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Prep baseball: Adrian beats Worthington in wild finish

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ADRIAN — Worthington was just one out away from picking up a non-conference win Thursday at Adrian.

The Dragons were down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh when Jake Diekmann-Bullerman walked and stole second. Two wild pitches later, the game was headed for extra innings.

Again, Worthington had a chance to work out of a sticky situation. The Trojans had two outs in the bottom of the ninth before Jordan Dingmann and Logan Rogers drew back-to-back walks. Ryan Lee, working on just one day of rest, struck out Ian Ruppert for what appeared to be the final out. The ball got to the backstop, however, and the throw to first base skipped into right field. The error allowed Dingmann to score the game-winning run all the way from second, giving Adrian a 6-5 victory.

Rogers picked up the win in relief for the Dragons when he turned in a one-hit performance during which he struck out five in four innings of relief work. Lee took the hard-luck loss for the Trojans, coming on in relief to give up three runs on three hits. Nathan Russell started and also allowed three runs on three hits.

Nick Reyne had a pair of doubles for Adrian with Jordan Bertrand ripping an RBI single. Dingmann and Brady Lonneman had an RBI each. Carson Hagen slammed a three-RBI double in the first for Worthington with Trevor Witezema and Blake Fauske coming through with a single apiece.

Adrian (8-2 overall, 5-0 Red Rock Conference) hosts a 4:30 p.m. conference clash with Mountain Lake Area on Tuesday. Worthington (4-3 overall, 3-2 Southwest Conference) will try to get off the schnide at 5 p.m. tonight on its home field against New Ulm.


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Marshall 13-9, Windom 3-0

MARSHALL — Windom Area had a rough night Thursday in its road doubleheader against Marshall.

The Tigers came out hot and never really let up as they swept the Southwest Conference games 13-3 and 9-0.

In the opener, Marshall scored three runs in the first but the Eagles came back to tie it with a three-run second. Unfortunately for the visitors, Marshall answered with a seven-run second and never looked back, running away with a 13-3 win.

Joe Wieneke went 2 2/3 innings in the loss with Drew Hmielewski going all five and striking two for the win. Bryton Severson and Wyatt Stevens both went 2-for-2 for Windom. Bryce Johnson and Hmielewski enjoyed a 3-for-4 performance each with the latter driving in and scoring three runs.

The nightcap wasn’t as lopsided as it looked; Windom just couldn’t put any runs on the board.

Marshall scored a run in the third and another in the fifth to take a slim 2-0 lead into the top of the seventh. There, it let loose to the tune of seven runs to blow the game open.

Sam Huska went six innings for the loss on the mound with Nate Hoeft striking out five and taking the win for the Tigers. Huska finished 2-for-3 at the plate while Jack Mellstrom and Zach Bartosh both went 1-for-3. Johnson, Riley Sharbono and Noah Winkelman had two hits each for Marshall.


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Marshall 370 03 — 13 16 0


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Marshall 001 010 7 — 9 11 0

Luverne 16, Pipestone 2

PIPESTONE — Luverne continued to roll through Southwest Conference play Thursday when it ran away with a 16-2 road win over Pipestone Area.

The Arrows hung with them for the first few innings, tying the game with two runs in the home half of the third. From there, however, it was all Cardinals. They scored five in both the fourth and sixth innings with a four-spot in the middle.

Gunnar Olson got the win in relief for the Cardinals as he allowed just one hit over five innings. Andrew Verhey was 3-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored and two more batted in. Connor Hoffman, Olson, Josh Slieter, Connor Crabtree, Zane Hiller and Tommy Vajgert all added two hits each.

Mauricio Sada took the loss for Pipestone despite striking out six during just 3 1/3 innings of work. Dominic Freese was 1-for-2 with a pair of runs batted in to lead the Arrows.


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Windom 001 000 0 — 2 3 8

MCC 8, Wabasso 7

SLAYTON — Host Murray County Central scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a 7-4 deficit.

It was a wild game — meaning pitching wildness.

Wabasso starter Neil Eichten, who pitched five and two-thirds innings, walked seven and hit four batters. Four MCC pitchers combined for 10 walks of their own.

Grant Rohrer, the third pitcher for the Rebels, got the win. Jordan Ahlers got the save.

Paul Mesner went 3-for-4 at the plate for MCC witih two RBIs. Nick Petersen had a double and Mitch Woldt hit a solo home run in the sixth. T.J. Van Peursem went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.


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MCC 040 004 x — 8 7 2