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Irish outscore Cubs 8-1 in amateur playoff opener

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MILROY -- The Milroy Irish defeated Worthington 8-1 Wednesday night in the opening game of a three-game amateur baseball league playoff series.

In other first-round games Wednesday, Windom beat Ruthton 8-1, Lakefield topped Pipestone 6-1, Hadley tripped Mountain Lake 3-1, Adrian edged Heron Lake 8-6 and Jackson thumped Tracy 12-1 in seven innings.

On Friday, Windom was at Ruthton, Lakefield at Pipestone and Milroy at Worthington. Today (Saturday) in 2 p.m. starts, Jackson is at Tracy, Adrian is at Heron Lake and Mountain Lake is at Hadley.

The third game of each series, if necessary, is Sunday.

In the Cubs’ game with Milroy, it wasn’t until the Irish scored five runs in the fifth inning that they put distance between themselves and their underdog rivals. Until then, Milroy’s lead was just 1-0.

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“They had seven hits and five runs in the fifth inning,” said Cubs player-manager Ryan Swanson. “Overall, the pitching was not bad, and we played good defense. We just didn’t ge enough people on base.”

Worthington had six hits overall and left six baserunners on the sacks.

Logan Huisman pitched four and two-thirds innings for Worthington, and Braydon Donkersloot hurled three and one-third innings.

Offensively, Danny Pavelko went 2-for-4 with a double while Turner Rogers, Eli Gaul and Tyler Linder each had a hit.

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