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LUVERNE -- Striking early with four first-inning runs and later plating a trio of runs in the seventh to break a 4-4 tie Saturday night, the Luverne Redbirds defeated Fox Lake, 7-4, in the Region 13C championship game at Redbird Field. Both teams play at the state tournament in Norwood next Sunday night. Fox Lake plays the Region 1 champion at 5 p.m., while Luverne plays the Region 1 runner-up at 7:30 p.m. The teams also receive an additional draft pick for the state tournament.
JACKSON -- Riding the veteran arm of Kent Woelber and the hot bat of Jeff Sehr Thursday night, the Luverne Redbirds captured a 5-2 victory in Game 5 of their Region 13C playoff series with the Jackson Bulls to advance to the state amateur baseball tournament. The victory completes Luverne's series comeback, as Jackson led 2-0 after the first two games of the best-of-five series. Luverne hosts Fox Lake at 7:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- As an outdoors columnist for the Daily Globe, I have the opportunity each week to write about a subject matter that I hope is of interest to you -- and in the process -- make you a little better informed reader in matters regarding our precious natural resources and outdoor issues. Not a week goes by that someone doesn't comment on one item or another that appeared in a previous week's column. Many folks have additional questions or can relate to my writing in one way or another.
ADRIAN -- Last weekend in Springfield, Adrian's American Legion baseball team defeated Blue Earth, 7-6, in an eight-inning thriller to claim the Second District championship, sending Post 32 to this weekend's state tournament in Ely. Twice in the 1970s, Adrian experienced legion baseball playoff success, advancing to the district tournament in both 1976 and 1979. "We were young in '76," recalled Jim Lutmer, who was a key player on both of those squads.
LUVERNE -- Jared Pick and Kirby Johnson locked up in another pitchers' duel Tuesday night, but this time, Pick and his Luverne Redbird teammates prevailed after scratching out two runs in the bottom of the ninth to earn a 3-2 victory in Game 4 of their Region 13C playoff series with the Jackson Bulls. The best-of-five series is now tied at two games apiece, and Game 5 will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Jackson The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament. Pick and Johnson each hurled strong games in Game 1 of the series -- a 3-0 Jackson victory.
JACKSON -- In a high-scoring game, with a football-like final tally, the Luverne Redbirds prevailed Sunday afternoon at Wacker Field, 17-10, forcing a fourth game in the best-of-five Region 13C playoff series with the Jackson Bulls. Jackson (17-13) still leads the series, 2-1 and can clinch a state tournament trip with a victory in game 4 -- which will be played at 7:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- There is a new show on one of the cable channels that show episodes of this guy traveling all over the world to see just how many visually distasteful things that he can put in his mouth and eat. I only watched it for a few minutes and came to the conclusion that this guy must be nuts. I am willing to try different foods as long as they actually look like something a normal person might eat. I was at the Round Lake Sportsman's Club's Horned Trout Tournament a few weeks ago and visited with a gentleman named Keith Bremer.
JACKSON -- Kane Malo slammed a two-run home run and hurled a gutsy complete game Friday night at Wacker Field, sparking the Fox Lake Foxes to a 6-4 victory over the Wilmont Cardinals in Game 2 of their Region 13C playoff series. Fox Lake now leads the best-of-five series, 2-0. The Foxes can sweep the series when the teams meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in Wilmont Malo's two-run blast was the highlight hit in the Foxes' four-run first inning.
LUVERNE -- Crafty Jackson Bulls veteran Tom Hady twirled seven scoreless innings Friday night, while teammates Blaise Jacobsen (3-for-4) and Corey Polz each ripped RBI doubles, leading the Bulls to a 6-2 Region 13C playoff victory over the Luverne Redbirds. The win gives Jackson a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 3 will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday in Jackson Hady, who has nearly 20 years of pitching experience as an area amateur baseball player, was in command throughout the contest. "He's (a) veteran," summed up Luverne skipper Barry Shelton.
JACKSON -- Kirby Johnson and Ryan Rasche combined to throw a four-hit shutout Wednesday night, as the First Nite League champion Jackson Bulls opened up their best-of-five Region 13C playoff series with a 3-0 victory over the Luverne Redbirds. A draftee from Windom, Johnson (four hits, four walks, three strikeouts) went 7 2/3 innings and out dueled Luverne's Jared Pick. The Redbirds' ace left-hander also hurled 7 2/3 innings, striking out 15 Bulls and allowing just five walks, three hits and one run. "Pick is one of the premier pitchers in our region," Bulls manager Scott Bahr said.