley also had a home run and three RBIs, but it was not enough to stop Milroy from getting the win.

In Game 2, Wilmont got five runs early to push themselves past Tracy 9-4. Kremer went 3-for-4, had a home run and two RBIs, with Saufley going 2-for-2 with a home run and another two RBIs. Adam Diekmann went six innings with four earned runs and nine strikeouts in the win.

Game 1 R H E

Wilmont 000 020 4 -- 6 9 2

Milroy 033 301 X -- 10 12 2

Game 2 R H E

Wilmont 502 011 0 -- 9 9 1

Tracy 000 202 0 -- 4 7 0

Worthington Area Storm goes 1-1

SIOUX FALLS -- Worthington Area Storm split their weekend games, beating to Attinson (Neb.) on Saturday and losing to Sioux Falls Sunday in Sioux Falls.

In Game 1, Paige Kinley had a single and an RBI while Brandie Timmerman had a double and an RBI. Rachel Kontz pitched seven innings in the win, striking out seven and walking one.

In Game 2, Rebecca Kazemba had a single and an RBI while Angela Robinson had an RBI and pitched seven innings with two strikeouts in the loss.

The Storm will be in action again on July 10 in Mankato.

Game 1 R

Attinson 000 000 0 -- 0

WGTN 012 000 X -- 3

Game 2 R

WGTN 002 000 0 -- 2

Sioux Falls 100 001 1 -- 3

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Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a sports reporter for the Worthington Daily Globe. Previously, he interned at the Hudson Star Obeserver and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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