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AMATEUR BASEBALL: The A's problems continue

The Pipestone Athletics and Worthington Cubs faced off in a pitcher’s duel on Sunday evening at Westview Park.

And a single run made the difference: Worthington defeated Pipestone 1-0, giving the A's their ninth consecutive loss.

However, there was a lack of attempts.

Landon Quist was caught stealing home in the bottom of the fourth inning when Worthington first baseman Tyler Linder made a relay pass to catcher Blake Ahrentorff. Quist was hit by a pitch from Tate Gaul earlier in the inning.

Pipestone player Landon Quist looks toward the umpire during a play at home plate in this amateur baseball game between the Athletics and the Worthington Cubs on Sunday, June 30, at Westview Park. Quist was cited for “failure to touch home plate” in this 1-0 loss. (Photo by Eric Viccaro0

Jackson Melcher hit a single in the seventh inning, but was left standing on second base after Mitchel Carson retired with a swing strikeout.

Walker Kor reached base in the third inning on a Cubs error. Mitchell Biever stayed on third base in the first inning after a sharp line-drive single to left. Both Kor and Biever stole bases to score; but it was all for naught.

Collin Moeller strikes out during an amateur baseball game between the Pipestone Athletics and the Worthington Cubs on Sunday, June 30, at Westview Park. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

Logan Huisman scored the game's only run in the sixth inning on a single by Tommy Lais to A's center fielder Jaymes Zollner. Huisman reached base on an error and moved to second base on a groundout to Riley Bosma.

Logan Huisman of the Worthington Cubs scored the game's only run in the sixth inning. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

The Athletics fell to 4-12 this season, ending a brutal streak of four games in five days – after also losing to Marshall A's on Wednesday, June 26 (8-2), Fairmont Martins in Ruthton on Friday, June 28 (11-3) and to Windom Pirates 11-0 in the first game of the doubleheader on Sunday.

Carson, the A's wily left-hander, certainly threw well enough to win, but he had to take the loss. Mitchel allowed two hits, two walks and one unearned run with eight strikeouts.

Pipestone pitcher Mitchel Carson threw a complete game in this unfortunate 1-0 loss. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

It was Worthington's second win of the season.

What’s next?

Pipestone is on the road for its next two games, including this Sunday's game at the Hadley Buttermakers. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. and has been moved from 2 p.m. There will also be a spectacular fireworks display after the game ends.

The A's will play at the Milroy Irish on July 10.

Pipestone Athletics third baseman Riley Bosma prepares to catch the ball during a game Sunday, June 30, at Westview Park. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

INFORMATION

AMATEUR BASEBALL

Sunday, June 30

At Westview Park, Pipestone

Game One

Windom 11, Pipestone 0

Win. 0 0 0 2 0 6 3 11 11 0

As 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5

WP: Ross Ackerman, Win., CG, SO, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB, 82 throws

LP: Mitchell Biever, Pipe., 5 In., 6 R (five ER), 5 H, 4 K, 1 BB; Christopher Dougherty and Riley Bosma also pitched for the A's

XB: Alex Fink, Win., 2B; Luke Gilbertson, Win., 2B (2); Kobe Lovell, Win., 2B; no XB for Pipestone

A's stats: Jaymes Zollner, 2 of 3 hitting; Biever, one hit, one BB; Justin Nepp, BB

Game Two

Worthington 1, Pipestone 0

Wher. 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 1

As 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

WP: Jake Brandner, Wor., 3 In., 1 H, 0 R, 6 K, 1 BB

LP: Mitchel Carson, Pipe., 7 In., 102 throws, 2 H, 1 R (no ER), 8 K, 2 BB

XB: No extra-base hits for either team

A's stats: Mitchell Biever and Jackson Melcher, 1 of 3 hits; Mitchel Carson, BB; Landon Quist, HBP; Justin Nepp, HBP

Record: Athletics, 4-12

Next game: At Hadley Buttermakers, 2pm, Sunday 7 July