The Luverne American Legion baseball team won four straight games to take top honors in the LDW Legion Tournament played in Jackson Saturday and Sunday.
Luverne posted 16- and three-run victories over Okabena and Springfield respectively on Saturday to open the tournament. The Cardinals won the event with five- and 15-run wins over Blue Earth and St. James on Sunday.
The victories increased Luverne's record to 6-2 for the summer season.
Luverne plays at the Brookings, S.D., tourney Saturday and Sunday before hosting Slayton Tuesday.
Luverne 16, SJ 1
The Cardinals completed their four-game run in Jackson by rolling to a 15-run victory over St. James in SundayÕs championship game.
The game was a close one through three innings before Luverne scored a combined 13 runs in the fourth and fifth innings to win the game by the 10-run rule after five innings of play.
Luverne led 3-1 before the Cards followed a five-run fourth inning with an eight-run fifth frame to win the game handily.
Tony Sandbulte, who had three hits in the contest, came up with the key safety in the fourth inning when he slapped a two-run double to plate James Fisher and E.J. Bouwman. They reached base with a single and a walk respectively.
Luke Iveland doubled home Sandbulte before scoring on a passed ball. Jon Jarchow walked and scored on Ben Winkels' double to complete the five-run rally and give Luverne an 8-1 cushion.
The eight-run fifth frame featured a two-run single by Iveland, two RBI singles by Sandbulte and another RBI single by Winkels, who also had three hits in the game.
Brad Walgrave was hit by a pitch and Kyle Kreun walked with the bases loaded to force home runs. Bouwman contributed a sacrifice fly to the rally.
Luverne took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second before St. James scored its run in the bottom half of the inning.
A single by Winkels and walks to Walgrave and Sandbulte loaded the bases for Luverne in the second. Eric Edstrom delivered a three-run double that gave the Cards a lead they would never relinquish.
Isaac Schmidt pitched all five innings to notch the win for the Cards. He allowed one unearned run, four hits, four walks and fanned six batters.
Box score AB R H BI
Iveland 4 2 2 3
Fick 3 0 0 0
Sherwood 1 1 0 0
Jarchow 2 1 0 0
Burns 0 1 0 0
Winkels 3 2 3 2
Walgrave 2 2 0 1
Fisher 3 2 2 0
Kreun 0 0 0 1
Bouwman 1 2 0 1
Sandbulte 3 3 3 4
Luverne 6, BE 1
The Cardinals opened play Sunday by topping Blue Earth by five runs in the semifinals.
Jarchow fanned 10 batters in six innings to pick up the win, and the Cardinals scored five runs in the second inning to set the stage for victory.
Jarchow went the distance in what was a six-inning game. He yielded three walks, two hits and one unearned run in the top of the second inning.
BE took a 1-0 lead with its run in the second, but Luverne bounced back to score five times in the bottom of the second before plating the gameÕs final run in the third.
Fisher walked and scored LuverneÕs first run on a passed ball.
Bouwman reached base on an error and gave the Cards their first lead at 2-1 when Iveland singled. Jeremy Fick produced an RBI with a ground out, and the final two runs scored on an error on a ball put in play by Winkels.
Fisher singled and scored Luverne's insurance run in the third inning on a passed ball.
Box score AB R H BI
Iveland 3 1 2 1
Fick 3 0 0 1
Jarchow 3 1 1 0
Winkels 3 0 0 2
Walgrave 3 0 0 0
Fisher 2 2 2 0
Bouwman 3 1 1 0
Sandbulte 1 1 0 0
Crable 1 0 0 0
Edstrom 1 0 0 0
Kreun 1 0 0 0