Worthington 000 000 001 = 1-4-1 Windom 301 022 00x = 8-4-0 The Windom Pirates opened the 2020 amateur baseball season Wednesday night with an 8-1 victory over the Worthington Cubs in an exhibition game at Island Park.
The game marked the first baseball game at Island Park since 2018 due to flooding and ongoing work to recover from the flooding.
The Pirates got off to a quick start, stringing together two hits and four walks in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Fink plated a run with a bases-loaded walk and Noah Kloss lofted a two-run double down the right-field line.
The Pirates capitalized on wildness by Worthington pitchers throughout the game, scoring a run on a wild pitch in the third inning.
The Pirates added runs on back-to-back bases-loaded walks to Jack Mellstrom and Sam Huska in the fifth inning, then scored two runs on wild pitches in the sixth inning.
The Pirates drew 15 walks as a team while recording just four hits in the game.
Meanwhile, Pirate pitchers were fairly sharp throughout. Starter Kobe Lovell picked up the victory, working five shutout innings and allowing three hits. He walked three and struck out five. Collin Lovell fanned five in three hitless innings of work and Kloss worked the final inning, allowing a run on one hit. He walked one and struck out one.
The Pirates are scheduled to host Springfield in a non-league exhibition Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Mt. Lake 000 100 0 = 1-3-0 Jackson 604 053 x = 18-17-0 The Mt. Lake Lakers fell behind early and couldn't recover Wednesday, dropping an 18-1 decision to the Jackson Bulls in a First Nite League exhibition played at St. James.
The Bulls jumped on Laker pitching to the tune of 17 hits, scoring multiple runs in four of their six at-bats. Laker pitchers also issued nine walks in the game.
The lone Laker run scored in the top of the fourth inning. Blake Spinks drew a leadoff walk, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch.
Andrew Hirsch had two of the three Laker hits in the game. Derek Harder recorded the other Laker hit.
Zach Spinks took the pitching loss, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits in three innings. He walked two and struck out two.
The Lakers return to action Sunday, when they face Lakefield in St. James. Game time is 2 p.m.