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Windom bounces Legion from playoffs

What started as a pitcher’s duel with a trip to the sub-state tournament hanging in the balance turned into an offensive surge for the Windom Legion Post 206 baseball team Sunday. Windom broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning and plated 10 runs in a two-inning span to defeat Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey Post 389 10-1 during the sub-sub-state tournament at Leavenworth. The win gave Windom the third seed out of the sub-district and a trip to the sub-state tournament, which starts Monday in St. James. The loss eliminated MLAC, ending its season. Neither team mounted much offense through the first three innings. Windom had one single and back-to-back fielder’s choice groundouts in the second, while MLAC was held without a baserunner for the first three innings. But in the top of the fourth, Windom’s bats erupted. Luke Gilbertson started the offensive barrage with a one-out solo home run into the corn field beyond the left field fence. Mikal Anderson followed with an RBI single. Andrew Quiring and Eric Pfeffer drew back-to-back bases-loaded walks and Conner Redman hit a two-run single, giving Windom a 6-0 lead. MLAC tried to battle back in the bottom of the inning. Dylan Hillesheim hit an RBI single and advanced to third after Adam Karschnik drew a walk. But a strikeout ended the threat. Windom did more damage in the top of the fifth. Alex Borsgard hit an RBI single and Kyle Espenson cleared the bases with a two-out double, giving Windom a 10-1 lead. MLAC would have just two more batters reach base the rest of the way, sealing the win for Windom. Kade Sammons led Windom with three hits in the game. Anderson added a pair of hits. Zach Spinks, Hillesheim and Mace Herrig had the lone MLAC hits. Kobe Lovell earned the complete-game pitching win for Windom, allowing one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out 13. Brett Willaby took the loss for MLAC, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits. He walked three and struck out four. Score by innings R H E Windom Post 206.................000 640 0 — 10 11 1 MLAC Post 389....................000 100 0 — 1 3 1 Windom hitters: Pfeffer 0-3, 1 R; Espenson 2-4, 3 RBI; Redman 1-4, 2 RBI; Gilbertson 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR; Sammons 3-4, 2 R; Lovell 1-3, 1 R; Borsgard 2-3, 2 R; Anderson 2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI; Sanow 0-1; Quiring 0-2, 1 R; Pohlman 0-1. MLAC hitters: Willaby 0-3, 1 R; Spinks 1-2; Hillesheim 1-2, 1 RBI; Stoesz 0-3; AKarschnik 0-2; Herrig 1-3; Hanson 0-2; Kremmin 0-1; Simon 0-2; Jepsen 0-1. Windom pitchers: Lovell (W) 7 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 13 K. MLAC pitchers: Willaby (L) 7 IP, 10 R, 9 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 4 K.

MLAC tops HLO

MLAC Post 389 used a five-run second inning to take the lead for good Saturday evening, defeating Heron Lake-Okabena 8-3. Post 389 strung together four hits and a pair of walks in the inning. MLAC struck first, scoring in the bottom of the first on an Abe Stoesz RBI single. In the second, Brett Willaby lined a two-run double, Dylan Hillesheim added a two-run single and later scored on a wild pitch, giving MLAC a 6-1 lead. HLO cut the deficit to 6-3 in the fourth, but MLAC put the game away in the sixth. Hillesheim drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Eli Karschnik was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Willaby led MLAC with three hits in the game. Stoesz and Mace Herrig had two hits each. Stoesz earned the complete-game pitching win, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out seven. Score by innings R H E HLO........................................010 200 0 — 3 5 1 MLAC Post 389......................150 002 X — 8 9 1 MLAC hitters: Willaby 3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B; Spinks 0-2, 1 R; Hillesheim 1-2, 1 R, 3 RBI; Stoesz 2-3, 1 RBI; AKarschnik 1-3; EKarschnik 0-4, 1 RBI; Hanson 0-3; Simon 0-1; Herrig 2-3, 1 R; Harder 0-1, 1 R; Jepsen 0-1. MLAC pitchers: Stoesz (W) 7 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K.

