LUVERNE -- Having not played a game in a week, head coach Jared Pick and the Luverne American Legion baseball team didn't know how the pitching would respond Friday night against Edgerton. However, Adam Ossefoort and Chris DenHoed cast all the doubts away to combine on a masterful performance on the mound. Ossefoort allowed one run on four hits while striking out six to lead Luverne to an 11-1 victory in the first round of the legion playoffs. "I got behind a couple of hitters, and it's tough to get people out when you get behind them," Ossefoort said.
LUVERNE -- After striking out for just the second time all summer, Okabena's Lon Eichenberger was determined not to let it happen twice in a game. In his last at-bat, Eichenberger crushed a triple and later scored to put the finishing touches on a 7-1 victory over Windom in the opening round of the American Legion baseball tournament Friday night. "I was a little upset about striking out, because I don't like striking out that much," Eichenberger said. "So I said what the heck, I'll give it a ride in my last at-bat.
CHASKA -- I take pride on being average on the golf course. I'm not going to break any scoring records, but I'd like to think that I can hold my own on just about any course with just about any golfer. That was until I got acquainted with Hazeltine National Golf Club last week. I started my day at 8 a.m. on the 14th hole, and nearly five hours, two golf balls and 94 painful strokes later, I sank my final putt on the tricky 13th hole.
HERON LAKE -- The Okabena American Legion baseball team found the right formula for victory Saturday. Okabena used timely hitting, near-perfect defense and a pair of solid pitching performances to defeat Worthington, 9-3, in a nine-inning contest. "We hit the ball well," Okabena head coach Kevin McBreen said. "We didn't have too many strikeouts, and in the top of the order we didn't have any.
READING -- From his second time on the track, Justin Luinenberg has known success. "My brother started racing, and my parents were gone one weekend," Luinenberg explained. "I decided to take his old car up to Slayton, and I didn't do so hot the first night. But my second night out I won. "I kind of got an easy start," Luinenberg continued.
SHELDON, Iowa -- Sibley-Ocheyedan has played in one-run games all season long, so it was no surprise that the first round of the Class 2A baseball tournament came down to the last inning. Matt Juber threw strikes when he needed to, and the Generals (12-11) used some tricky base running to capture an 8-7 victory over South O'Brien Saturday. "We played well," Juber said. "I tried to throw strikes and keep the ball down. My outfield made some nice plays behind me, and (Cody) Dirks made a nice play at short.
WORTHINGTON -- Two days after allowing 25 hits and 38 runs in two losses to Adrian, the Worthington team had other plans for Tuesday night's legion baseball game against Jackson. Starting pitcher Matt King did not allow a hit as Worthington won a decisive 10-0 five-inning victory. "I just threw well, and they didn't hit the ball very well," King said.
WORTHINGTON -- For six and a half innings, the Slayton VFW baseball team appeared as if they were going to avenge their early-season loss to Worthington. However, Post 3952 came through at the right time with six runs in the bottom of the last inning for an 8-7 victory. "We needed the confidence because we're on a three-game skid," Worthington head coach Ryan Weber said. "It's unbelievable.
ADRIAN -- It wasn't always pretty for the Adrian offense Friday night. Post 32 had two hits against Pipestone, but managed to score enough runs in a 5-4 victory in an American Legion baseball game. "I think we played pretty well," Pipestone's Darrell Stout said. "Obviously, errors will affect if you win or lose. We probably could have prevented that, but you have bad days and you have good days." Pipestone (4-2-1) had three hits, and scored three early runs against Adrian starter Jordon Kontz. However, after the first inning, Kontz allowed one run and one hit.
WORTHINGTON -- It was a whirlwind of a weekend for Worthington's Joe Ahrens. In the span of five days, Ahrens played with some of the best talent in Minnesota, then with his Worthington Legion teammates, watched a College World Series game and finally, was part of the coaching staff for a VFW game. "It makes you think of the minor leagues -- traveling non-stop, going from one place to another," Ahrens said. "But it's been a lot of fun.