<B><CENTER>Redbirds go 1-1 in Jackson</B></CENTER>
By John Rittenhouse
The Luverne Redbirds went 1-1 during amateur baseball play in Jackson Sunday.
Luverne rolled to a 26-10 win over Heron Lake in Game 1 before losing a 14-13 decision to Jackson in the finale.
The 6-4 Redbirds play in Hills Sunday.
Luverne 26, HL 10
The Redbirds pounded out 18 hits and scored 26 runs while besting Heron Lake by 16 runs in five innings Sunday in Jackson.
Playing as the visiting team, Luverne scored 16 runs in the first three innings (three in the first, eight in the second and five in the third) before putting the game away with a 10-run fifth inning.
HL did its damage by scoring four runs in the first inning and adding six more in the fourth.
Terry Eernisse, who pitched one and one-third scoreless innings of relief to end the game, led Luverne at the plate by slapping three hits and driving in four runs. His big blow was a three-run homer in the third inning.
Jesse Reisch added five RBIs with two hits. He doubled home two runs in the second inning before scoring three runs with a triple in the fifth.
Mike Wenninger added two hits to the cause, including a two-run double in the second. Jeff Sehr chased home three runs with a double in the fifth.
Jon Jarchow started the game on the hill but left the mound after recording one out and surrendering four runs. Micky Sehr tossed three and one-third innings of six-run, six-hit ball to pick up the win.
Box score AB R H BI
Ohme 3 4 1 0
Wenninger 2 3 2 2
Arends 2 1 1 0
J.Sehr 3 5 1 3
Irish 3 1 2 3
Shelton 2 1 1 0
M.Sehr 4 2 2 1
Eernisse 5 3 3 4
Reisch 5 2 2 5
Jarchow 3 1 2 1
Weber 1 0 0 0
Boen 3 2 1 0
Jackson 14, Luverne 13
A great start led the home-standing Bulls to a one-run win over the Redbirds in Sunday's second game.
Jackson scored 14 runs in the first three innings and held off a late charge by the Redbirds to prevail.
Jackson scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second and eight in the third inning of a game it never trailed in.
Luverne did battle back, but it never did recover from Jackson's early surge.
A four-run second inning featuring Derek OhmeÕs two-run triple and Mike Boen's RBI single cut Jackson's lead to one run (5-4) at the time, but the Bulls scored once in the bottom of the second to make it a 6-4 difference.
EernisseÕs RBI ground out in the third brought the Redbirds within one run at 6-5, but the Bulls erupted for eight runs in the bottom half of the frame to open a 14-5 advantage.
Luverne scored three runs in the fourth to trail 14-8 before adding five runs in the sixth to make it a one-run difference at 14-13. The Redbirds, however, were blanked in the seventh to end the game.
Mike Wenninger, who took the pitching loss for Luverne, doubled home a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Jarchow tripled home a run, while Reisch, Ohme and Jeff Sehr added RBI singles in the sixth.
Box score AB R H BI
Ohme 4 3 4 3
Wenninger 3 1 2 3
J.Sehr 5 0 2 1
Irish 5 2 2 0
M.Sehr 5 0 0 0
Eernisse 5 1 2 1
Reisch 5 1 2 1
Jarchow 4 2 1 1
Boen 3 3 2 1
Arends 0 0 0 0