Section 3AA baseball: Luverne falls to NL-S in section title game
GRANITE FALLS -- After it defeated New London-Spicer 3-2 to force a second game in the Section 3AA baseball championship on Thursday in Granite Falls, Luverne had the Wildcats on the ropes with a lead in the sixth, until the long road through the...
GRANITE FALLS -- After it defeated New London-Spicer 3-2 to force a second game in the Section 3AA baseball championship on Thursday in Granite Falls, Luverne had the Wildcats on the ropes with a lead in the sixth, until the long road through the loser’s bracket caught up with them.
Already without their top two pitchers, Tyler Reisdorfer -- who was ineligible to pitch after pitching in the loser’s bracket final on Thursday -- and Ben Serie -- who won the first game on the mound -- the Cardinals’ Derek Lundgren hit his pitch limit late in Game 2. And the Wildcats took advantage, quickly turning a 3-1 Cardinals lead into a 7-3 Wildcats lead.
“Derek threw a good ballgame for us and then we went with Declan -- Declan has pitched some for us,” Luverne head coach Mike Wenninger said. “Declan pitched a good sixth for us, but he got into some trouble in the seventh and we had some other guys throw too.”
The first seven batters reached and scored for NL-S in the seventh. John Perkins, Will Roguske, Wyatt White, Josh Soine, Ethan Haugen, Derek Dolezal, and matt Spaulding all came in.
The Cardinals had built up the lead with a three-run first inning in which Jaxon Nelson hit a two-run homer, driving in Declan Beers. And Gaige Nath drove in Reisdorfer.
“We started out hot, we had a double and then a home run,” Wenninger said. “We scored three in the first and then I think we just put it on cruise control and stopped. We needed to keep scoring.”
Nelson was 1-for-2 in the game with the homer and was hit by two pitches, while Nath was 2-for-2 with two singles a walk and an RBI, and Beers was 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and reached on an error.
The first game, the Cardinals found themselves in a 2-0 hole in the third inning, when Perkins and White each scored. But Luverne came back, sealing the win with a three-run fifth. Lundgren led the inning off with a double, Mark Sterrett walked and then Declan Beers drove them both in with a two-out triple. Beers scored on a passed ball.
“That seems to be our mantra today -- score three in an inning,” Wenninger said. “We scored our three and then we were done there too.”