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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LUVERNE -- Brainerd is a long way to go for a baseball tournament, but it’s never too far if it’s a state tournament. The Luverne VFW baseball team will begin state tourney play in Brainerd on Thursday. After a long practice on Monday, and a shorter practice on Tuesday, the team will head north early this morning and arrive in time for a pre-tournament banquet. Then at 10 a.m. Thursday, Luverne will take on Litchfield.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org JACKSON -- The Jackson Bulls, after beginning the season losing 10 of their first 12 games, are going to the Minnesota state amateur baseball tournament.
With only one out in the top of the ninth inning, the potential tying run was on third base. But a gutty, athletic play by shortstop Easton Bahr saved the day for the Jackson Bulls, resulting in a 3-2 victory over Windom in the first game of a best-of-three Region 13C playoff game Wednesday night at Wacker Field. Jackson led Windom 3-0 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning, and that's how it stayed until the Pirates plated a single run in the sixth and another in the seventh.
WORTHINGTON -- Arriving at Minnesota from Florida, Rebecca Colon is the new head of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College volleyball program, and she’s rarin’ to go. “I’m just extremely excited about the season. I want it to start right away. But I’m really looking forward to meeting the girls,” she said this week in her office. Colon was born and raised in Orlando, Fla., and this is her first time in Minnesota.
Anxious for fall to arrive? Midwesterners love the summer, because it’s so fleeting. But high school sports fans around these parts can’t help but begin looking ahead to fall, because amateur baseball, Legion and VFW baseball seasons are winding down. Soon, prep soccer, football, volleyball, cross country and tennis will explode onto the scene.
JACKSON -- With only one out in the top of the ninth inning, the potential tying run was on third base with only one out. But a gutty, athletic play by shortstop Easton Bahr saved the day for the Jackson Bulls, resulting in a 3-2 victory over Windom in the first game of a best-of-three Region 13C playoff game Wednesday night at Wacker Field.
LUVERNE -- The Luverne VFW baseball qualified Sunday for a third consecutive berth in the state tournament, but it had to rally from a 2-0 deficit to beat Worthington to do it.
MANKATO -- Worthington’s second tournament game with Mankato American went better than the first, but the result was the same, and the Post 5 American Legion baseball team exited Sub-State Two play Friday with a 6-5 loss. Post 5 finished the season with a 15-9 record.
LUVERNE -- Luverne baseball under Mike Wenninger always sounds the same when he says it. But that’s not bad. The veteran coach of the high school Cardinals cherishes the same kind of attitude in his VFW team.
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. 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.