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Amateur baseball: Adrian A's to host Cubs Friday night

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ADRIAN — It will be a homecoming of sorts for Alex Loosbrock on Friday night as the standout pitcher and the Adrian A’s play host to the Worthington Cubs in a Gopher League amateur baseball game.
The first pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. as the longtime rival Cubs and A’s clash. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon but has been moved up a few days and will be under the lights.
Loosbrock, a star on Adrian High’s third-place team at the state tournament in 2016, recently finished his senior year on the pitching staff at Creighton University. He has been on the Luverne Redbirds’ roster the last few summers and this season is returning to Adrian.
Loosbrock and Adrian teammate Tucker Sorenson, a fine left-hander and one-time star for the Worthington Trojans, could well see action against the Cubs.
It will be a battle for bragging rights among the only two amateur ball clubs in Nobles County.
“Friday should be fun, as it always is when you get to play against guys you’ve always known,” said Adrian manager Michael Preuss. “We have been playing very well. Just need to clean up on some mistakes. Hopefully we can keep the bats hot.”
Adrian took a 2-2 record (1-1 in Gopher) into Wednesday night’s home game against Pipestone. Worthington entered Wednesday night’s game in Luverne still looking for its first victory of the year.
Through four games Adrian was hitting .378 as a team, led by Ian Stamer, Brandon Veen, Jake Olson, Brent Hokeness, Jordan Bertrand and Jake Stamer.
Loosbrock, who spent two years at the University of Sioux Falls before transferring to Creighton, pitched in a total of 44 NCAA games. He worked 102 innings and fanned 92.
“The plan is for both (Sorenson and Loosbrock) to get some innings on Friday night,” Preuss said.

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