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Monday sports roundup: Luverne tops Windom Area in baseball

Monday night high school sports roundup:

Baseball

Luverne 7, Windom Area 2

LUVERNE -- The Luverne Cardinals and the Windom Area Eagles are both primed for winning spring high school baseball campaigns. On Monday, the Cardinals prevailed, running out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and holding on.

Ben Serie hit a three-run triple in the second inning and Colby Crabtree collected an RBI single. Gaige Nath and Charlie Reisch both belted doubles.

Derek Lundgren (two innings), Jake Haugen (one and one-third), Jade Smith (one and one-third) and Isaiah Bartels (two innings) saw mound duty for the winners. Connor Redman, Kade Sammons and Kobe Lovell pitched for Windom Area.

The victory moved Luverne to 3-0 on the season.

Windom Area 010 100 0 -- 2 4 0

Luverne 330 001 x -- 7 7 2

Softball

Worthington 13, Blue Earth Area 0

BLUE EARTH -- Behind a one-hitter from Sydney Ponto and an offensive explosion from the bats, Worthington got back on the winning track with a six-inning victory over Blue Earth Area.

“We struggled to score some runs the last time, so I think we needed a game like this,” WHS head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. “The 14 hits is awesome, but we also executed some bunts, we executed some base running. We kind of forced them to have to throw the ball around a little bit. We kind of created some things, too.”

In Worthington’s last game, the Trojans lost 5-0 to Fairmont.

“We didn’t score in the first two innings (Monday),” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “I think we were down because we hadn’t scored for so long. We just created some things on the base paths and that gave us confidence.”

Ponto allowed just one hit in six innings. She walked one and struck out six. Behind her, the WHS defense did not commit an error.

“It was as clean as it could be,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “We hadn’t touched a ball since Wednesday, so that’s very encouraging to see that.”

Offensively, Haley Grimmius was 4-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run. She scored a run and drove in four runs. Payton Sauerbrei had two hits, scored twice and had three RBIs. Kami Bird had two hits, with one being an RBI double. She scored twice and stole a base. Sophie Wietzema had a solo home run.

WHS (3-2) hosts Marshall in a double header at the Minnesota West fields.

Worthington 004 414 -- 13 14 0

Blue Earth Area 000 000 -- 0 1 4

Windom Area 8, MLA/C 5

WINDOM -- Windom Area trailed 3-0 after the first inning, but used a five-run fourth to take a three-run victory.

Ellie Maricle earned the victory as she allowed just one earned run on seven hits and struck out six.

Halle Jackson led the Eagles with two hits and two runs scored. Kendyl Sammons also had two hits and drove in two runs. Jenna Brockman scored twice for the Eagles.

Molly Carnell suffered the loss for the Wolverines as she allowed five runs and struck out three.

Brooke Naas had two hits, while Hailey Pidde and Taylor Naas each drove in two runs and Destiny Sybounheuan scored twice.

MLA/C 300 000 2 -- 5 7 4

Windom Area 000 521 x -- 8 9 4

Golf

Tennis

Luverne 4, Fairmont 3

LUVERNE -- Winning three of the four singles and one doubles, Luverne edged Fairmont in a boys tennis match.

At No. 1 singles, Graham Cunningham gave LHS a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Colin Schoeneman won at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-4. Pierce Cunningham won at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-3.

“Our singles players really played some nice matches,” LHS coach Greg Antoine said. “We didn't try to overhit the ball today. We just took what they gave us and played under control

We were steady today. We were pretty consistent in our strokes and points. The singles players need to work on being more on offense rather than defense.”

At No. 4 singles, Jordan Winter suffered a close loss 5-7, 6-1, 6-0.

The Luverne doubles team of Carson Ehde and Griffen Jarchow won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2.

The No. 1 doubles team of Matt Sehr and Cole Stoltenberg lost in three sets, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, At No. 3, Blake Frahm and Seth Bose suffered a 7-5, 6-3 loss.

“The doubles teams played well considering it is the first time with these partners for most of them,” Antoine said. “We hustled and scrambled well in points that we didn't control. We need to work on keeping the ball away from the net players.”

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