Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.
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LAKEFIELD -- The Windom Pirates checked off several boxes Wednesday in their 8-0 victory over Lakefield in Game 1 of their Region 13C amateur baseball playoff series in Lakefield. Pitching: Check. Ross Ackerman fired a one-hitter over eight innings. Bunting: Check. The Pirates deftly moved runners forward using small-ball in a three-run seventh inning that broke open a 0-0 game.
WORTHINGTON -- Shawn Hurley, who performed for the Worthington Cubs amateur baseball team this summer, is a player who uses both brains and speed to outwit opponents. His style was on display throughout the season, impressing fans and frustrating opponents simultaneously.
WORTHINGTON -- It’s probably not fair to call Danny Pavelko an impatient hitter. But when he gets a pitch he likes, he doesn’t dither. Pavelko, who batted lead-off, went 4-for-4 Tuesday night in Post 3958’s one-game VFW baseball playoff showdown with Slayton as the locals overcame a fourth-inning 7-3 deficit to emerge with a 13-8 victory. The win placed Worthington in the Final Four Tournament, to be played Saturday and Sunday in Worthington.
Rust is rarely a good thing -- not for nails, and not for baseball teams during playoff time. Teams that are successful in the regular season often get a well-deserved rest prior to jumping into the playoff season. Rest can be good, or rest can make a team rusty, making it harder to advance to the next round.
JACKSON -- The old-timers remember when every little berg had an amateur baseball team. They had fans who were devoted. On some Sundays, whole towns came out to watch the boys of summer play.
WORTHINGTON -- As athletic events go, the All-Comers Track and Field Meet staged by the Worthington Area YMCA isn’t exactly high-caliber. But as pure entertainment, it ranks right up there. The annual event proceeded under warm and sunny skies Monday evening at Trojan Field, and the little kids provided the most fun for spectators.
WORTHINGTON -- It’s never a sure indicator of what’s to come, but it’s always better to be hot upon entering tournament play than to be cold.
ADRIAN -- The Adrian High School wrestling program has come a long way in 50 years. A very long way. Jim Carr, who took over the team in the second year of its existence, for the 1968-69 school year, remembers that at least one person inside the school district advised him to decline “because the interest wasn’t there.” That year, only three boys came out for the team, and Carr wondered if maybe his unofficial advisor was right.
For most major league baseball fans, every season ushers in four stages of emotion. First, optimism. Then hope. Then reality. And finally, resignation. The majority of Minnesota Twins fans, I think, are hovering at the brink of stage four. They may have been there already, and though some of them may have re-thought their status due to the team’s recent victories over mediocre rivals, there’s no doubting the odds. The Twins own a losing record, and it’s too late for them to win the AL Central Division.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington VFW Post 3958 baseball team has plenty to look forward to as it angles toward the playoff season, but in order to take advantage it’ll have to turn its fortunes around. Post 3958 has finished its regular season with a 13-9 overall record, including 6-2 in conference play. But the team is coming off four one-sided losses against Elk River, New Ulm, Marshall and Luverne.