Late rally drops MLAC

Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey was two innings from earning a spot in the tournament finals and punching its ticket to the sub-state tournament. But in Saturday’s semifinals, Springfield mounted a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, stealing a 2-1 victory. Post 389 scored its only run of the game in the top of the first inning. Zach Spinks singled and later scored on an Adam Karschnik sacrifice fly. MLAC had only four baserunners the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, MLAC pitcher Dylan Hillesheim cruised through five innings, allowing only two hits. His defense helped out, as a perfect outfield relay retired the potential tying run at the plate in the second inning. But in the sixth, Springfield came to life with two outs on three straight hits. A solo home run tied the game, followed by a double and a run-scoring single, giving Springfield the lead. In the top of the seventh, Drake Harder was hit by a pitch with one out, but MLAC was unable to advance him beyond first base. Hillesheim took the complete-game loss, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven. Score by innings R H E MLAC Post 389.......................100 000 0 — 1 4 0 Springfield...............................000 002 X — 2 5 1 MLAC hitters: Willaby 0-3; Spinks 1-4, 1 R; Hillesheim 1-1; Stoesz 0-3; AKarschnik 0-2, 1 RBI; EKarschnik 0-3; Hanson 1-3; Herrig 1-3; Harder 0-2. MLAC pitchers: Hillesheim (L) 6 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K.

MLAC trips W-S

Post 389 opened the playoffs Friday afternoon with a 5-3 victory over Welcome-Sherburn. MLAC did all of its damage in the second and third innings, then held off a late-inning rally for the victory. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, MLAC used a three-run rally to take the lead. Adam Karschnik hit an RBI double and Regan Syverson and Drake Harder hit back-to-back RBI singles. In the third, Dylan Hillesheim hit an RBI triple and scored when Karschnik reached on an error. Harder led MLAC with three hits in the win. Hillesheim added a pair of hits. Jon Faber picked up the pitching victory, working the first four innings. He allowed one run on three hits, walked four and struck out eight. Score by innings R H E Welcome-Sherburn..................010 002 0 — 3 4 2 MLAC Post 389.......................032 000 X — 5 8 1 MLAC hitters: Willaby 0-4; Spinks 0-2, 1 R; Hillesheim 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 3B; Stoesz 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B; AKarschnik 1-3, 1 RBI, 1 2B; EKarschnik 0-3, 1 R; Hanson 0-3; Syverson 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI; Harder 3-3, 1 RBI, 1 3B. MLAC pitchers: Faber (W) 4 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 8 K; Spinks (S) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K.

Slammers finish 0-2 in league tournament

The South Central Slammers ran into a pair of powerful teams over the weekend, going 0-2 in the Southern Star League 18U Tournament, played in Mankato. The Slammers opened the tournament Friday, dropping a 9-2 decision to LeSueur-Henderson. The Slammers fell behind 6-0 after two innings and never recovered. The lone Slammers runs came in the fourth inning on RBI singles from Molly Carnell and Courtney Williams. Olivia Tanke and Carnell each had two hits in the loss. Jordan Stahl took the pitching loss, working the first 1-1/3 innings, allowing four runs on one hit, walking one and striking out two. That sent the Slammers to the elimination bracket, where they dropped a heartbreaking 9-7, nine-inning decision to Worthington. The Slammers trailed 3-0 after one inning but cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second when Olivia Tanke drove in two runs when she reached on a fielder’s choice. Worthington led 5-2 going into the seventh, but the Slammers rallied to take the lead. Rylie Tollefson ripped a two-run single, Stahl hit an RBI single, Tollefson scored on the back end of a double steal and Williams plated a run on a groundout, giving the Slammers a 7-5 lead. But the lead didn’t last. Worthington tied the game on a two-run, two-out single in the seventh inning. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Worthington hit a two-run, walk-off home run. Tollefson and Stahl had two hits each for the Slammers. Olivia Tanke took the pitching loss, working five innings of relief. She allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out six. The Slammers were scheduled to host Essig last night (Tuesday). The Slammers close their summer season Thursday at LeSueur.

