VFW baseball: Luverne VFW strikes fast, wins District 3 tournament

MARSHALL -- Luverne made quick work of Redwood County, winning 12-2 via 10-run rule in the fifth inning to seal the District 3 VFW baseball championship on Sunday in Marshall.

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Tracy's Caleb Nordsiden is denied third base as Luverne's Declan Beers (4) tags him out in Luverne's 9-2 victory over Tracy on Saturday in Marshall. TIM MIDDAGH / DAILY GLOBE

MARSHALL -- Luverne made quick work of Redwood County, winning 12-2 via 10-run rule in the fifth inning to seal the District 3 VFW baseball championship on Sunday in Marshall.

Luverne scored three runs in each of the four innings it batted. The 12 runs were the result of a great team effort, as five players had multiple hits. Jake Haugen had a double and a triple while Tyler Reisdorfer smacked two doubles.

Winning pitcher Haugen pitched all five innings, allowing two runs on four hits.

“The last game was a culmination of the season,” Luverne coach Mike Wenninger said. “We have a group of kids who rarely miss games and rarely miss practices. I think they enjoy coming to them. They don’t make excuses. That’s a recipe for success when you get a group of guys who get along and enjoy playing together.”

The win qualifies Luverne for the state tournament in Fergus Falls on August 11-13. It will play the winner from District 1.


As a tune-up for state, Luverne will play a game against an All-Star team compiled from the best players in District 3 on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Luverne 12, Pipestone 0 Luverne earned a berth in the District 3 championship game with its 12-0 win over Pipestone in the semifinal matchup on Saturday.

Luverne pitcher Tyler Reisdorfer had nine strikeouts in a five-inning shutout, allowing only one hit on the mound, while going 3-for-3 at the plate.

The Pipestone pitchers struggled to throw strikes, walking eight and hitting two batters.

The game started at 9:30 p.m. due to a two-hour rain delay and Pipestone’s 12 inning game against Redwood County earlier in the day.

R H EP 000 0 -- 0 1 1L 701 4 -- 12 8 0Redwood County 5, Pipestone 4 Pipestone’s season ended with a 5-4 loss to Redwood County in a semifinal matchup on Sunday, while Redwood County advanced to face Luverne in the district championship.

Pipestone ran out to an early four-run lead but could not hold onto it as Redwood County scored five combined runs in the fifth and sixth innings to pull ahead of Pipestone and pick up the one-run victory.


Riley Longstreet went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Pipestone.

R H EP 202 000 0 -- 4 5 4RC 000 032 x -- 5 4 1Pipestone 7, Redwood County 5 Pipestone came out ahead 7-5 in a marathon 12-inning game against Redwood County in an opening round matchup on Saturday.

The winning pitcher was Carter Colmer who pitched the final three innings, allowing one earned run and striking out three.

Josh Tinkleberg went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs for Pipestone while Riley Longstreet went 3-for-5.

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RC 101 021 000 001 -- 5 9 4Luverne 9, Tracy 2 Luverne racked up 12 hits in its 9-2 opening round victory over Tracy on Saturday.

Deckland Beers struck out eight batters, allowing no runs on one hit for Luverne. Beers also went 2-for-4, including a three-run home run in the second inning.

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