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Luverne Redbirds earn two shutouts and first loss

Local team now 6-1 on the season; next game July 1
Lead Summary
Jason Berghorst

The Luverne Redbirds went 2-1 this past week and now stand at 6-1 for the season.
Luverne defeated the Ruthton Royals 10-0 Wednesday, June 24, at home before suffering the first loss of the season to the Jackson Bulls Friday at Redbird Field.
The Redbirds returned to the win column with a 12-0 victory in Tracy Sunday.
Luverne travels to the Milroy Irish July 1 and to Adrian Sunday before hosting the Renner 38 team at Redbird Field July 8.
Luverne 10, Ruthton 0
Luverne hosted the Ruthon Royals for a mid-week game at Redbird Field June  24.
The hosts were not all that friendly, however, as two Redbird pitchers combined to strike out ten Ruthton batters while giving up only two hits and no runs in the 10-0 Luverne victory.
Tyler Reisdorfer pitched the first five innings for Luverne and earned the win. Reisdorfer struck out nine Royals. Declan Beers pitched two innings of relief, striking out one and giving up no hits.
At the plate, Luverne had a balanced effort. Codie Zeutenhorst and Logan Norman had two hits and two RBIs each.
Skyler Wenninger scored two Redbird runs and seven other players scored one run each.
Box Score
Ruthton               0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0
Luverne              0 0 3 1 2 2 2   10
                                  AB  H  R  BI
Reisdorfer                 2     1   1   1
Crabtree                    1     1   1   0
Beers                        3     0   1   0
Wenninger                3     1   2   1
Zeutenhorst              3     2   1   2
Serie                         3     0   0   0
Buss                          1     0   0   0
Norman                     5     2   1   2
Haugen                      3     1   1   1
Lundgren                   2     1   1   0
Nath                           3     1   1   1
Jackson 12, Luverne 2
The Luverne Redbirds suffered their first loss of the season Friday at home.
After starting the season 5-0, the Redbirds came up short to the Jackson Bulls 12-2.
Jackson scored seven runs in the first two innings and Luverne was unable to make up for the slow start.
The first Redbirds hit didn’t come until the fifth inning when Jake Haugen reached base on a single.
“We really didn’t do anything very well,” said Redbirds player-manager Brooks Mauer.
“We didn’t hit very well and had three or four errors,” he added. “It was a combination of a lot of things not going right.”
The Redbirds scored their only two runs in the sixth inning.
Jaxon Nelson, Ethan Beyer, Quinn Buss and Haugen each had a hit for Luverne.
Haugen pitched the first 1 1/3 innings for Luverne. Ben Serie was on the mound for the next 4 2/3 innings before Skyler Wenninger pitched the final inning.
Limited information and no box scores were available for this game.
Luverne 12, Tracy 0
Cade Wenninger made the most of his first amateur baseball start Sunday in Tracy.
The Luverne High School incoming senior scored three runs off two hits and batted in two more runs during the Redbirds’ 12-0 victory over the Tracy Engineers.
Skyler Wenninger and Derek Lundgren each had three hits in the game with Skyler Wenninger adding three RBIs.
Ben Serie scored twice and added an RBI for Luverne.
Lundgren started the game on the mound for the Redbirds. He struck out five while giving up only one hit and one walk.
Quinn Buss pitched two solid innings of relief. Buss struck out one and gave up no hits.
“We had a real solid game,” said Luverne manager Brooks Mauer.
“We got ahead at the start and controlled the rest of the game,” he added. “Lundgren and Buss only gave up one hit the whole game.”  
Box Score
Tracy                 0 0 0 0 0 0 0     0
Luverne              1 4 2 1 0 4 0   12
                                  AB  H  R  BI
Lundgren                   4     3   3   1
Beers                        4     1   1   0
Paquette                    2     1   0   1
S. Wenninger            4     3   0   3
Zeutenhorst              5     1   0   0
Serie                         3     1   2   1
Haugen                      5     1   1   1
C. Wenninger            3     2   3   2
Nath                           2     1   1   0
Beyer                        0     0   0   1

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