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Jackson, Luverne earn Legion wins; Adrian falls

BLUE EARTH -- Jackson scored three runs in the first inning, and that's all what was needed Friday night as it went on to edge WIndom 3-2 in a first-round game in American Legion District Baseball Tournament action.

BLUE EARTH - Jackson scored three runs in the first inning, and that’s all what was needed Friday night as it went on to edge WIndom 3-2 in a first-round game in American Legion District Baseball Tournament action.

 

Ethan Bahr stroked a first-pitch single up the middle to get things started for Jackson, and he promptly stole second. Chris Gumto then brought Bahr across the plate with an RBI single to give an advantage his team would not give up.

 

An RBI groundout from Dylan Svoboda later in the inning made it 2-0, and Zach Neal brought the score to 3-0 with an RBI double. That offense proved to be just enough for Gumto, who went the first six innings on the mound to earn the pitching victory. Gumto scattered five hits, while walking five and striking out five.

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Darius Johnson came on in the seventh to throw a hitless inning, facing four batters while delivering 11 pitches for the save. Luke Gilbertson went the route on the hill for Windom.

 

Jackson will take on Springfield in a winner’s bracket game at 5 p.m. today.

 

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Springfield 6, Adrian 1 Springfield broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to its win over Adrian, which will play Windom in the consolation bracket at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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After falling behind 1-0 in the second when a run came home on a suicide squeeze bunt, Adrian knotted the score in the top of the fifth. Landon Rogers singled and eventually came around to score on an RBI base hit by Zack Loosbrock. Both Rogers and Loosbrock finished the game 2-for-3 at the plate, accounting for all of Adrian’s four hits.

 

Springfield, though, broke things open thanks in large part to five walks and one hit by pitch in the bottom of the fifth. Alex Loosbrock was on the mound for Adrian and surrendered just four hits; he walked seven and struck out seven in the contest. Skylar Polzine relieved on the mound in the sixth and finished up.

 

With the setback, Adrian now has a record of 11-5 on the season.

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Luverne 5, Wells 4 Luverne held off a late Wells to move into a second-round game tonight against either Wabasso or Winnebago/Blue Earth.

 

The scoring opened in the bottom of the first when a bases-loaded walk to Gaige Nath scored Mark Sterrett, giving Luverne a lead it would never relinquish.

 

Luverne went on to score in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 4-0 game. Dalton Vis scored on a double by Derek Lundgren (three hits) for the first run of the frame, and a Declan Beers triple brought home Sterrett and Lundgren to make it 4-0.

 

Trey Roberts doubled in the fifth to score Nath and what proved to be the game-winning room, as Wells got four in the top of the sixth but would get no closer. Every Luverne starter except Sterrett, who scored twice, got at least one hit.

 

Jake Haugen threw all seven innings on the mound for Luverne, surrendering four hits and just one walk while fanning four Wells batters.

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