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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 -- 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.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- Adrian's Chris Reisdorfer pulled away from Jackson's Matt Kocak to win the 83-finisher 5-K event at the 26th annual Worthington YMCA Fun Run at Olson Park Wednesday evening. Reisdorfer, who will be a junior at Adrian this fall, clocked a winning time of 18:55 for the 3.1 mile distance. Kocak, who will be a sophomore at Jackson County Central, finished the course in 19:03. Both Reisdorfer and Kocak are gearing up for their upcoming cross country seasons. "It was hot and humid," said Reisdorfer after the race.
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.
JACKSON -- Scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Jackson Bulls defeated the Heron Lake Lakers, 8-2, Friday night, earning the right to challenge Fox Lake Sunday for the First Nite League championship. Riding the steady pitching of lefty Ryan Rasche, the Bulls turned a couple of key defensive plays and kept the Lakers off the scoreboard most of the game. Heron Lake, which pulled a pair of upsets to get to this game, finishes its season with a 6-15 record.
LUVERNE -- Featuring a 20-player roster, filled with good athletes that display versatile baseball skills, the Luverne VFW team enters today's four-team, double-elimination, District 3 Tournament with a solid all-around ball club. Having won the championship of the South Sub-District last weekend, Luverne opens district competition against Olivia, the runner-up of the North Sub-District. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start at Pipestone. The tournament begins at 11:00 a.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Last weekend I spent some time with family and friends at the state park on the shores of Lake Shetek. I stayed at the wolf campground and was really impressed with the facilities and the set up in general. I took my three musketeers and the other house dog Tina along, as pets are allowed as long as they stay on a leash. I was not the only one who thought that bringing fido along would be fun.
WINDOM -- First cousins Mitch and Tyler Leopold stroked the big hits and after a shaky first inning, Heron Lake's Matt Franks pitched a gem, shutting out Windom over the next seven. Getting a total of 11 hits and a clutch relief performance from Jerry Haberman, the Heron Lakers defeated the Windom Pirates, 6-2 at Island Park, eliminating the top-seeded Pirates (11-8) from the First Nite League playoffs. Heron Lake (6-14) stays alive in the double elimination tournament and will face the Jackson Bulls at Jackson Friday evening.
HERON LAKE -- Fresh off four victories in the Southwestern Sub-District VFW baseball tournament, Heron Lake-Okabena -- sponsored by Lakefield Post 4743 -- will play this evening at Dassel in the eight-team District Two Tournament. HL-O will tangle with Chaska, the champions of the Southeastern Sub-District, at 6:30 p.m. "We've had a real good year," said HL-O manager Kevin McBreen. "We are older and more experienced this year, and we believed that we could compete with the better teams." The squad has played often, a total of 31 games, and has competed well.