Cody Mather tossed a complete game shutout as the Milroy Irish defeated Hadley 1-0 Wednesday night in the first game of the Region 13C Final Four amateur baseball tournament. Also Wednesday, Fairmont trimmed Windom 5-4. Windom will host Fairmont at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Game Two of the best-of-three series. Game Two of the Milroy-Hadley series is Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hadley. Three of the four teams will qualify for the state tournament, scheduled for Aug. 18-20, Aug. 25-27 and Sept. 1-4 at Green Isle, Hamburg and Norwood.
LUVERNE -- The signs point to Luverne as the team to beat in this weekend’s District 3 Final Four VFW baseball tournament. Luverne’s Redbird Field will play host for the entire event, affording coach Mike Wenninger’s club home-field advantage throughout. Given the fact that Luverne has lost just one league game in the last two seasons, the future is looking pretty bright for the No. 1 seed. Not so fast, said Wenninger this week.
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First-round games of the Region 13C amateur baseball playoffs were played Wednesday night. Hadley defeated Lakefield 7-6, Fairmont topped Jackson 5-1, Luverne beat the Milroy Irish 10-4 and Windom beat Pipestone 4-1 in 10 innings. Second games of the best-of-three series resume on Friday (7:30 p.m. starts) as Luverne is at Milroy, Fairmont is at Jackson and Pipestone is at Windom. Hadley hosts Lakefield at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Series finales are set for Sunday, if necessary.
PIPESTONE -- The host Pipestone A's rolled past the Worthington Cubs 11-1 in seven innings Thursday in their first best-of-three amateur baseball playoff opener. Brandan Alfson was the winning pitcher. Justin Soufley started for Worthington and was tagged with the loss after working five innings. Danny Moffitt and Bayley Colemer each had a double for Pipestone. Hitters 1-6 in the Pipestone order had two hits apiece. Worthington, which committed four errors, had just four hits in the game -- all singles.
STARK -- Eric Heidebrink had a big two-run double in the seventh inning and the Worthington American Legion baseball team forged a come-from-behind nine-inning 6-3 victory over Faribault Wednesday night in Division I, Second District tournament action. Worthington continues in the tournament today with a 1:30 p.m. game against the Mankato Nationals at Sleepy Eye. If Worthington wins that game, it will play again tonight at 8 p.m. A loss will send it to a 5 p.m. game.
Wednesday's scheduled amateur baseball playoff game between Worthington and Pipestone was postponed. The two teams will contend tonight (Thursday) in the first game of a best-of-three series starting at 7:30 p.m. The game will be played in Pipestone.
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JORDAN -- Though their goal of a Minnesota state Class A baseball championship was burst earlier Friday, the Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove Falcons finished strong by claiming third place. Parkers Prairie, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, defeated RRC/W-WG 8-3 in the semifinals, but the Falcons turned around and drilled Wabasha-Kellogg 12-0 in five innings to win the third-place game at the Mini Met in Jordan.
Champion Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove captured five spots on the 2017 All-Red Rock Conference baseball team. And Edgerton/Southwest Christian has six players on the softball squad after going undefeated through the conference. Here are the selections for both sports, including school and grade: BASEBALL