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Amateur Baseball: Cubs split weekend slate

Lakefield's Bryce Christopher (left) is forced out at first base as Worthington Cubs first baseman Josh Wasmund (27) makes the catch for the out during an amateur baseball game Saturday in Worthington.

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Cubs used a strong outing by Jon Reller Sunday against the Windom Pirates to come away with a weekend split.

After losing 6-0 to the Lakefield Horned Frogs on Saturday, the Cubs bounced back Sunday with a 2-1 win against the Pirates. Reller went six innings in the game, striking out two batters on three hits and allowing one run.

"We were able to hit a lot better on [Sunday] than we did on Saturday," Worthington coach Josh Wasmund said. "We didn't get too many hits, but we were able to get just enough offense to get the win."

Worthington picked up its two runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Wasmund. From there Reller held off the Pirates, allowing just one run over six innings.

"That was the longest outing Jon has had all season," Wasmund said. "He did a really good job as a whole."

Jerrad Meinders came in to get the save in the seventh inning for Worthington.

Cody Melendrez went 2-for-3 on the day to lead the offense. Mitch Jensen, Jerrad Meinders, Eric Koob and Wasmund all went 1-for-2 for Worthington in the second game.

Lakefield's Phil Pronk pitched a complete game shutout in the win on Saturday over the Cubs. Cody Johnson took the loss for the Cubs.

"The loss on Saturday wasn't what we wanted, but we were able to throw a lot of pitchers out there to get some work in," Wasmund said. "We are using these last few games as a tune-up for the playoffs."

Worthington (4-15) opens up the amateur baseball playoffs on Wednesday in Pipestone against a yet to be determined opponent.


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Windom 5, Minneota 4

Nick Kulseth picked up the win on the mound for the Windom Pirates against the Minneota Mudhens Sunday night in Windom, going four and one-third innings in relief.

Windom took an early 2-0 lead in the first, but Minneota tied things up in the second. The two teams traded leads through the next six innings, until a walk off hit by Brett Mattson in the bottom of the ninth gave the Pirates the the win.

Mattson was 3-for-5 on the day, with three RBIs, while Kirby Johnson also went 3-for-5 and scored the winning run. Brandon Thongvivong and Knutson each had two hits in the game.

The Pirates (4-12) play again Wednesday in the opening round of the amateur baseball playoffs against a yet to be determined opponent.


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Wilmont 7, Adrian 0

Justin Saufley pitched five shutout innings to lead the Wilmont Cardinals to a 7-0 win over the Adrian A's Sunday.

Wilmont picked up six of its seven runs in the fifth inning and tacked on another run in the sixth.

Zach Dingman took the loss for Adrian.

Jay Scheidt led the Wilmont offense with a double and three RBIs followed by Blake Rogers and Adam Diekman each picking up two hits apiece.

Adrian was led by Glenn Kruger's two hits at the plate.

Wilmont (17-2) starts the amateur baseball playoffs this week and will receive a first round bye.


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Jackson 9, Hadley 7

Pat Boggess picked up the win for the Jackson Bulls over the Hadley Buttermakers Sunday.

Chris Halbur recorded the loss for Hadley.

Andy Wolf went 3-for-5 for the Bulls, while Caleb Rossow and Zach Copley each had home runs.

Trent Carlson and Joe Larson both had three hits and an RBI for the Buttermakers in the game.

Both teams will play in the amateur baseball playoffs later this week.


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