Legion baseball: Luverne, Pipestone win District 2 games
MILROY — After the first day of competition at the Division II, District 2 Legion Baseball Tournament Friday at Irish Field in Milroy, Luverne Post 123 and Pipestone Post 6 moved on to the winners bracket with wins over Wabasso and Redwood Falls respectively, while Jackson Post 130 was defeated by Blue Earth.
Luverne will meet up with Pipestone at 5 p.m. today at Irish Field for the right to move on in the winners bracket, while Jackson plays the loser of the late game Friday between Springfield and St. James at 11 a.m.
Luverne 3, Wabasso 1
Luverne starting pitcher Zane Hiller dominated the Wabasso offense, picking up 14 strikeouts while allowing just one run on six hits in the win.
“We had really good pitching today from Zane,” Luverne coach Barry Shelton said. “However, our defense was just OK. Like I said before, we needed our pitching to be strong and our defense to be alright if we wanted to get a win.”
Wabasso took an early lead with a run in the second inning, but Post 123 took over the lead with two runs of its own in the third.
“Josh Slieter (1-for-2) hit a big one-run triple to score our first run in the third and tie the game,” Shelton said. “Then Kendall Meyer hit a sacrifice fly to score our second run of the game and give us the lead.”
Post 123 added an insurance run in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead and then let Hiller go back to work and seal the victory.
“We didn’t get too many hits today, but we will definitely need more hits tomorrow when we play Pipestone,” Shelton said. “If we can’t keep up with their offense we will get beat.”
R H E
Wabasso 010 000 0 — 1 6 1
Luverne 002 100 X — 3 3 2
Pipestone 5, Redwood Falls 1
After allowing a single run to Redwood Falls in the bottom of the first inning, Pipestone Post 6 starting pitcher Austin Evans got into a zone and made easy work of the Redwood Falls offense the rest of the way.
“Pitching was the key to our game today,” Pipestone coach Scott Sterud said. “Austin was great. After allowing that one run in the first inning he settled down and pitched well the rest of the way. Redwood couldn’t hit his curveball at all; he kept them guessing the whole game because they couldn’t tell when it was coming.”
Evans picked up three strikeouts over seven innings to get the win for Pipestone.
Post 6 opened up the game in the third inning when Gunnar Manderschied hit a bases clearing double.
“That hit really got us excited,” Sterud said. “The rest of the game we played small ball and worked hard to get more runs across the plate.”
Manderscheid had three RBIs in the game to lead the Post 6 offense, while Evans also had an RBI. Alex Ossefoort also picked up a bunt single in the game.
R H E
Pipestone 003 002 0 — 5 6 2
Redwood 100 000 0 — 1 5 1
Blue Earth 5, Jackson 2
A four-run first inning by Blue Earth was the undoing of Jackson Post 130.
“We gave up a couple of big hits in the first inning that led to those runs for Blue Earth,” Jackson coach Kevin Holm said. “We had the bases loaded in the first, but couldn’t do anything to push a run across. We could have used one or two more hits on our part in that inning.”
Taylor Christopher took the loss for Post 130, going seven innings and giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out three batters.
“Taylor did a good job of controlling Blue Earth’s hitters after giving up those runs in the first,” Holm said. “The only other run he gave up was a solo home run in the fifth. He did a good job of keeping our pitching rotation in order for the rest of the weekend.”
Jackson scored its two runs in the third inning on a pair of hits by Jeremiah Flatgard and Tanner Menke.
“After the first inning we got our runs and ended up outscoring Blue Earth over the final six innings,” Holm said.
R H E
Blue Earth 400 010 0 — 5 8 1
Jackson 002 000 0 — 2 4 2