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Jackson falls in consolation final in state Legion baseball tourney at Luverne

Luverne played host to the Minnesota Division II American Legion Baseball Tournament this past weekend, with Wadena topping Morris 14-0 Sunday afternoon in the championship game.

Two southwest Minnesota teams – Jackson and Luverne – competed in the tourney. In opening-round play on Friday, Jackson got four runs in the second to grab a 4-0 lead against Sibley East but wound up losing 5-4 in eight innings. Luverne, meanwhile, went toe to toe against Wadena for 15 innings Friday night before being edged 1-0. Conner Connell threw 7 2/3 innings of shutout relief for Luverne in the contest, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out 16.

On Saturday, Luverne took on Dilworth-Glyndon-Fenton in a consolation-round matchup. Luverne took a 1-0 edge early, but D-G-F eventually scored six runs in the seventh to win 7-1 and eliminate the tournament hosts. Jackson, meanwhile, got two hits apiece from Bryson Powers, Ben Spaeth and Brenan Runge and beat Chatfield 8-6 thanks in part to three big insurance runs in the top of the seventh. D-G-F then beat Jackson 7-6 in the consolation championship game.

In winning its state title, Wadena captured all three of its victories via shutout.

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