Double the pleasure
WORTHINGTON -- Not even a passing rain shower could slow the Adrian VFW offense Thursday as Adrian came away with 9-1 and 7-6 victories over Worthington.
Adrian's offense got on the board right away in the first inning of the first game. Adam Diekmann led off the game with a double, and Brett Nowotny and Jordan Kontz walked to load the bases.
Tanner Loosbrock hit a sacrifice fly, and Ben Suedkamp drove in another run as Adrian took a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Sieve later hit a two-RBI double, as Adrian had five runs before the inning was over.
"We just struggled from the get go," Worthington head coach Ryan Weber said. "They are a good ball club, and you can't spot a good ball club extra outs, and that's what we did tonight."
Worthington finally scored a run in the third. With two outs, Mitchell Jensen singled, and Kyle Vaske drove him home with a double.
Adrian's offense came alive again in the fifth inning. Loosbrock, Suedkamp, Justin Weidert and Mitchell Voss all scored, as Adrian took the 9-1 victory.
"Everybody in the whole lineup really hit the ball well," Suedkamp said. "We had good defense behind our pitching and we had all around good hitting up and down the lineup."
Diekmann threw a complete game for Adrian, earning the victory. He allowed five hits while striking out five.
"The key is good pitching," Adrian head coach Kevin Nowotny said. "We were looking to get that first game, so we threw Adam Diekmann, and he threw a complete game."
His counterpart, Justin Lewis, suffered the loss, allowing nine runs while striking out nine.
Diekmann was three for three with two RBI, while Sieve had a hit and drove in two.
In the second game of the double header, Adrian once again jumped out to an early lead. Worthington came back, but fell just short in a 7-6 Adrian win.
Diekmann started it once again in the bottom of the first. He singled and later scored, as did four other Adrian players, as they took a 5-0 lead.
"We don't have any intensity right now," Weber said. "We have to get the fun back into it and if anyone has that magic key, I'd gladly take it."
Worthington battled back in the second as all nine batters came to the plate in a five-run inning. Vaske had the big hit in the inning, a two-out double which scored the last two runs of the inning.
"I was worried that we were going to be flat all night, and once again we spotted them five runs early," Weber said. "But we battled back and made it a game."
Adrian came back in the second with two more runs, and that was all starting pitcher Kontz needed. Kontz allowed just one more run, while striking out four.
"Jordan Kontz had one bad inning where he walked two or three guys, but after that he calmed down," Nowotny said.
From his catcher position, Suedkamp was impressed with his pitcher's performance.
"Jordan Kontz threw well," Suedkamp said. "He was throwing well. His curveball was breaking really well. Joe Ahrens really hit the ball well, no matter what we threw at him, he hit it really well."
Ahrens had a triple, and was on base all three times.
Ethan Duffy scored in the top of the fourth to bring the score to 7-6, and Worthington had the bases loaded with two outs, but could not push across the tying run.
"With five inning games, you can't get behind too much too early," Weber said. "Adrian is a good ball club; Nowotny has them playing well. They hit the ball well and Diekmann and Kontz are two of the best athletes around here."
Diekmann scored twice, while Kontz had a hit and scored a run. Loosbrock drove in three, while Brett Nowotny and Suedkamp each had two hits for Adrian.
For Worthington, Duffy scored twice.
Adrian improves to 9-4 and is looking towards the playoffs.
"We're trying to get ready for the playoffs and round things out for the end of the year," Nowotny said.
Worthington falls to 13-12 on the season and will at Luverne on Monday night.
Game 1 R H E
Adrian 500 04 -- 9 9 1
Worthington 001 00 -- 1 5 1
Game 2 R H E
Worthington 050 10 -- 6 5 3
Adrian 520 0x -- 7 7 2