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.
WORTHINGTON -- As the Minnesota West volleyball program signed five athletes to play for the Lady Jays next season, head coach Janet Haren is getting more than just quality volleyball players. "We're really lucky with the recruits that we have and with the girls that we have coming back," Haren said.
ADRIAN -- For Adrian's Glen Kruger, it's becoming a family tradition. Kruger was named to the 2008 All-State Baseball team in Class A, following in his brother's footsteps. "It's a good feeling knowing that Dad got it in Iowa, and my brother got it in Adrian," Kruger said.
WORTHINGTON -- The momentum of Monday night's game quickly wore off for the Worthington VFW baseball team. Post 3958 scored 11 runs in the first three innings Tuesday night against Sioux Falls East and held on to an 11-6 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. "We came out hitting," Worthington head coach Ryan Weber said. "We hit the ball well against Fulda, and our lineup is tough one through nine. Everybody can put the ball in play; it's just a matter of everybody getting hot at one time.