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Estherville's Olesen is big stick for Jackson Bulls

Evan Olesen, an Estherville, Iowa, native who plays collegiately at Northwestern (Iowa), had four doubles for Jackson on Sunday as the host Bulls defeated Fox Lake 14-4 in an amateur baseball game.

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Jackson’s Evan Olesen was double trouble for the Fox Lake Foxes last weekend.

Olesen, an Estherville, Iowa, native who plays collegiately at Northwestern (Iowa), had four doubles for Jackson on Sunday as the host Bulls defeated Fox Lake 14-4 in an amateur baseball game.

“Each one down the left field line,” said veteran Jackson skipper Scott Bahr. “Evan is a good player and we’re glad he’s on our team.”

The Bulls won their First Nite League season opener as pitchers Ryan Rasche, Ben Scheevel, Kevin Holm, Pat Boggess and Sean Minder combined to strike out 13.

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Olesen scored three times and drove in a run for the Bulls.

Jackson’s Andy Wolf knocked in two runs and Blaise Jacobsen had two hits and three RBIs. What’s significant about that is this: Wolf, who has played for Bahr for two decades, is the shortstop and Jacobsen is the catcher.

And they’re both 41 years old.

“Good friends and solid players,” Bahr said.

Meanwhile, the Worthington Cubs notched their first victory of the season Sunday with an 8-6 triumph over the Heron Lake Lakers. The Cubs, managed by Ryan Swanson, also dropped a 5-1 decision Sunday to Lakefield.

Following a season-opening loss to defending Class C state champion Fairmont, the Cubs are 1-2. All three games were on the road.

Worthington was just 2-12 last summer.

“There have been a lot of positives so far,” Swanson said. “We’re hitting the ball well ... We didn’t come up with clutch hits against Lakefield, but that changed (vs. Heron Lake).”

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Shawn Hurley, 22, was 4-for-6 in the doubleheader. Against the Lakers Hurley scored four runs and had two stolen bases.

Easton Sauerbrei and Tate Gaul each had two hits, and Swanson contributed a three-run double.

Logan Huisman earned the pitching victory for the Cubs. Huisman had two hits against Lakefield.

Lakefield defeated the Cubs as veteran pitcher Phil Pronk threw four strong innings. Taylor Christopher and player-manager Nolan Luhmann each had two hits for the Frogs. Veteran stick Dustin Pronk and young Andrew Hesebeck also had solid games offensively.

Heron Lake’s Eli Becker had two hits. Earlier in the day, the Lakers dropped a 3-0 decision to Fairmont. Adam Schmidt fired a 3-hit shutout for the Martins.

On Sunday, the Cubs will be home for a doubleheader. Worthington meets Windom at 2 and takes on powerful Fairmont at 5.

In other games last week:

Milroy Irish 10, Luverne 4

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LUVERNE — Lefthanded-hitting Gaige Nath hit his first career homer for Luverne, but the Redbirds fell to the Irish on Sunday. The Milroy squad bounced back after a 10-7 loss to Sacred Heart on Saturday.

Adrian 4, Pipestone 1

PIPESTONE — Tucker Sorenson allowed only one hit and struck out 11 in six sparkling innings as Adrian edged Pipestone on Sunday.

Ian Stamer had two hits and three runs scored and Brent Hokeness doubled and singled twice for Adrian.

Stamer finished up on the mound for the winners. Pipestone’s Brandon Alfson, who fanned nine in seven innings, took the loss.

Hadley 14, Tracy 4

HADLEY — Kellan Johnson drove in three runs with two hits and Sam Erickson pitched six crisp innings as the Buttermakers defeated the visiting Engineers.

Veteran catcher Trent Carlson had three singles and picked off a runner at third base, while Joe Larson had two hits and two RBIs. Eric Wieneke and Eric Dahlgrent also drove in two runs.

Erickson, a veteran righthander, scattered six hits and did not a walk a batter.

Windom 7, Ruthton 0

WINDOM — Collin Lovell fanned nine and allowed but one hit in four innings as the host Pirates blanked the Royals.

Kobe Lovell and Dane Nielsen pitched well in relief for Windom. The Pirates got three hits apiece from Alex Fink and Alex Borsgard.

FIRST NITE LEAGUE STANDINGS

(Overall)

Fairmont 2-0

Windom 2-0

Jackson 1-0

Lakefield 1-1

Heron Lake 1-2

Worthington 1-2

Fox Lake 0-2

Mountain Lake 0-2

GOPHER LEAGUE STANDINGS

(Overall)

Adrian 2-0

Hadley 2-0

Milroy Irish 2-1

Luverne 1-1

Pipestone 0-2

Ruthton 0-2

Tracy 0-3

GAMES THIS WEEK

(Subject to change; check local venues)

Sunday, May 16

Fairmont at Adrian, 2 p.m.

Luverne at Hadley, 2 p.m.

Ruthton at Milroy Irish, 2 p.m.

Pipestone at Tracy, 2 p.m.

Fox Lake at Mountain Lake, 2 p.m.

Jackson at Heron Lake, 2 p.m.

Windom at Worthington, 2 p.m.

Fairmont at Worthington, 5 p.m.

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