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Amateur baseball: Cubs fall in state opener; Milroy wins

BROWNTON -- A hot pitcher, and the Worthington Cubs' own mistakes in the field, cost them in their Class C amateur state baseball tournament opener Saturday. Rival pitcher Tyler Jendro painted the plate like Rembrandt in leading the Sobieski Skis...

 

BROWNTON -- A hot pitcher, and the Worthington Cubs’ own mistakes in the field, cost them in their Class C amateur state baseball tournament opener Saturday. Rival pitcher Tyler Jendro painted the plate like Rembrandt in leading the Sobieski Skis to an 8-0 victory in Brownton.

Due to wet grounds in Hutchinson, the 7:30 p.m. game was moved to Brownton. But a change of venue didn’t help the Cubs as Jendro fired a two-hit shutout. Six Cubs errors contributed to six unearned Sobieski runs.

“He didn’t miss. He didn’t make mistakes over the plate, that’s for sure,” Worthington player-coach Josh Wasmund testified of Jendro, who solved the Cubs by hitting his spots from a variety of throwing angles.

Worthington, who all season long won with a deep pool of dependable hitters and an equally deep pool of strong pitchers, couldn’t get the hits on Saturday to make a game of it. Adam Munkel doubled for the Cubs and teammate Lucas Henning singled, but that was all the offense the southwest Minnesota team could muster.

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“You just gotta give credit to the pitcher,” Wasmund said.

Meanwhile, Henning -- who was undefeated as a starter during the 2016 summer campaign -- didn’t get the help in the field he normally received. The left-hander pitched six innings, allowing five hits (three doubles) and five runs. He walked two and struck out two.

Only one of Henning’s runs was earned.

“Lucas pitched well. We make the plays behind him and he’s cruising through that game,” Wasmund said.

Adam Schmidt, a draftee from Fairmont, pitched one inning for the Cubs, allowing no hits but two unearned runs. Collin Lovell, a draftee from Windom, also pitched one inning, allowing two hits and a run.

Jendro walked one and struck out nine Cubs in eight innings of work. Teammate Collin Eckman went 3-for-5 at the plate. Scott Litchy and Joey Hanowski each had a pair of hits.

Worthington finishes the season with a 20-7 record.

“It’s a success that we made it back to state. But a little disappointing because we had the pieces to make a run,” Wasmund said.

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Milroy edges St. Benedict In another first-round Class C game, played Sunday, the Milroy Irish nipped St. Benedict 4-3 at Brownton. The Irish scored a single run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the winning score as Anthony Dolan came home on an error by St. Benedict catcher Johnny Dittmann.

Matt Lytle, a Fairmont draftee, retired St. Benedict batters 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth inning to preserve the win.

The Irish will next play New York Mills Saturday in Dassel beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Hadley Buttermakers, winners of the Region 13C tournament, will play their first state tournament game Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Hutchinson against Regal.

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Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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