Windom 010 100 000 000 5 = 7-7-3
Luverne 001 100 000 000 0 = 2-7-4
Pitchers for both teams were sharp throughout, but a rally in the top of the 13th inning gave the Windom Eagle baseball team a 7-2 season-opening victory at Luverne Tuesday night.
The game ran nearly four hours long, with at least one 30-minute delay for lightning.
The Eagles got on the board first, scoring in the top of the second. Josh Garrison walked, stole second, advanced on a groundout and beat a throw home on a Wyatt Haugen fielder’s choice grounder.
Luverne answered with a single run in the third, then Windom regained the lead in the fourth when Brayden Kreofsky walked, stole second, moved up on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Luverne tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth before the game went into a delay for lightning.
After the delay, pitchers for both teams were solid, hanging zeroes on the scoreboard until the top of the 13th inning.
In the 13th, Zach Espenson hit an RBI single. Henry Erickson and Drew Rothenberger followed with back-to-back two-run doubles.
Erickson had two of the Eagles’ seven hits in the victory.
Noah Armstrong worked three strong innings of relief to pick up the pitching victory. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out four.
MLAC 000 00 = 0-3-8
RRC/WWG 138 0x = 12-5-0
Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove opened its season Tuesday by taking advantage of extra opportunities in a 12-0 five-inning victory over Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey in Lamberton.
The Falcons had just five hits and drew four walks, but took advantage of eight Wolverine errors to score nine unearned runs.
The Falcons scored in the bottom of the first on a passed ball. Then, in the second, an error, a wild pitch and a Keaton Skarupa RBI single gave the Falcons a 4-0 lead.
RRC/WWG put the game away in the third, as Cole VanDeWiele hit a two-run single, Dan Kleven added an RBI single and Jake Jackson ripped an RBI double, giving the Falcons a 12-0 lead.
Ashton Juhnke was sharp on the mound for the Falcons, scattering three hits in four innings of work. He walked two and struck out three.
Kolby Kremmin took the loss for the Wolverines, allowing three earned runs on four hits in 2-2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Next games: Check for updates after each game.
Windom: at Redwood Valley (Redwood Falls), April 14
MLAC: vs. Adrian-Ellsworth (at Mt. Lake), April 14
RRC/WWG: at ESWC (Edgerton), April 14