AMATEUR BASEBALL: Cubs use 9-run inning to knock off Lakers 9-6HERON LAKE — An eight-hit, nine-run output in the top of the fourth inning sparked the Worthington Cubs to a 9-6 victory over the Heron Lake Lakers in a First Nite League amateur baseball game Sunday evening at Laker Field.
By: Daily Globe, Worthington Daily Globe
HERON LAKE — An eight-hit, nine-run output in the top of the fourth inning sparked the Worthington Cubs to a 9-6 victory over the Heron Lake Lakers in a First Nite League amateur baseball game Sunday evening at Laker Field.
Heron Lake, which claimed a 3-1 win over Lakefield earlier in the day to begin the doubleheader, took a 1-0 lead after Ben Scheevel (2-for-4) tripled and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Thomas Albrecht in the second inning.
But the Cubs, who cracked four hits without scoring through the first three frames, strung together a big rally in the fourth — sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring all nine of their runs to build a 9-1 advantage.
Marcus Maras (two-run double), Josh Wasmund (two-run single), Jerrad Meinders (RBI single) and Marshall Doeden (RBI double) each smashed run-producing base hits in the inning, while Cody Melendrez, Nate Jensen, Adam Munkel and Mitch Jensen also ripped singles to help Worthington’s cause.
Maras, Wasmund, Meinders and Munkel each finished the game with two hits, while Joey Kinley collected a single to complete the Cubs’ 13-hit offensive attack.
Heron Lake rallied with five runs in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap to 9-6. Ethan Duffy (3-for-4, two doubles) and Scheevel cracked back-to-back two-run singles, while Kirk McBreen delivered an RBI single, as well.
Tony Jorgensen, Matt Franks, Lucas Knutson and Alex Meyer also singled throughout the game for the Lakers, who batted 10 players in the seventh and had the potential tying run at the plate when the third out was recorded.
Mitch Jensen picked up the complete-game win on the mound, striking out five batters and issuing just one walk over seven solid innings for Worthington. He scattered 10 hits and allowed just two earned runs, as a Cubs’ error with two outs in the seventh extended Heron Lake’s comeback bid.
Lon Eichenberger (one strikeout, one walk, 10 hits) also permitted just two earned runs (seven total) in his 3 2/3 innings of work for Heron Lake, but took the loss. Scheevel (2 1/3 innings) and Duffy (one inning) finished up in relief for the Lakers.
Worthington, which is now 5-9 overall and 5-8 in the league after snapping a six-game losing streak, hosts Jackson Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m.
R H E
Worth. 000 900 0 — 9 13 1
HL 010 000 5 — 6 10 2
Heron Lake 3,
HERON LAKE — Matt Franks hurled a complete-game gem Sunday afternoon, leading the Heron Lake Lakers to a 3-1 victory over the Lakefield Horned Frogs in a First Nite League amateur baseball game at Laker Field.
Franks (five strikeouts, three walks) allowed just three hits and a first-inning run in seven strong frames to earn the win on the mound for Heron Lake.
Dustin Pronk (three strikeouts, three walks) and Phil Pronk (two strikeouts, two walks) each pitched three solid innings for Lakefield, combining to allow just five hits and three runs.
Lucas Knutson cracked a two-run single in the second inning, while Thomas Albrecht lifted an RBI sacrifice fly in the third to account for the Lakers’ scoring. Alex Meyer and Ethan Duffy both doubled, while Ben Scheevel and Ike Rogers had the other base hits for Heron Lake.
Brock Thaemlitz was 2-for-3 with an RBI single for the Horned Frogs (4-7 in the league), while Bryce Christopher belted a two-out double in the sixth.
Heron Lake, which is now 7-8 overall and 7-5 in the league, plays at Milroy Saturday and at both Windom and Worthington next Sunday.
R H E
Lake. 100 000 0 — 1 3 1
HL 021 000 X — 3 5 2
Jackson 9, Hadley 4
HADLEY — Tom Hardy got the win on the mound, while Josh Wacker’s three-run homer and Andy Wolf and Blaise Jacobson’s 2-for-4 days at the plate helped lead Jackson to victory in amateur baseball action Sunday.
Max Zwart was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Jamie Boelter was 1-for-3 and Eric Wieneke was 1-for-3 with an RBI double to lead Hadley (4-10, 4-6).
R H E
Jackson 410 004 0 — 9 12 2
Hadley 000 003 1 — 4 6 3
Marshall 7, Hadley 4
HADLEY — Sean Solheim was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Kyle DeLong was 1-for-2 with a solo homer and James Wajer was 1-for-3 with an RBI, but it was not enough for Hadley in amateur baseball action Sunday.
Hadley will travel to Minneaot Wednesday.
R H E
Marshall 200 140 0 — 7 8 1
Hadley 000 121 0 — 4 6 4
Wilmont 6, Luverne 5
WILMONT — Joe Ahrens got the win on the mound and Justin Saufley struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the save, as Wilmont (9-2, 8-1) knocked off Luvere in amateur baseball action Sunday.
Saufley was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, Steven Kremer was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Adam Diekmann was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Blake Rogers had a double to lead Wilmont.
Phil Paquette struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings for Luverne (3-6 in league play) and Tanner Skattum had a double.
Wilmont will host Pipestone Wednesday.
R H E
Luverne 000 320 0 — 5 6 2
Wilmont 002 202 X — 6 8 1