Cubs fall to Pipestone, host two on Sunday
PIPESTONE -- The Pipestone A’s needed to put together a solid effort after coming off a couple of tough losses. The Worthington Cubs, too, had come off a couple of tough losses and were looking Wednesday to get back on the right track.
Success for the A’s. Not so much for the Cubs.
Pipestone defeated a depleted Worthington squad 10-0 in Pipestone Wednesday night. Wildness on the part of Worthington pitchers had sunk the Cubs on Sunday in 9-1 and 5-4 losses to Heron Lake and Mountain Lake, respectively, but it was defense and a lack of hitting that hurt the Cubs Wednesday. In a game where only nine Cubs players were able to compete, the visitors committed six errors and collected only two hits.
Pipestone, which fell 3-1 in 10 innings to Adrian and 8-6 to Hadley in its previous two contests, is now 5-4 on the season.
“It was the worst we played all year,” said Cubs player-coach Ryan Swanson. But he added, “We should have a full squad back for Sunday in Worthington.
The Cubs’ home opener will take place late Sunday afternoon at the local middle school field. There are two games scheduled on the day after July 4th -- a 5 p.m. start against the Windom Pirates and a 7 p.m. start against the Heron Lake Lakers.
Worthington will attempt to reverse losses to both teams in previous attempts. The Cubs played an exhibition game against the Pirates, at Windom, in late June and lost 8-1. It was the first outing of the year for the Worthington team.
The Pirates, meanwhile, have struggled as of late. They lost 5-3 to Jackson on Sunday, surrendering two runs in the top of the ninth inning, beat Mountain Lake 6-5 and lost other recent games to Fairmont 10-3 and New Ulm 14-10.