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Luverne, Pipestone Area each pick up victories, set up showdown today (baseball wrap-up)

LUVERNE -- Pounding out 18 hits and receiving a two-hit shutout from Zach Olson Monday, the Luverne Cardinals picked up a 10-0, five-inning victory over the Windom Eagles in a Southwest Conference baseball contest.

Olson struck out eight batters and walked two. He was also 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and four RBIs for Luverne (8-3, 11-5).

Zack Clark (three singles, two runs, one RBI) and Phil Paquette (three doubles, three RBIs) were also both 3-for-4, while Chris DenHoed, Derek VanSanten and Adam Ossefoort all went 2-for-3.

Sam Fischenich and Colin Tritz each had a hit for Windom, with Tritz roping a double in the third inning.

Bryce Grove tossed four innings for the Eagles (3-6, 6-7), allowing five runs on 12 hits. He fanned six batters and walked one before Fischenich hurled 2/3 of an inning.

Luverne visits Pipestone Area today, while Windom visits Redwood Valley Thursday.


Windom 000 00 -- 0 2 1

Luverne 030 25 -- 10 18 2

Pipestone Area 10, Marshall 0 (6 innings); PA 9, Marshall 6

MARSHALL -- With 26 hits on the day, the league-leading Pipestone Area Arrows swept Marshall in a Southwest Conference doubleheader.

Greg Quist hurled a six-inning, four-hit shutout in the opener, fanning eight batters and walking just one.

Doug Mead was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs for PA, while Jon Schelhaas, Sam Schneider and Chris Dougherty (double) each had two hits.

Schneider hurled a complete game in the nightcap, as he gave up six hits, six walks and three earned runs while fanning five.

Schelhaas was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBIs, and Mead (triple, two RBIs), Sam Bauer (double, RBI) and Brandon Alfson were each 2-for-4.

PA (6-1, 9-3) hosts Luverne today at 3:30 p.m.


PA 001 513 0 -- 10 14 1

MHS 000 000 -- 0 4 4


MHS 030 102 0 -- 6 6 1

PA 060 120 x -- 9 12 3

Adrian 12, MCC 2 (5 innings)

ADRIAN -- Brett Nowotny's third-inning grand slam helped propel the Adrian Dragons to a Red Rock Conference victory over Murray County Central.

Adrian (7-1, 12-2) has now clinched at least a share of the league title.

Nowotny finished the game 3-for-4 with his grand slam and a double, while Jordon Kontz was 4-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run.

Adam Diekmann was 3-for-4 with a double, Glen Kruger was 2-for-3 with a double, and Tanner Loosbrock had a double for the Dragons.

Diekmann threw a complete game, striking out six and walking two over five innings.

MCC's Paul Counter smacked a solo home run, while Brian Everson had an RBI single.

Justin Reinsma tossed 3 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on 11 hits and fanning two. Taylor Streff and Everson came on in relief for the Rebels (5-3, 6-6).

Adrian visits SWU today, while MCC hosts ML/B-O.


MCC 100 10 -- 2 6 1

AHS 005 52 -- 12 14 0

JCC 12, SWU 6

HERON LAKE -- Jason Cook was a double shy of hitting for the cycle, as Jackson County Central scored in every inning to post a non-conference victory over Southwestern United.

Cook was 3-for-3 with a single, a triple and a home run. He scored four runs and drove in three.

Ryan Rasche also tripled and drove in a pair of runs, while Trevor Hage had a hit and an RBI for the Huskies (8-5).

Nick Pronk earned the victory, allowing five hits, three earned runs and one walk in four innings. He fanned three batters.

Kirk McBreen (RBI), Octavio Jimenez (two runs) and Mike Stenzel (two-run double in the first inning) were each 2-for-4 to lead SWU (4-9) at the plate.

Derek Stenzel and Tyler Timko each had an RBI for the Wildcats.

Jimenez hurled four innings, allowing just one hit but walking 10 batters. SWU issued 14 walks on the day, compared to just two given up by JCC's hurlers.

JCC visits Redwood Valley, while SWU hosts Adrian today.


JCC 111 242 1 -- 12 7 3

SWU 200 112 0-- 6 9 6

ML/B-O 14, St. James 13

MOUNTAIN LAKE -- Finishing up a suspended game from April 21, the Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin Wolverines rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat St. James.

ML/B-O took leads of 5-0 and 8-2 before St. James scored 10 runs in the fourth and later led 13-10 in the seventh frame.

ML/B-O (8-8) then scored four runs -- all with two outs -- to win in walk-off fashion. Jared Bargen's two-run single tied the game before Matt Strom's RBI-single gave the Wolverines the victory.

Bargen, who had two hits and four RBIs, hurled the final four innings to pick up the victory. He walked three and struck out three batters.

Brandon Fast led ML/B-O with three hits, including a solo home run in the second inning.

Barrett Herrig, Kyle Schroeder and Doug DeFrance each had two hits for the Wolverines, who visit MCC today.


SJ 020 (10)01 0 -- 13 7 1

ML/B-O 512 011 4-- 14 14 2