There were no surprises Wednesday on opening night of the amateur baseball league playoffs. All of the higher seeds won.
Pipestone defeated the Worthington Cubs 9-1, Lakefield tripped Adrian 7-5, Jackson shut out Ruthton 6-0, Fairmont beat Tracy 6-1, and Hadley outscored Heron Lake 11-6 in Luverne.
Brandan Alfson recorded 15 strikeouts against Worthington in a complete game for Pipestone. Shawn Hurley started for the Cubs and took the loss. Worthington’s only run came in the sixth inning as Tyler Linder doubled, Ryan Swanson hit a bloop single, and Josh Wasmund beat out a double-play attempt after an infield bouncer.
Nick Bruning was the winning pitcher in the Hadley game.
In Jackson, Ryan Rasche pitched the full nine innings for the Bulls, allowing only three hits while walking one and striking out nine. Blaise Jacobsen and Andy Wolf had two hits apiece for the winners.
Tyler Tennyson had three hits for Fairmont and Matt Lytle got the win after pitching seven innings.
The best-of-three playoff series resume Friday and Saturday. On Friday in 7:30 p.m. starts, Pipestone is at Worthington, Lakefield at Adrian and Jackson at Ruthton. On Saturday in 2 p.m. starts, it’s Heron Lake at Hadley and Fairmont at Tracy.
The third games of each series, if necessary, will be played on Sunday.