Slammers earn sweep

The Slammers picked up a doubleheader sweep last Tuesday, winning a pair of games against the Sleepy Eye 14s. In the opener, both teams had a wild offensive start before the Slammers put the game away late, winning 12-10. The Slammers plated three runs in the top of the first. Rylie Tollefson hit an RBI single and Molly Carnell added a two-run single. The Slammers piled on six runs in the top of the second. Olivia Tanke and Sam Burt hit RBI singles, Tollefson had a two-run single, Jordan Boldt drew a bases-loaded walk and a run scored on a passed ball. Sleepy Eye answered with eight runs in the bottom of the second, then scored twice in the third to take a 10-9 lead. But the Slammers added three runs in the top of the fourth to seal the win. Carnell drew a bases-loaded walk and two runs scored on errors. Tanke led the Slammers with three hits. Kristina Cauwels, Tollefson and Carnell had two hits each. Jordan Stahl earned the pitching win, working the final 2-1/3 innings in relief. In the nightcap, the Slammers rallied again, scoring six runs in the fifth inning to claim a 10-4 win. The Slammers took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on a two-run Tollefson single. Then, down 4-2, the Slammers tied the game in the fourth, scoring on a passed ball and an error. The Slammers then took the lead with a six-run fifth. Stahl drove in three runs with a single, Tollefson hit a two-run triple and Carnell had an RBI single. Tollefson had three hits and four RBI in the win. Carnell earned the pitching win, allowing eight hits and striking out nine.

Windom pool party is on, minus the pool

The flooding at Island Park has left plenty of uncertainty about the status of the Windom Pool as the water recedes. Much of Island Park was underwater at the flood’s crest, including the parking lot and much of the land around the pool. At this point, pool staff don’t know when, or if, the pool can reopen. “It’s all kind of up in the air right now,” Head Lifeguard Emily Axford said. “The electricity has been out at Island Park, which means the electricity to the pool has also been out. We’ll need to do recirculation and add a bunch of chemicals to see if there has been any algae build-up.” “We’re also not sure of the condition of the grounds around the pool,” Pool Manager Sam Baloun said. “That could potentially create problems as we try to reopen. We need to determine if there was any physical damage to the pool. It’s a big concern.” Despite the flooding, the pool’s annual game and movie night, scheduled for Friday, will go on — just not at the pool or at Island Park. The event will now be held at American Lutheran Church. “We were approached by the ALC to host the event on their front lawn,” Axford said. “We’re very appreciative of the church offering “Originally, we were planning to have the event on July 27, but we were informed that was also the date for Relay For Life. We didn’t want to have two events going on the same day.” Lawn games, a treasure hunt and outdoor activities will begin at 8 p.m. Then, at sundown, a showing of the movie “Finding Dory” will be held outside, projected onto a large, inflatable screen. “Steve Borer will have his kettle corn available,” Baloun said. “We’re also going to have several games and prizes.” The event is free of charge and open to the public. It is made possible through the state’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which dedicates funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. It is also held in conjunction with the Windom Library. As for the pool itself, Baloun acknowledged that the wait to reopen has been difficult for the community and for the staff. While the Windom Pool has been closed, the Lakefield Pool has honored Windom season passes. “We’re very appreciative of the City of Lakefield and their pool staff for opening their doors to people who have season passes here,” Baloun said. However, the flood has been difficult for the pool’s staff. Lakefield notified Windom that it would not need additional staff as it honored Windom’s season passes. “We have a lot of people who come back to town in the summer just to work at the pool,” Baloun said. “The guards count on being able to get hours at the pool for their summer income, so it’s been tough on them. We’ve had some of our staff working in other capacities with the city, particularly at the Arena, while the pool has been closed. The staff has been patient and other city agencies have been working with us. We’re trying to find any possible area where we can get our staff some hours. “We’re hoping to be able to get back into our pool soon.”

Free racquetball expo planned for Aug. 11

The Windom Junior Racquetball Program, along with the Minnesota Racquetball Association, will be hosting a day of free racquetball clinics and lessons. Those clinics and lessons will take place Aug. 11 at the Windom Arena racquetball courts. The event will feature Jake Bredenbeck, a Minnesota native who is a top player on the World Raquetball Tour. Bredenbeck is a member of Team USA, a multiple Pan-Am medal winner and a U.S. Open doubles champion. The event also features Matt Miller from HEAD Sports, which is providing door prizes. The day begins with a public demonstration at 10 a.m., followed by a clinic for grades 1-4 at 10:30 a.m., a clinic for grades 5-8 at 11:30 a.m. and a clinic for grades 9-12, and adults at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon session will include a mini doubles event, with participants paired with an adult clinician. The events start at 1:30 p.m., for grades 1-4, 2:30 p.m. for grades 5-8 and 3:30 p.m. for grades 9-12 and adults. Equipment will be provided for anyone who does not have their own. Participants should wear clothing and shoes that allow for movement. Registrants should include their name, name of parent or guardian, phone number and e-mail address. Youth participants should also include their upcoming school grade to ensure placement in the correct age group. To register for the free clinic, contact Windom Community Education at 507-831-6915.