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Amateur baseball: Lanoue leads Milroy Irish past Cubs

WORTHINGTON -- There’s one thing that could be said about the Cubs after Milroy scored 11 runs in the second inning Wednesday night and rolled to a 21-9 amateur baseball victory in seven innings. The Cubs didn’t quit and, in fact, were outscored by only one run through the final five innings.

Credit Brady Lanoue, a 2016 Tracy Area High School grad and current slugger on the Southwest Minnesota State baseball team, for sinking the Cubs in their game at the middle school field. The left-handed Lanoue clobbered a second-inning pitch from Cubs starter Logan Huisman far over the right field fence for a grand slam, which gave the Irish an 8-0 lead. Lanoue, who also hit a double, finished with seven RBIs for the contest.

It was the third grand slam of his baseball career and it was not the first time, he said, where he collected seven RBIs in a game.

“Tonight it just felt so much better, because everybody was hitting the ball so well tonight,” said Lanoue, now in his fifth season with the Irish after playing two seasons while still in high school.

He got his perfect pitch from Huisman.

“It was a fastball, a little bit in, middle-high,” he said.

Run-scoring hits by Kenny Morris, Dominic Dolan and Jake Plaetz preceded Lanoue’s big clout. Huisman then gave way to Eric Heidebrink for mound duties, but three more runs scored on a couple of hits, a couple of errors and a wild pitch in the bloated half-inning.

The score was 14-0 before the Cubs revealed some productive offense of their own. An infield hit by Huisman, a solid single by Ryan Swenson and a walk to Heidebrink loaded the bases before Ethan Duffy ripped a two-run double off the fence in right field. Proof that the Cubs, though down, were not out occurred moments later when speedster Shawn Hurley moved from first base to second base on a steal, then motored toward third before the next pitch while Milroy starter Morris was still in his windup. Morris’ throw to third got by third baseman Plaetz, and Hurley trotted home for the Cubs’ fourth run of the inning without another throw.

Worthington scored another run in the fifth aided by singles from Josh Wasmund and Tucker Sorenson. In the seventh, Duffy hit his second double of the game to drive in another runner, and Hurley added a two-run single.

Morris was the winning pitcher, tossing six innings. Heidebrink pitched four and two-thirds innings in relief of Huisman, and Eli Gaul twirled one inning.

In all, Milroy collected 14 hits to Worthington’s 12. Worthington committed five errors, but also misplayed a few other balls.

After the game, Lanoue said that all the Irish players are playing toward qualifying for the state Class C tournament for a third year in a row. Lanoue, himself, enjoys playing for the Irish when he’s not playing for Southwest Minnesota State.

“The big thing is getting more at bats,” he said. “Hitting is a lot of swinging the bat and getting a lot of opportunities. It seems like I never stop playing baseball, from spring into summer.”

Milroy 1(11)0 312 4 -- 21 14 3

Worthington 000 410 4 -- 9 12 5

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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