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MINNESOTA LAKE — The Class AA No. 2 Fairmont Cardinals broke out for 17 hits, including seven for extra bases, to knock down the Maple River Eagles 24-1 during non-league baseball action.

Gavin Rodning proved perfect at the plate, going 4-on-4 with a home run and a double en route to five leading RBIs and scoring four runs to set off Fairmont’s explosive offense.

Cooper Steuber produced four RBIs with a double and a triple in four official at-bats for the Cardinals. Steuber also crossed the plate twice.

Leadoff hitter Eli Anderson demonstrated the undefeated Cardinals’ strength by hammering a player-opening HR to set off a six-run breakout in the first inning.

Zach Jorgensen, going 2-on-4 with a double and three RBIs, was hit by a pitch after Anderson’s solo shot before stealing second base. Jorgensen later scored a quick 2-0 lead on two wild fields in a row.

Jack Kosbab, who went 2-on-3, went ahead of Nate Soelter, who was single, with both runners scoring on Steuber’s two-run triple. Steuber then crossed the plate as Rodning turned a two-run HR to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 6-0.

Landen Meyerdirk doubled and Anderson separated, but both runners were stranded at the top of the first.

Rodning then singled to trigger Fairmont’s seven-run breakout during the top of the third to extend the lead to 13-0. Meyerdirk played before Rodning scored on Lincoln Becker’s RBI single. Meyerdirk and Becker then circled the bases as Jorgensen launched a two-run double.

Kosbab contributed a single before Sölter lofted a sacrificial fly to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 10-0. Levi Pooley reached from a miss, Steuber drilled a two-run double and Rodning hammered a run-scoring double.

Fairmont unleashed nine more runs at the top of the fourth, with Anderson scoring an error before Maple River gave back-to-back walks to Becker and Jorgensen. Anderson scored on a wild field before Kosbab reloaded the bases by going down.

Soelter hit an RBI walk, Pooley received an RBI when he was hit by a pitch, and Rodning slammed a single to bring home two more Cardinal teammates.

Fairmont wasn’t done, however, when Meyerdirk went down and Becker fell out in a two-run single. Jorgense and Kosbab followed with RBI singles to extend the lead to 22-0.

Becker went 2-on-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored, Meyerdirk went 2-on-3 with a double and two runs scored, Kosbab finished 2-on-3 with one RBI and three runs scored while Anderson had two hits . including the solo HR and crossed the record twice.

Meyerdirk started and threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, striking out two and walking two to earn the win for the Cardinals.

Becker and Ben Moeller each worked an inning of shutout relief for Fairmont (15-0), who host the Blue Earth Area Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont.

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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 7, Martin County West 3 — Carson Domeier went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Knights to a 7-3 non-league triumph over the Mavericks in Sleepy Eye Tuesday to lead.

Joseph Herzog went 2-on-4 with a double and an RBI while teammate Kaleb Wait went 2-on-2 with an RBI for St. Mary’s.

Kain Sanders notched two hits and scored a run to accelerate MCW’s nine-hit performance while Wyatt Williamson delivered a two-run double.

Brice Enter went 2-for-4 for the Mavericks while Lucas Larson added a hit and crossed the plate once.

Martin County West (7-5) plays host to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at the Fox Lake Sports Complex in Welcome on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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Luverne 13, Fairmont 3 (6 innings) — Leadoff batter Billi Connell accumulated four hits, including a double, hit three RBIs and scored two runs to lead Luverne to a six-inning run-rule victory over Fairmont Tuesday in Luverne to help.

Nevaeh Rahm hit a two-run home run to top Fairmont’s four-hit attempt while teammates Emma Gudahl and Cassidy Schultz each hit a single and crossed the plate once. Jaya Johnson also contributed a hit.

Payton Behr went 2-on-3 with a double and an RBI to add three runs for Luverne while Carly Olson contributed a single, a double and two RBIs. Reghan Bork delivered two hits, including a double, and collected two RBIs in the win.

Gracie Nath allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits, recorded 11 strikeouts and gave up two walks in six innings to give Luverne the complete game win.

Rahm gave up 10 carries — earned only six — on 10 hits, hit out six and didn’t give up a walk in three innings of work to recoup the loss.

Fairmont (3-10) travels to the Blue Earth Area for a 5:30 p.m. Big South Conference game on Thursday.

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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s 12, Martin County West 6 — Adelinde Hoffmann produced three hits, including an HR, and three RBIs to help the Knights double down on the Mavericks during Tuesday’s non-conference action in Sleepy Eye.

Hoffmann hit a two-run roundtripper to highlight St. Mary’s eight-run tail in the second inning.

Madeline Hose generated three hits and three RBIs for the Knights.

Paige Anderson amassed two hits, including a double, and rode to the top of MCW in two runs while teammate Ivy Kokoruda doubled another run. Maddie Carlson supplied an RBI via a groundout.

St. Mary’s Lacey Mathiowetz allowed six runs with seven hits, batted six and walked five in seven innings to earn the all-game win.

Lina Arnold started and went 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on two hits while walking four to take the loss for the Mavericks. Carlson gave up six runs on seven hits, knocked out three and walked one in 4 2/3 innings of relief.

Martin County West (5-6) hosts Jackson County Central at the Fox Lake Sports Complex in Welcome Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

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