Windom pitching continues to impress in amateur baseball
The summer baseball season has been a celebration on the mound so far for the Windom Pirates.
WINDOM — The summer baseball season has been a celebration on the mound so far for the Windom Pirates.
Both for the present and the past.
Brothers Collin and Kobe Lovell turned in tremendous pitching performances last week as manager Nick Kulseth’s Pirates shut down Hadley, 5-1, and Mountain Lake, 3-0.
Kobe struck out 13 and did not allow a run in eight innings of work last Wednesday against hard-hitting Hadley. Luke Gilbertson had three hits and both Conner Rodman and Alex Fink had RBI triples.
Then on Sunday, big brother Collin struck out 17 Mountain Lake hitters in an impressive complete-game performance.
Noah Kloss went 2-for-4 with a double as the Pirates improved to 10-2 overall, 10-1 in league play.
“Our pitchers are doing all right,” said Kulseth.
And that’s an understatement.
“It was typical Collin against Mountain Lake, just a very good performance. We didn’t provide him with as much offense as we wanted to, but we’re getting very good consistency out of our starters.”
Amateur fans in southwest Minnesota are readily aware of that.
“The Lovell boys are great pitchers and have been doing it for several years,” said Jackson Bulls manager Scott Bahr. “In addition to being great pitchers, they are really good kids. They compete hard, then shake your hand afterwards while being genuine.”
For Mountain Lake, Jon Faber threw a complete game and struck out five. Levi Jahnke had two hits for the Lakers.
The Lovell brothers aren’t the only excellent Windom pitchers these days. The Pirates can also rely on Ross Ackerman and Gilbertson.
A few days ago, too, the Pirates and their fans paid homage to a great pitcher of the past when Brad Schlomann took the mound one last time.
Schlomann, a Butterfield native who played several decades with the Pirates, pitched a few innings in a non-league game at Leavenworth. Then he announced his retirement from amateur ball.
Schlomann had started his amateur career years ago with the Leavenworth Orioles before moving to Windom.
“It was really cool,” Kulseth said. “To see Brad pitching one last time and be out on the field with him one last time, it was cool.”
Schlomann recently stepped down as head coach of the Windom Area High Eagles, ending a successful 19-year run. He took over for Dean Jaacks as Eagle head coach in 2003.
Jaacks and predecessor Jack Kelly were Windom baseball coaches who have been named to the Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Schlomann was just the third head coach the Eagles have had since 1958.
“Brad Schlomann has been a baseball asset for southern Minnesota for a lot of years,” Bahr said. “Everyone loved competing against him. He will be missed and I hope he stays involved in baseball somehow.”
In other Gopher and First Nite League action last week it was:
Lakefield 12, Mountain Lake 4
LAKEFIELD — Trevon Bargfrede belted a grand slam for the victorious Frogs as Lakefield celebrated its summerfest last Friday night.
The Frogs improved to 6-4 this season.
Hadley 15, Worthington 5
HADLEY — Danny Blankenship went 4-for-5 with five RBIs as the Buttermakers improved to 9-3.
Joe Larson had two hits, an RBI and three runs scored for Hadley. Mike Dwire had two hits and Jaden Deacon contributed a run-scoring double.
Sam Erickson worked four-plus innings and picked up the victory in relief of Trent Carlson for Hadley, which scored eight times in the third inning.
For Worthington, Ryan Lee and Logan Huisman each had three hits. The Cubs, who out-hit the Buttermakers, had four costly errors. Ryan Swanson was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
The Cubs stranded 14 runners on base and left the bases loaded three consecutive innings.
Heron Lake drops pair at tourney
FARMING — The Lakers played well but dropped two games Sunday at the Farming Baseball Invite.
On Saturday, the Becker Bandits edged Heron Lake 4-3. Eli Fest worked five strong innings on the mound for the Lakers.
On Sunday, the Lakers fell 7-1 to the Metro Knights out of the Twin Cities.
David Volk and Juan Sermo each hit solo homers — the first of their Heron Lake careers — for the Lakers in Farming.
Pipestone wins two; Jackson drops three
PIPESTONE — The Pipestone A’s improved to 8-3 in league play with victories last week over Jackson and Ruthton.
Pipestone defeated Ruthton 9-4 as Mike Friese pitched scoreless ball and fanned four over seven innings.
The A’s also defeated Jackson 12-3 on Sunday, scoring seven runs the first two innings.
Earlier Sunday, Ruthton edged Jackson 3-2. Evan Olesen homered for Jackson, but the Bulls weren’t able to muster much offense.
Last Wednesday in Truman, the Fox Lake Foxes defeated Jackson 4-2.
Luverne sweeps Adrian
LUVERNE — The Redbirds received excellent pitching on Sunday en route to 5-0 and 11-2 victories over the Adrian A’s.
Earlier in the week, the Redbirds defeated the Brandon Valley (S.D.) River Rats 6-5 as Skyler Wenninger had a game-winning RBI single.
Luverne, 11-3 this season, got pitching victories from Derek Lundgren and Codie Zeutenhorst against Adrian.
Zeutenhorst and Newt Johnson homered.
Milroy Irish 4, Fox Lake 1
MILROY — Zac Cain had two homers for the Irish, capping a successful week.
Milroy topped Faribault 4-3 and hammered Cottonwood 16-0 in non-league games last week.