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Lovell brothers pitch Windom to amateur baseball wins

Brothers Collin and Kobe Lovell enjoyed a good day for the Windom Pirates in an amateur baseball doubleheader

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Collin Lovell likes being on the mound and dominating.

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But what the Windom pitching star really enjoys is watching his little brother throw the heck out of the baseball.

So last Sunday was a terrific twinbill for the Pirates and their ballplaying brothers.

First, 27-year-old Collin struck out 12 in six dominant innings as Windom’s exceptional town team defeated Lakefield 8-1.

Then 21-year-old Kobe Lovell tossed a seven-inning shutout and fanned 10 as the Pirates blanked Heron Lake 2-0.

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“It’s really fun to sit back and watch him pitch like that,” said Collin. “He’s grown up a lot in the last couple of years and is really throwing well.”

Kobe also had a run-scoring single against Heron Lake.

“He’s a lot better hitter than I am,” Collin said with a chuckle.

There are few pitchers in our region as talented as the right-handed Collin, a former star reliever at Augustana (S.D.) University. The hard-throwing Collin said he didn’t quite have his best stuff against Lakefield.

But it was certainly good enough.

“I didn’t think I was quite as sharp as I usually am,” said Collin, who has led the Pirates to a pair of state tournaments and has been drafted by state-tourney teams from Jackson, Hadley and Fairmont during his great career. “I know you’re not going to be at your best every day, and you’ve got to work through that.”

Luke Gilbertson had three hits, and Alex Fink and Nick Christensen had two apiece for the Pirates against Lakefield.

Kobe Lovell, who pitches at Southwest Minnesota State, is a left-hander who is following in his brother’s huge footsteps. And that can be a daunting proposition.

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“I tell Kobe to just be himself,” Collin said. “I’d really rather see him do well rather than me.”

Kobe allowed four hits and three walks against Heron Lake, outdueling the Lakers’ fine young pitcher Logan Knutson. Ross Ackerman had a pinch-hit RBI single for the Pirates.

“Kobe finally got his changeup going,” said Collin. “He was smooth and consistent.”

The Lovell brothers are the sons of Gene and Shelley (Becker) Lovell. Gene played a little baseball back in the day at his native Storden-Jeffers High, while Shelley is remembered as a star athlete in Ellsworth.

“We’re having a lot of fun this summer,” said Collin, whose Pirates are 12-3 in the First Nite League. “We hope our team gets back to the state tournament.”

In other amateur baseball games last weekend involving First Nite and Gopher League teams it was:

Hadley 7, Heron Lake 6

HERON LAKE — Justin Benda had two hits and two RBIs for the Buttermakers on Sunday, who clinched the victory by throwing out the potential tying run at the plate for the last out of the game.

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Heron Lake trailed 7-2 entering the final inning. The Lakers scored a pair and had the bases loaded with two out when Juan Sermo cracked one down the line for a double that scored two. The Buttermakers made two strong, accurate throws to record the final out at the plate.

Max Zwart had two hits and Eric Wieneke had an RBI double for Hadley.

Hector Castro had three hits for the Lakers, while Gabriel Robles added two. Jonathon Curry had a double.

Milroy Irish 7, Hadley 2

MILROY — Nick Bruning had two hits and a home run for Hadley.

The Gopher League-leading Irish have won 12 in a row.

Milroy 12, Ruthton 8

MILROY —Derek Smith went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Fox Lake 5, Adrian 4

TRUMAN —Payton Anderson’s RBI single in the seventh capped a two-run rally and gave the Foxes a victory.

Luverne 7, Fairmont 4

FAIRMONT—Newt Johnson homered and Derek Lundgren gained the pitching triumph for Luverne.

Luverne 10, Fox Lake 1

TRUMAN —Cade Wenninger earned the pitching victory for the Redbirds, who are 12-2 in Gopher League play.

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The Cubs were credited with a victory when Pipestone forfeited because of a lack of players.

Adrian 8, Mountain Lake 0

ADRIAN —Nick Harder had three hits as Adrian picked up a non-conference victory over Mountain Lake last Wednesday.

Jake Stamer had two hits and pitched eight shutout innings for the victorious A’s.

Jackson 11, Heron Lake 1 (8)

Lefty Gavin Jacobsen struck out 14 in eight complete innings for Jackson last Wednesday.

Ryan Rasche had a two-run double and Alex Bretzman contributed two hits for Jackson.

Hector Castro and Alexis Rodriguez had the only hits for Heron Lake.

Fairmont 8, Windom 5

WINDOM — Spencer Chirpich threw seven strong innings for Fairmont.

Hadley 12, Lakefield 4

LAKEFIELD —Winning pitcher Sam Erickson had three hits for the Buttermakers last Wednesday. He pitched nine innings, fanned 12 and allowed just one earned run.

Jacob Van Dam, Joe Larson and Nick Bruning had two hits apiece, with Bruning driving in four runs.

Taylor Christopher, Bryce Christopher and Ryan Christopher each had two hits for Lakefield.

STANDINGS

(League games only)

First Night—1, Windom 12-3; 2, Jackson 12-5; 3, Fairmont 6-4; 4, Fox Lake 4-7; 5, Lakefield 3-9; 6, Mountain Lake 2-6; 7, Heron Lake 2-12

Gopher—1, Milroy 12-0; 2, Luverne 12-2; 3, Hadley 8-4; 4, Adrian 5-6; 5, Ruthton 4-9; 6, Pipestone 3-8; 7, Worthington 1-11

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 29: Adrian at Worthington, 7:30; Hadley at Pipestone, 7:30; Luverne at Milroy Irish, 7:30; Fairmont at Mountain Lake, 7:30; Heron Lake at Lakefield, 7:30

Friday, July 1: Pipestone at Lakefield, 7:30

Sunday, July 3: Luverne at Adrian, 2:00; Windom at Heron Lake, 2:00; Fox Lake at Ruthton, 2:00; Worthington at Hadley, 5:00; Fox Lake at Pipestone, 5:00

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