Luverne wins two legion games Saturday
JACKSON -- Luverne's Nick Meyer came through when his team needed it the most.
Hitting out of the No. 9 spot, Meyer had two hits and drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in Luverne's 2-1 victory over Hector at the LDW Legion tournament in Jackson Saturday.
"It was hard-fought," Meyer said. "We needed to throw a little more strikes, but our defense was solid, and it was a close one."
Zach Olson allowed one run on two hits while striking out six in a complete-game victory.
"It was a pretty solid game and a tight game," Luverne head coach Jared Pick said. "I knew with Olson on the mound, we had good defense behind him. He had a couple innings where he struggled to find the strike zone, but it was a solid game, and we played well."
Olson walked six in the game, but had a solid defense behind him.
In the fifth inning, Hector's Luke Kramer walked, and Eric Schultz was hit with a pitch to put two runners on with no outs.
Shane Haas laid down a sacrifice bunt, which Olson fielded cleanly and was able to record an out.
Danny Edwards came through with an RBI double to score Kramer, but a good throw from Adam Ossefoort in left field to catcher Phil Paquette allowed the tying run to be tagged out at the plate and preserve the Luverne lead.
"I was trying to hit my cutoff, but I missed it, thankfully," Ossefoort said.
That would be the final scoring opportunity for Hector as Luverne had just enough offense for the 2-1 victory.
"Adam usually doesn't play outfield," Pick said. "But the kid got the base hit, and Adam fielded it cleanly and came up with a really good throw to Phil, and Phil put the tag on, and it was a really nice play to have in a key spot of the game."
Luverne's first run came in the second inning.
With two outs, Tanner Skattum tripled and later scored as Ossefoort hit a groundball to the second baseman that was misplayed to allow Skattum to score.
Luverne had a runner in scoring position in the third inning, but it wasn't until the fourth when Meyer came through with the big hit.
Chris DenHoed was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After Schultz was able to record two strikeouts, it appeared he would pitch his way out of the jam.
However, Meyer had a different idea. He hit a double to score DenHoed and give Luverne a 2-0 lead in what proved to be enough runs to win the game.
"I've been in that situation before, so I just hit it, get the RBI and win," Meyer said.
R H E
Hector 000 010 -- 1 2 2
Luverne 010 100 -- 2 6 3
Luverne 12, Blue Earth 2
After struggling to score runs in the first game, Luverne had no problems in a four-inning victory against Blue Earth.
"I think we just got warmed up and got the wheels turning and swung the bats," Luverne's Phil Paquette said. "Sometimes you come to the field, and you're not quite ready to turn on the game."
Paquette had two extra base hits and drove in two runs, including an RBI triple in Luverne's 9-run third inning.
"I had a couple of big hits, but overall, it was just a fun day in Jackson," Paquette said. "It was a fun day to be with the team."
It didn't take long for the Luverne bats to produce the first run.
Zach Olson tripled with one out, and Paquette followed with an RBI-double to give Luverne a 1-0 lead.
"We came out and played an all-around good game," Luverne head coach Jared Pick said. "Everybody hit the ball well. It was a lot better than the first game. The first game was close, so it was nice to have everybody come out and hit."
Blue Earth added a run in the bottom of the second as John Franta delivered an RBI single to score Garrett Mensing to tie the game at 1-all.
"It took us a couple of innings to get going this game, but they came out and adjusted well," Pick said. "They played pretty well."
However, it was in the top of the third when the Luverne bats came alive.
Nick Meyer led off the inning by reaching on an error, and Olson followed with a single. Paquette then walked to load the bases for Brent Dinger.
Dinger delivered a three-run double as Luverne was off and rolling.
Chris DenHoed got things started with another single, and Tanner Skattum and Taylor VanSanten each reached on an error as the Blue Earth defense committed five errors in the inning.
Paquette hit an RBI triple as Luverne scored nine runs in the inning and had a 10-1 lead after two and a half innings.
Blue Earth answered with a run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 10-2, but Derek VanSanten and Skattum each scored a run in the fourth to give Luverne a 12-2 victory.
"The pitchers threw strikes, the defense played well and everybody hit the ball," Pick said.
R H E
Luverne 109 2 -- 12 7 1
BE 011 0 -- 2 5 5