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Sorenson dominates for Adrian A's in Wednesday playoff

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LAKEFIELD — Tucker Sorenson had Adrian baseball fans in a joyous mood here Wednesday night.

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And for the A’s, the celebration weekend is just getting started.

The southpaw Sorenson pitched a one-hitter and struck out 16 in a brilliant nine-inning effort Wednesday as the A’s opened a best-of-three playoff series with a 2-0 victory over the Frogs. Sorenson, a former Worthington High star, allowed a single to the first hitter he faced and then was lights out.

“He started 19 batters with first-pitch strikes and that’s a huge advantage for him,” said Adrian manager Mike Preuss. “His fastball was coming in hard, the slider was moving and he even got a couple of guys swinging with the change up.

“Tucker looked great.”

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Teenaged standout Quentin Wolf went 4-for-4 for the A’s, while Preuss knocked in a run and scored another. Sorenson was 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Jake Olson added two hits.

The A’s host Lakefield Friday night at 7:30 in Game 2 of the series. This weekend is a town celebration in Adrian, with a Ribs and Rims party starting Friday night at 5:30.

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After the ballgame, the Johnny Holm Band will play in Adrian.

The Windom Pirates and Milroy Irish, regular-season champions in the First Nite and Gopher Leagues, respectively, have byes into the Region 13C playoffs, which start July 27.

In other first-round playoff games on Wednesday — all the openers in best-of-three series — it was:

Hadley 8, Mountain Lake 2 (see Doug Wolter’s story online)

Luverne 13, Heron Lake 1

LUVERNE — Phil Paquette had four hits and Ben Serie was dominant on the mound for the Redbirds.

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Derek Lundgren had three hits for Luverne, while Serie tossed a three-hitter.

Game 2 is Saturday afternoon at 2 in Heron Lake.

Fox Lake 6, Ruthton 0

TRUMAN — Paxton Gravlin threw a five-hitter and struck out 17 for the Foxes.

Owen Wolter and Steven Zehms had two hits each for Fox Lake.

Game 2 is Friday night at 7:30 in Ruthton.

Fairmont 12, Pipestone 1

FAIRMONT — Tyler Tennyson pitched well for the Martins, who collected 16 hits on the night.

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Game 2 is Friday night at 7:30 in Pipestone.

Jackson def. Worthington

JACKSON — The Bulls took Game 1 by forfeit over the Worthington Cubs.

Game 2 is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 in Worthington.

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