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Amateur Baseball Round-Up for June 13, 2022

Jackson town team is on a roll.

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JACKSON — The Jackson town team is on a roll these days, and a lot of different guys are giving the Bulls a push.

Jackson defeated Fox Lake 10-1 last Wednesday and on Sunday earned seven-inning victories over Ruthton, 17-0, and the Fairmont Martins, 4-2.

Easton Bahr, the son of Jackson manager Scott Bahr, had four hits and four RBIs against Ruthton. Veteran lefty Ryan Rasche pitched a shutout.

Jackson’s Evan Olesen was superb on the mound against Fairmont, allowing just five hits and striking out 10.

Blaise Jacobsen and Nate Monson had pinch-hit RBI singles in the sixth inning as the Bulls rallied past the highly regarded Martins.

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It was a memorable day for many Jackson players.

“We used a lot of guys, 16 or 17 on the day who contributed a lot of good things,” said Scott Bahr. “It truly was a team effort.”

A victory over Fairmont, which won the Class C state championship two years ago, is something to savor.

“It wasn’t the best Fairmont team; they were missing several players,” Bahr said. “But we were missing three starters ourselves. That’s amateur baseball in June. People have work, family, vacations and other things. We kind of like that. We’ve got 23 guys on our roster and it’s always fun for different guys to step up and get the job done.”

In Jackson’s victory over Fox Lake, Gavin Jacobsen fanned an amazing 20 hitters and threw six no-hit innings. Shad Wacker had three hits for the Bulls.

Windom’s winning ways continue

The Windom Pirates have some of the best pitching in southwest Minnesota thanks to several veteran stars. A few young hitters are also helping the Pirates win games.

Windom defeated a powerful Luverne squad 4-3 last Wednesday, then knocked off the Worthington Cubs 13-0 on Sunday.

Drew Rothenberger had two doubles and 11 different Pirates reached base against Worthington. He just completed his sophomore year at Windom Area High. Two weeks ago in his amateur baseball debut, Rothenberger had a double and game-winning homer in two games. He continued his fine hitting last weekend.

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“He’s got that confidence, a little bit of swag at the plate,” said Windom manager Nick Kulseth. “He’s not afraid, just a very confident young hitter.”

Braydon Kreofsky pitched effectively against Worthington, which struggled defensively.

In Windom’s victory over Luverne earlier in the week, Collin Lovell struck out eight to pick up the win. Luke Gilbertson registered the save with a game-ending strikeout in a two-on, two-out situation when Luverne threatened in the ninth.

Windom’s runs came from two-out RBI singles by David Volk, Alex Fink, Nick Christensen and Noah Kloss.

Ben Serie struck out 14 in an impressive pitching performance for Luverne.

“I’m not gonna lie,” Kulseth said. “Luverne’s got a solid team. It’s a very good ball club that’s a tough team to beat. Their hitting squad is very good. But anytime you put Collin on the mound it’s a real equalizer.”

Adrian 10, Heron Lake 4

ADRIAN — Jordan Bertrand pitched eight strong innings and Tucker Sorenson had a single and a double as the A’s defeated the Lakers last Thursday.

Milroy Irish 12, Heron Lake 2 (8)

MILROY — Moses Dolan had three hits as the Irish prevailed on Sunday. Tyler Peterson threw a complete game to pick up the victory.

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Angel Perez had two triples for the Lakers.

Milroy Irish win non-league games

Tyler Peterson and Tyler Maeyart combined to throw a shutout as the Irish defeated the Lamberton Long Sox 5-0 last Wednesday. The Irish defeated Bryant 10-0 last Friday as Derek Smith had three hits and Moses Dolan threw a shutout.

Hadley 10, Ruthton 0 (7)

RUTHTON — Right-hander Jacob Van Dam fired a no-hitter as the Buttermakers defeated Ruthton last Wednesday.

Van Dam, who plays both basketball and baseball at Crown University in Saint Bonifacius, walked one and struck out seven.

Abe Paulzine drove in three runs for Hadley. Alex Petersen, Joe Larson, Nick Bruning and Carter Benda each had two hits.

Luverne at Atwater tourney

ATWATER — Skyler Wenninger hit his first home run of the summer as Luverne defeated Kimball 11-4.

The Redbirds also beat Atwater 7-1 as Derek Lundgren belted his first big fly of the season. Jake Haugen pitched a complete-game, nine-inning gem for the Redbirds.

Adrian at Arlington tourney

ARLINGTON — The A’s won two of three here over the weekend, topping Kensington 12-4 and defeating the Westonka Waves of Mound 6-2. Adrian fell to Prior Lake 8-2 in the championship game.

Tucker Sorenson threw a four-hitter and struck 16 in Adrian’s victory over Westonka. Jake Olson had two hits and two RBIs, while Jake Stamer added two hits. Jake Stamer earned the win with five-plus sparkling innings of relief and Brandon Veen knocked in two runs against Kensington’s Norsemen. Ian Stamer had two singles.

Mike Preuss and Ian Stamer had two hits apiece in the loss to Prior Lake.

Buttermakers, A’s in Pipestone tourney

PIPESTONE — The host A’s defeated Hadley 7-2 to claim third place in the Pipestone Pepsi tournament. Pipestone’s Collin Moeller had two hits and three RBIs, while Cole Lueck added two hits.

The Bloomington Bandits defeated the Harrisburg Hops 4-3 in the championship game.

Pipestone fell to Harrisburg 8-0 and defeated Wabasso 5-3 earlier in the tournament.

Hadley received a five-inning three-hitter from Avery Weber in a 10-0 victory over Benson on Saturday. Eric Wieneke had two hits and Chris Halbur blasted a three-run home run.

Bloomington edged the Buttermakers 6-5 on Saturday night. Jacob Van Dam struck out 10 and allowed only three earned runs for Hadley. The Buttermakers’ Kyler Deacon had three hits, while Abe Paulzine and Danny Blankenship had two each.

STANDINGS (League games only)

Gopher League

1, Milroy Irish 6-0; 2, Luverne Redbirds 6-2; 3, Hadley Buttermakers 5-2; 4, Adrian A’s 4-2; 5, Pipestone A’s 3-4; 6, Ruthton Royals 1-8; 7, Worthington Cubs 1-9

First Nite League

1, Windom Pirates 8-1; 2, Jackson Bulls 9-2; 3, Fairmont Martins 4-3; 4, Lakefield Frogs 3-3; 5, Fox Lake Foxes 2-4; 6, Heron Lake Lakers 2-8; 7, Mountain Lake Lakers 1-5

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 15

Hadley at Worthington, 7:30; Jackson at Adrian, 7:30; Lakefield at Luverne, 7:30; Milroy Irish at Windom, 7:30; Fox Lake at Fairmont, 7:30

Friday, June 17

Fox Lake at Lakefield, 7:30; Jackson at Windom, 7:30

Sunday, June 19

Worthington at Mountain Lake, 2:00; Adrian at Pipestone, 2:00; Luverne at Hadley, 2:00, Ruthton at Mountain Lake, 2:00; Windom at Fox Lake, 2:00, Jackson at Milroy Irish, 2:00; Lakefield at Milroy Irish, 5:00; Jackson at Hadley, 5:00

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