Cardinals bomb Rebels, 25-0
LUVERNE -- Pounding out 12 extra-base hits Friday, including four triples and a pair of towering two-run home runs from sophomore catcher Phil Paquette, the Luverne Cardinals baseball team earned a five-inning, 25-0 victory over the young visitors from Lincoln County (0-7).
Paquette (3-for-3, one triple, two home runs, three runs scored, six RBIs) was one of six Cardinal batters to have a multiple-hit day. He also pitched the fifth inning, striking out all three batters he faced to close out the victory for Adam Ossefoort.
Ossefoort hurled the first four innings for the Cardinals, allowing just one hit (a one-out double to Jason Minett in the first inning) and one walk. He struck out eight batters.
Luverne (14-3) scored single runs in each of the first two innings, as a pair of sacrifice flies staked the Cardinals to a 2-0 lead.
Derek Elbers led off the first with a sharp single to left. He then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error from the catcher before Paquette's sac fly to center brought him in.
In the second, Devin Richters (3-for-4, two triples, three RBIs, four runs scored) smashed a one-out three-bagger to left-center and scored when Caleb Bruynes (2-for-2, one double, four RBIs) lifted a ball to center for another sac fly.
Luverne then sent 17 batters to the plate in the third inning, scoring 13 runs to go up 15-0.
Micah Boomgaarden (2-for-2, two doubles, two RBIs, three walks, four runs scored) coaxed a leadoff walk. Paquette then tripled to deep center to score Boomgaarden, and courtesy runner Zack Clark scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
Brent Dinger then gave the Cardinals their second straight triple to center before Ossefoort (2-for-3, three runs) walked. Seth Goembel brought Dinger in on a squeeze play and reached via the fielder's choice, as the throw from the pitcher to the catcher was late.
Richters then reached on a fielder's choice, as the Rebels got the force out at second for the inning's first out -- leaving runners at the corners.
Richters stole second before Bruynes walked to load the bases. A wild pitch allowed courtesy runner Jeremy Hoff to score from third, making it 6-0.
Chris DenHoed (3-for-4, two doubles, four RBIs) then cracked a two-run, ground-rule double to left, making it 8-0
Elbers and Boomgaarden walked to load the bases, and Andrew DeBoer stepped in to pinch-hit for Paquette -- who would later re-enter the game. DeBoer ripped the first pitch he saw down the left-field line, scoring DenHoed and Elbers for a 10-0 Cardinal lead.
Dinger then walked to load the bases again before Ossefoort singled Boomgaarden in.
The Rebels recorded the second out on an infield fly, but Richters stroked a three-run, bases-clearing triple to left. Bruynes then plated Richters with a single before the third out was retired, as the Cardinals led 15-0 after three complete innings.
Luverne belted six more extra-base hits in the fourth inning, highlighted by two monster shots from Paquette.
Clark reached on an error to begin the inning and came around to score on a double from Boomgaarden. Paquette then slammed his first bomb to deep left, increasing Luverne's bulge to 18-0.
Dinger (walk) and Ossefoort (single) reached base before the first out of the inning was recorded. Richters then singled to load the bases.
Bruynes and DenHoed followed by bashing consecutive two-run doubles to left, making it 22-0.
After Clark was retired on a flyout, Boomgaarden doubled to bring DenHoed in. Paquette then crushed his second home run of the inning, this time to deep left-center to bring in the 24th and 25th Cardinal runs.
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LC 000 00 -- 0 1 2
LHS 11(13) (10)x -- 25 18 0