Adrian, Luverne still alive in Legion tourney
BLUE EARTH -- Adrian went 2-0 over the weekend to remain alive in the Minnesota District 2 Division 2 American Legion baseball tournament, with a Sunday win earned thanks to a dramatic five-run rally in the bottom of the final inning.
BLUE EARTH - Adrian went 2-0 over the weekend to remain alive in the Minnesota District 2 Division 2 American Legion baseball tournament, with a Sunday win earned thanks to a dramatic five-run rally in the bottom of the final inning.
Adrian, which lost to Springfield on Friday in its initial game in the tournament, will next take on Wabasso in the double-elimination event. That matchup is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.
Luverne, meanwhile, followed up its first-round victory on Friday with a Saturday triumph before a setback Sunday sent it into the losers’ bracket. Luverne will face the Adrian vs. Wabasso winner at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Jackson, which also won its first-round game, was defeated Saturday and Sunday and is now out of the tournament.
Adrian 4, Windom 0
Adrian 5, Winnebago/Blue Earth 4 Jacob Stamer hurled a complete-game shutout as Adrian eliminated Windom in its Saturday game. Stammr allowed five hits and struck out four while hitting two Windom batters.
Landon Rogers started things off well for Adrian, as he connected on the first pitch of the afternoon for a triple. A Stamer fielder’s choice made it a 1-0 game, and Adrian would add another run in the second when Alex Loosbrock reached on an error, stole second base and came home on an RBI single by Zach Hendel.
A Nick Harder single and a couple of Windom fielding errors helped make the score 4-0 in the third, and that would be more than enough for Stammer on the mound. Rogers had a triple and single in the game, and Harder also had a pair of hits. With the loss, Windom was eliminated from the tournament.
On Sunday, Adrian trailed Winnebago/Blue Earth 4-0 going into the last of the seventh and had managed just one hit offensively against hurler Zac Schonrock. But Mitchell Wagner began the inning by reaching on an error, and a double from Zack Loosbrock quickly got Adrian on the scoreboard.
Brent Hokeness would also reach on a defensive miscue, and a Zach Hendel single made it a 4-2 ballgame. With two outs, Jeffery Cowels singled and Rogers delivered a bases-loaded hit to trim the deficit to 4-3. An RBI single brought home Hendel to knot the score, and Wagner then singled in pinch-runner Tristan White for the walk-off win.
Winnebago/Blue Earth had scored all of its four runs in the top of the first inning on the benefit of just two hits. Harder allowed a total of three hits in pitching the game’s first four innings, while Rogers threw one-hit ball over the last three frames and earned the mound victory.
Windom 000 000 0 - 0 5 3
Adrian 112 000 x - 4 6 0
W/BE 400 000 0 - 4 4 2
Adrian 000 000 5 - 5 7 2
Luverne 11, Winnebago/Blue Earth 4
Springfield 11, Luverne 2 Luverne got off to a fast start in its Saturday game and never looked back. An RBI single by Jake Haugen, a throwing error and a Ben Serie sacrifice fly made it a 3-0 contest in the top of the first, and while W/BE would answer with one in the bottom of the third, Luverne scored four in the fourth to break things open.
Lundgren drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning with a hit, and Trey Roberts, Gaige Nath and Mark Sterrett each contributed hits in the inning - with Declan Beers also adding an RBI double - for a 7-1 Luverne lead. W/BE notched a single run in the fifth, but Luverne got four in the seventh.
Lundgren went the first four innings on the mound to earn the pitching victory, striking out five hitters. Jade Smith went the final three innings and picked up three Ks. Beers and Lundgren with two hits apiece as Luverne collected a total of nine hits in the game.
On Sunday, Luverne and Springfield played to a scoreless tie through four innings. Springfield tallied a run in the top of the fifth, but Luverne quickly answered for a 1-1 deadlock entering the sixth. That’s when Springfield put up an eight-spot to essentially ice the game.
Serie went the first five and two-thirds inning on the mound before being relieved by Jacob VanDam, who went the final one and one-third. Luverne was outhit 13-5 in tumbling into the losers’ bracket.
Luverne 300 400 4 - 11 9 1
W/BE 001 030 0 - 4 6 3
Spring 000 018 2 - 11 13 0
Luverne 000 011 0 - 2 5 0
Springfield 9, Jackson 5
Wabasso 12, Jackson 5 After edging Windom in a first-round game Friday, Jackson dropped ballgames Saturday and Sunday and was eliminated from the tournament.
Darrius Johnson led Jackson with two hits, while Easton Bahr and Chris Gumto added a hit apiece in the matchup against Springfield.
On Sunday, Johnson, Ryan Christopher and Keegan Klontz each had a pair of hits to lead Jackson. Bahr, Zach Neal and Ethan Lindley each contributed doubles. Klontz took the loss on the mound.