Slumping Cardinals drop three games

A slumping Luverne baseball team couldn’t snap what stands as a four-game slide when the Cardinals lost three games in a span of seven days.

The Cards fell by seven runs in Pipestone April 21 before taking a 17-run thumping from the Arrows Thursday in Luverne. Fairmont topped the Cards by seven runs at Redbird Field Monday.

The 4-6 Cards host Jackson County Central for a twin bill Thursday.

 

Fairmont 11, LHS 4

Luverne lost its fourth consecutive game when it fell to Fairmont by seven runs Monday in Luverne.

The Cards led 1-0 when Andrew Verhey delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the first, but FHS scored 11 runs in the next five innings to open an 11-1 cushion.

Luverne capped the scoring with a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth featuring RBI singles from Joe Sommers and Jaxon Nelson and a sacrifice fly by Connor Hoffman.

Connor Crabtree yielded a pair of unearned runs in three innings and was saddled with the pitching loss.

Verhey surrendered six runs in two and one-third innings, Cole Bosch two runs in two-thirds of one inning and Connor Sandbulte tossed a scoreless seventh frame.

 

Box score                   AB  R  H  BI

Hoffman                       3     1   3   1

Vajgrt                          2     0   0   0

Nelson                         2     0   1   1

Verhey                        4     0   3   1

Crabtree                      3     0   1   0

Bosch                          4     1   1   0

Suelter                        4     1   1   0

Overgaard                  3     1   0   0

Sommers                    3     0   1   1

Olson                          2     0   1   0

Baum                           1     0   0   0

 

Pipestone 22, LHS 5

The Cardinals couldn’t turn things around when they played the Arrows in Luverne Thursday.

Pipestone put together a 12-run rally in the second inning and scored eight runs in the seventh to set the stage for a 17-run victory.

Luverne scored one run in the bottom of the second and two counters in the fourth and fifth frames, but the Cards couldn’t climb back into contention after falling behind 12-0 in the top of the second.

Nelson reached base on an error and scored on an error in the second, and Jakob Olson crushed a two-run home run to left field for the Cards in the fourth.

Verhey and Hoffman stroked singles and scored on a throwing error to account for Luverne’s runs in the fifth.

Tommy Vajgrt yielded 10 runs in one and one-third innings and took the pitching loss.

Zach Suelter (three runs in two-thirds of one inning), Nick Overgaard (four runs in four innings) and Hoffman (five runs in one inning) also pitched for LHS.

 

Box score                   AB  R  H  BI

Verhey                        4     1   1   0

Hoffman                       4     1   2   0

Bosch                          3     0   0   0

Crabtree                      4     0   2   0

Vajgrt                          2     0   0   0

Richters                      1     0   0   0

Behrends                    2     0   1   0

Nelson                         2     2   0   0

Sommers                    4     0   0   0

Overgaard                  0     0   0   0

Olson                          3     1   1   2

Suelter                        2     0   0   0

Martinez                      1     0   0   0

 

Pipestone 10, LHS 3

The Cardinals dropped their fourth straight conference clash when they challenged the Arrows in Pipestone April 21.

Pipestone scored seven runs in the home half of the first inning and never lost control of the game largely due to Luverne’s pitching woes.

The Cards walked 12 batters and hit two batters with pitches during the contest.

The score was 8-0 before LHS plated its first two runs of the game in the top of the fourth.

Bosch singled and scored on a passed ball and Verhey walked and scored on an error.

Pipestone score twice in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-2 game before LHS scored the final run in the seventh.

Sandbulte reached base on a fielder’s choice and scored at the end of a double steal.

Overgaard started on the mound and took the loss after surrendering seven runs in one-third of one inning.

Bosch yielded one run in the next two and two-thirds innings, and Verhey tossed three innings of two-run ball.

 

Box score                   AB  R  H  BI

Hoffman                       3     0   1   0

Vajgrt                          4     0   0   0

Bosch                          4     1   1   0

Verhey                        2     1   1   0

Crabtree                      3     0   1   0

Nelson                         3     0   0   0

Sommers                    3     0   0   0

Overgaard                  3     0   1   0

Sandbulte                    2     1   0   0

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