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Amateur baseball: Cubs pitch, hit way past Heron Lake

DOUG WOLTERdwolter@dglobe.com WORTHINGTON -- Ten games into the 2016 amateur baseball season, it's probably safe to say that the Worthington Cubs are better, and more balanced, than they've been in years.On Wednesday night at the middle school fi...

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TIM MIDDAGH/DAILY GLOBE Worthington Cubs base runner Lucas Henning is forced out on his way to second base Wednesday night as Heron Lake’s Joey Kinley completes a throw to first.

DOUG WOLTER
dwolter@dglobe.com

WORTHINGTON - Ten games into the 2016 amateur baseball season, it’s probably safe to say that the Worthington Cubs are better, and more balanced, than they’ve been in years.
On Wednesday night at the middle school field in Worthington, the Cubs pounded out 14 hits in a 15-6 victory over the Heron Lake Lakers. The pitching was solid, and the hitting was probably even better.
“We’ve got lots of good arms. In years past we’ve had one or two. This year we’re looking at four or five, or more,” said player-coach Josh Wasmund moments after Wednesday’s game.
A quick look through the statistics revealed another happy fact.
“All but one starter had a hit. We had lots of hard-hit balls. We had six extra base hits. We worked 10 walks,” Wasmund said.
The 8-2 Cubs received an especially fine hitting performance from Joe Ahrens, who was 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs and five RBIs. Ahrens slugged a solo home run, drove in two more with a single, and belted a two-run homer over the leftfield fence in the seventh inning.
Ryan Swanson had two hits and four RBIs, and Ryan Lee and Justin Saufley had two hits of their own.
Saufley pitched the first six innings, allowing four earned runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. Lee finished up strong.
Trey Cranston had two of Heron Lake’s six hits. One was a double.
Four Heron Lake pitchers saw action.
R H E
Heron Lake 101 022 000 - 6 6 1
Worthington 011 540 31x - 15 14 4
Fairmont 13, Windom 1
WINDOM - Scott Chirpich pitched seven innings and Fairmont rolled past the Windom Pirates in a seven-inning contest.
Brad Schlomann took the loss for Windom.
Nathan Adrian had a double for the Pirates and teammate Sam Huska singled and had the team’s lone RBI.
R H E
Fair 803 011 0 - 13 17 2
Win 001 000 0 - 1 6 6

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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