JACKSON -- The Adrian bats came to play in the first day of the Jackson American Legion baseball tournament. Adrian turned a 7-3 lead into a 19-3 lead in one inning as Post 32 defeated St. James, 19-6, in Adrian's second game of the day. "That was amazing," Adrian outfielder John Archer said. "We hit them, and we hit them where they were supposed to go." After defeating Jackson 2 9-0 to open the tournament, Adrian stayed undefeated with an offensive explosion in the fourth inning. "They just hit well," Adrian head coach Greg Kruger said. "Jordon (Kontz) crushed the ball again.
JACKSON -- Luverne's Nick Meyer came through when his team needed it the most. Hitting out of the No. 9 spot, Meyer had two hits and drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in Luverne's 2-1 victory over Hector at the LDW Legion tournament in Jackson Saturday. "It was hard-fought," Meyer said. "We needed to throw a little more strikes, but our defense was solid, and it was a close one." Zach Olson allowed one run on two hits while striking out six in a complete-game victory. "It was a pretty solid game and a tight game," Luverne head coach Jared Pick said.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Okoboji's Blake Kliegl was a one-man show Friday night. Kliegl hit two home runs and accounted for all of the Pioneers' runs in a 4-0 victory over Sibley-Ocheyedan in a Siouxland Conference baseball battle. "I was seeing the ball well," Kliegl said. "I was going through the zone and I was swinging nice and easy and they went out." Ray Zalabowski earned the victory for Okoboji (6-4, 13-7), scattering four hits while walking one and striking out 13 batters. "Ray threw a heck of a game," Okoboji head coach Rory Marra said.
ADRIAN -- Marshall Orange's Lee Christensen was a tough out for Adrian all night long. The third baseman had four hits and scored four times -- including what proved to be the game-winning run -- as Marshall defeated Adrian 9-7 in a VFW baseball game Thursday night. "It just felt good out there to play," Christensen said. "I was getting pretty good pitches." Christensen had three singles and a double to lead a Marshall team that committed six errors in the game and missed countless other defensive opportunities. "This is a pretty good game for me, I guess," Christensen said.
ADRIAN -- Jordon Kontz hasn't missed a step since the end of the high school season. Kontz had four hits and drove in four runs to lead Adrian past Edgerton 12-4 in an American Legion baseball game Tuesday night. Kontz started his night with a two-run home run in the first and followed with two doubles before hitting a bloop single in the fifth. "It was pretty good, I was seeing the ball well," Kontz said of his night.
WORTHINGTON -- After not playing a game in more than two weeks, it took a while for Worthington's Joe Ahrens to shake off the rust. However, once the right-hander found his groove, he was nearly unhittable as Worthington opened its Legion baseball season with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Okabena Monday. "We came from behind and had some clutch hits," Worthington coach Joe Rezek said.
ST. CLOUD -- It was a game of opportunity Friday in the consolation bracket at the Class AA state baseball tournament. Mora didn't capitalize when it had the chance, but Pipestone Area's Greg Quist made the most of his every opportunity. Quist threw a complete game and drove in four runs to lead PA to a 7-3 victory over the Mustangs early Friday afternoon. "They surprised me a little bit," PA head coach Rick Zollner said. "But we came out and Greg was sharp. He walked some guys, but he didn't give up many hits.
ST. CLOUD -- Annandale starting pitcher Bert Marsnik didn't have Hall of Fame numbers in the opening round of the Class AA baseball tournament Thursday, but that didn't stop his coach from comparing him to a legend. Marsnik wasn't overpowering and allowed seven runs, but threw well enough to send Annandale to a 10-7 victory over Pipestone Area. "That's Bert, all year long," Annandale head coach Ron Starke said. "He might have an inning where they figure him out a little bit and then he'll come to another level mentally. He doesn't overpower people, but he mixes his pitches.
ST. CLOUD -- The trip to St. Cloud is a familiar one for the Pipestone Area baseball team. For the fourth consecutive year, the Arrow team qualified for the Class AA state tournament, and will open its quest for a state title today. "We've had a nice run of athletes and they've performed when they needed to," PA head coach Rick Zollner said. "It's been kind of a neat thing to go four in a row." After finishing fourth a year ago, the Arrows (19-7) will face Annandale (18-6) at 12:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Luverne's Kaia Nowatzki has come a long way since her days in the back yard with plastic golf clubs. Nowatzki, along with Windom's April Buhler, signed to play golf at Minnesota West Community and Technical College Monday. "It's going to be awesome," Nowatzki said. "April and I are friends.