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Amateur baseball: Wilmont cruises along

Worthington Cubs second baseman Eric Koob leaps high for an errant catcher's throw as Milroy's Tyler Peterson (4) is safe on a steal attempt Sunday afternoon in Worthington.

HADLEY -- Wilmont's Justin Saufley hurled a gem at the Hadley Buttermakers Sunday, helping lift the Cardinals' amateur baseball record to 16-2 Sunday.

The Cardinals, fresh off a 15-5 victory over Minnesota earlier in the day, shut out the Buttermakers on a 4-0 score.

It's fun when you're winning.

"We're having a fun season," Saufley said. "Our defense has been playing well, and we're finally starting to hit the ball. That's the key. We've been able to take advantage of other teams' mistakes."

The Cardinals began the 2013 season showing inconsistency at the plate, Saufley explained, but the bats were solid on Sunday with eight hits against Minneota and 11 against Hadley. Nick Ahrens collected a double and drove in two runs in the first game and Mike Vorwald drove in a pair of runs on his own. In the second game, Ahrens had two more hits. Steven Kremer had two hits and scored twice and Tanner Loosbrock added a couple of hits with an RBI.

Adam Diekmann was the winning pitcher in the Minneota game (both games Sunday went seven innings). He pitched six innings and allowed six hits, striking out eight.

Tony Shaikowski was the losing pitcher.

Saufley gave up just five hits in the Hadley shutout, showing pinpoint control by walking nobody. He also struck out 12.

Zach Bruns went the distance for Hadley.

Willmont, 13-2 in league play, goes on the road to play Lakefield Wednesday in a 7:30 p.m. game.


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Worthington edges Adrian

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Cubs rebounded from an 8-5 loss Saturday at home against Fox Lake for an 8-7 victory on the road against Adrian on Sunday. Later Sunday, they were beaten by Milroy in Worthington, 6-5.

On Saturday, the Cubs got a 3-for-3 plate performance from Joey Kinley. Eric Koob had two hits and Tommy Hayenga hit a two-run triple in the first inning.

Worthington led 4-0 after the first but couldn't hold it. The Cubs used three pitchers in the game. Ethan Duffy started and was relieved by Nate Jensen and Jerrad Meinders.

Matt Bezdicek was the winning pitcher in relief.

Worthington's fortunes improved at Adrian. The Cubs led 4-0 after three innings, allowed five Adrian runs in the fourth, then scored four in the sixth to take an 8-7 advantage that held up.

Nobody had more than one hit for Worthington, which had nine in all. Josh Wasmund stroked a two-run double in the sixth and Adam Munkel had two RBI. Joe Joswiak's two-run single in the sixth put the Cubs up to stay.

Duffy was the winning pitcher in relief of Nate Jensen. Collin Sandbulte took the loss.

Hunter Sieperda was 3-for-4 for the A's with a double and two RBI.

Milroy finished Worthington's night with a two-run seventh inning, overcoming a 5-4 deficit. The visitors used an error, a sacrifice, an Isaac Dolan triple and a Tyler Peterson single to go ahead.

The two runs spoiled the heroics of Worthington's Cody Melendrez, who stole home in the bottom of the sixth, with two out, to put the Cubs ahead.

Jared Kinley had three of Worthington's 11 hits in the game. Teammates Tommy Hayenga and Munkel added two hits apiece.

Dan Frank, who came on in relief in the sixth to get the last Worthington out of the inning, was the winning pitcher. Munkel went the distance for Worthington and took the loss.

Worthington, 2-15 on the season, hosts Fairmont at noon on Saturday and hosts Windom at 2 p.m. on Sunday.


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Fairmont 13, Heron Lake 1

HERON LAKE -- Fairmont's Taylor Morris pitched five strong innings and belted a three-run home run to help lift the Martins to a 13-1 victory over the Heron Lake Sunday.

Logan Peymann went 3-for-3 for Fairmont, while Jon Ellis, Max Waletich and Jay Ruen each had two hits to spark the Martins' 12-hit attack which included four runs in the third, five in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Alex Meyer pitched four-plus innings for Heron Lake and also cracked an RBI single in the first inning. Lon Eichenberger and Ike Rogers had the other hits for the Lakers.

Heron Lake (7-12, 6-7) plays at Windom Wednesday night.


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Pipestone 4, Hadley 1

HADLEY -- In a Saturday game, Pipestone's Brandon Alfson turned in a strong pitching performance in a victory over Hadley, allowing a first-inning run but no more in a route-going gem. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out 10.

Justin Reinsma went the distance for the Buttermakers.

Greg Quist went 3-for-3 to lead the Pipestone hitting attack and Brady Legler contributed two more hits. Joe Larson had a hit and the lone RBI for Hadley.


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Luverne 5, Hadley 3

HADLEY --On Sunday, Luverne got two hits apiece from Richard Gonzalez and Connor Fitzer in overcoming the Buttermakers.

Gonzalez drove in two runs.

Joe Larson had two hits and an RBI for Hadley and teammate Nate Wieneke had a double.

Brian Beuning was the winning pitcher, coming on in the fifth inning in relief of Phil Paquette. Chris Halbur took the loss.


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Jackson wins twice

JACKSON -- In a pair of home games Sunday, the Jackson Bulls defeated Tracy 9-2 and Pipestone 7-0.

Pat Rients homered and tripled for the Bulls against Tracy and Tom Hady pitched a complete seven-inning game, allowing four hits.

In the second game, Rients tripled for the winners. Ryan Rasche pitched five innings and took the win, giving up four hits.