Prep baseball: Luverne tops Worthington, Adrian moves to 5-1
LUVERNE — Opening the game with a pair of quick doubles, the undefeated Luverne Cardinals soared out the gate Tuesday with four runs in each of the first two innings as they earned an 11-5 Southwest Conference high school baseball victory over Worthington at Redbird Field.
It was the fifth win of the season for LHS and the first loss for the Trojans (3-1), who began the campaign with three straight league wins last week.
First-inning doubles by Kendall Meyer and Andrew Verhey staked the Cardinals to a good start and big days at the plate by Gunnar Olson and Zane Hiller, both 3-for-4, helped keep Luverne in command. Olson (single, double, triple) drove in three runs and also reached base on an error, while Verhey (two doubles) knocked in a pair of runs. Hiller and Tommy Vajgrt (2-for-3) each had RBIs.
Josh Slieter pitched the first four innings for LHS, striking out five, while yielding three runs (two earned) before Meyer (four strikeouts) tossed the next two. Logan Norman pitched a 1-2-3 seventh frame for the Cardinals, striking out two Trojans.
Worthington, which scored two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, was paced at the plate by Ryan Lee (2-for-3) and Alex Purdy (fifth inning RBI triple), while both Logan Thuringer and Trevor Wietzema also had hits for the Trojans.
Lee (four strikeouts) worked the first three innings on the mound for WHS before Roque Soto pitched the fifth and sixth. Nate Russell tossed a scoreless sixth frame for the Trojans.
Luverne is scheduled to play a pair of games Monday. The Cardinals travel to New Ulm for a noon game and will return home for a 6 p.m. against Southwestern United.
Worthington hosts Edgerton/Southwest Christian Tuesday.
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WHS 010 220 0 — 5 5 2
Luv 440 120 X — 11 12 3
Windom 12, T-M-B 2
TRACY — Zach Bartosh enjoyed a 3-for-4 day at the plate, including a double, and scored three runs to lead the Windom Area Eagles to a 10-run non-conference win over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in a six-inning game, which had only one error.
The Eagles (1-2) crossed the plate in every inning, including scoring three times in the second and plating four in the sixth. T-M-B scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, but could get another run to extend the contest.
Andrew Larson (2-for-4 with a double) drove in three runs for Windom, while Jacob Gotto (2-for-3 with a double) had a pair of RBIs. Devin Nielsen also stroked a double for the Eagles, who rapped out 12 hits, drew eight walks and stole eight bases (two each by Gotto and Bartosh).
Sophomore Sam Huska worked all six innings on the mound for Windom, striking out nine. He gave up just four walks and four hits, while throwing strikes on 60 of 104 pitches.
Austin Gleis was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Panthers (0-3) and Brady Lanoue smacked a double. Derek Larson, Spencer Smith and Gleis did the pitching for T-M-B, combining for seven strikeouts (four by Smith in two-and-one-third innings).
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Win 132 114 — 12 12 0
T-M-B 000 000 — 2 4 1
RRC/W-WG 8, SWU 4
HERON LAKE — Tyler Schoborg drove in two runs, scored twice and came on in relief to pitch a stellar four innings to lead Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove to an 8-4 win over Southwestern United.
Schoborg surrendered one unearned run, but did not allow a hit, while striking out seven Wildcats.
At the plate, Tyler Martius (2-for-4) had a pair of doubles and Cole Pankonin (2-for-4) scored two runs for the Falcons. Martius pitched the first three frames and notched six strikeouts, as 10 of the 13 SWU K’s came by looking at a called strike three.
Aaron Fest took the loss for the Wildcats (0-6, 0-3), despite striking out nine Falcons in six-and-one-third innings. He gave up eight hits, but was tagged with just four earned runs.
Fest, Trey Cranston (two runs), Isaac Fest, Jacob Getzel and Austin Hietbrink had hits for SWU, which hosts Edgerton/Southwest Christian (4 p.m.) Thursday.
R H E
RRC/W 020 002 4 —8 9 4
SWU 102 000 1 —4 5 3
Adrian 4, E/SWC 1
EDGERTON —Adrian improved to 5-1 for the season with a three-run victory over Edgerton/Southwest Christian in a well-pitched game by both teams.
Jordan Bertrand (three strikeouts) was sharp for the Dragons, walking just one batter and giving up only two hits (one run) in five innings of work on the mound for Adrian, picking up the win. Logan Rogers earned the save, striking out four, allowing no runs on just one hit.
E/SWC sophomore Luke Drooger struck 10 Adrian hitters in five innings, while allowing three runs on three hits. Ryan Butson finished up for the Flying Dutchmen, giving up one run on no hits and three walks.
Ian Ruppert was Adrian’s leading hitter, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double. Bertrand ripped a double and both Jake Diekmann-Bullerman and Rogers had singles for the Dragons.
Tyus Janssen smacked an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to plate E/SWC’s only run.
R H E
Adr 011 101 0 — 4 4 1
E/S 000 001 0 — 1 3 2
MLA 6, MCC 5
MOUNTAIN LAKE — Host Mountain Lake Area gave up a run in the top of the seventh inning to fall behind 5-4, then rallied with two in the bottom of the seventh to win the game. After the first two hitters made outs, the next to hitters reached on errors to set the table for Austin Watkins, who drilled a two-run single.
Watkins finished with four RBIs in the game. Alex Gerdes and Levi Jahnke each had two hits for the Wolverines, now 4-2.
T.J. Van Peursem, Seth Bass and Paul Mesner had two hits apiece for MCC.
Tyler Duerksen was the winning pitcher in relief of Andrew Hirsch, who pitched the first five innings and walked one batter while striking out 10.
Mesner took the loss in relief.
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MCC 110 110 1 — 5 8 3
MLA 000 022 2 — 6 9 4
Marshall 8, PA 2
MARSHALL — A four-run fourth inning broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Tigers to victory over Southwest Conference rival Pipestone Area. Drew Hmielewski was the winning pitcher, going the first five innings.
Pipestone Area used three pitchers — Dominic Freese, Mauricio Sada and Boyer Bouman.
Noah Winkelman and Derek Rasmussen had two hits apiece for Marshall. Bouman, Jacoby Hunt and Justin Rops had the only hits for Pipestone Area.
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PA 200 000 0 — 2 3 2
Mar 020 402 x — 8 6 2