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Sub-district Legion baseball: Luverne, Adrian, HL-O advance; Jackson to try for No. 2 seed tonight

DAILY GLOBE Luverne and Adrian will go in as the top two seeds from Sub-District A into the Second District American Legion baseball tournament, and surprising Heron Lake-Okabena, fresh off a 4-3 victory over Edgerton Sunday night, will go in as ...

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Luverne and Adrian will go in as the top two seeds from Sub-District A into the Second District American Legion baseball tournament, and surprising Heron Lake-Okabena, fresh off a 4-3 victory over Edgerton Sunday night, will go in as the third seed.

In Sub-District B, Springfield defeated Jackson 3-1 Sunday to qualify as that tournament’s No. 1 seed, but the No. 2 seed will be determined today in Windom. At 6 p.m., Wabasso and Welcome/Sherburn tangle. The winner of that game will play Jackson at 8 p.m. for the right to advance.

Just two Sub-District B teams move on.

The Second District tournament will be hosted by Springfield July 15-17 and July 23-24.

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Here’s a look at area weekend sub-district play from host sites Luverne and Windom:

Sub-District A

In the 2 p.m. Saturday championship game, Luverne took advantage of wildness on the part of Adrian starting pitcher Alex Loosbrock to win 10-0 in five innings.

“We didn’t have a lot of hits in that game, but we were able to score enough runs,” said Luverne head coach Barry Shelton.

Connor Crabtree went the distance on the mound for Luverne to pick up the victory.

“He threw hard,” said Adrian coach Lance Rogers. “We had our chances, but we couldn’t come up with the timely hits. Every time we put somebody on, he made the pitches to get out of it.”

Heron Lake-Okabena earned the No. 3 seed by overcoming a 3-2 deficit in the fifth inning against Edgerton Sunday night. Logan Knutson, who pitched the last three innings, got the mound victory while David Volk and Ethan Becker each had a pair of hits.

Knutson struck out four batters in his three innings of work. He only allowed one base runner.

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HL-O head coach Lucas Knutson will bring a 7-8 team into the district tournament in Springfield. “These guys didn’t have a lot of success during the spring season,” he said Sunday night. “But we actually started out 3-0 in the summer. We’ve been pretty competitive during the season.”

The sub-district tournament opened Friday with Edgerton defeating Heron Lake-Okabena 5-2 and Pipestone beating Fulda 22-2 in five innings. On Saturday, Luverne beat Edgerton 13-3 in five innings, Adrian edged Pipestone 1-0, Edgerton topped Fulda 21-4 in five innings and Heron Lake-Okabena beat Pipestone 5-1.

Fireballing Adrian pitcher Logan Rogers, who helped lead the Dragons to the state Class A tournament this spring, went the distance to shut out Pipestone.

Shelton, whose Luverne squad won four straight games to take a 5-5 record into the sub-district tourney, believes his team is well-positioned for districts.

“We’re playing better than at the beginning of the season, which is the way you want to go,” he said, indicating pitching, defense and hitting has improved together.

“We’re making the other team make the plays,” he said.

Sub-District B

Jackson advanced to the championship game by virtue of a 7-1 win over Wabasso as Ryan Christopher pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12. Keegan Klontz pitched the seventh inning. Klontz also had two hits in the game for Post 130.

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Jackson led Springfield 3-1 in Sunday’s late afternoon title game before giving up three runs in the sixth inning. The lead might have been greater; Jackson loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth inning but failed to score a run.

Chris Gumto pitched well, however, for Post 130, going the distance on a four-hitter.

“He threw awesome. So did the other guy,” said Jackson head coach Blaise Jacobsen.

Top-seeded Springfield made the championship contest with a 7-4 Saturday triumph over Windom, which opened Friday night with a 4-3 nine-inning win over Redwood Falls. Later Saturday, Sherburn/Welcome eliminated Windom 6-2.

For Windom Post 206, the tournament was noteworthy for the unusual number of mistakes made.

“We really had some good, outstanding pitching performances,” said Windom coach Doug Kneeland. “But our defense let us down. We committed 10 errors in our second game Saturday (against Sherburn/Welcome).”

Errors hurt in the Springfield game, too. In that one, Post 206, which led 4-1 in the fourth inning, made seven errors in all.

All seven Springfield runs were unearned. All but one of Sherburn/Welcome’s six runs were unearned.

Windom’s defense held, however, in the nine-inning win over Redwood Falls. Austin Haken had three RBIs for Windom in that game, including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Lucas Gilbertson pitched eight innings against Redwood Falls and Cobe Lovell got the win. Against Springfield, Lovell allowed six hits in five and two-thirds innings. Hunter Voxland pitched a solid game against Sherburn/Welcome, walking no one and allowing four hits in four and one-third inning.

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