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Anderson County 3, Louisburg 0

Coming off a pair of losses to De Soto earlier in the week, the Louisburg baseball team needed a little pick-me-up.

And Jakob Krause was able to give it to them.

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Krause pitched a complete game shutout Thursday in the doubleheader opener against Anderson County at Lewis-Young Park and helped the Wildcats to an 8-0 victory to get back on the winning track.

The Wildcats were unable to get the sweep as they lost, 3-0, in the nightcap. Still, the Wildcats had plenty of positives to build on, especially in the opener.

Krause, a junior, pitched seven innings and allowed no runs on six hits and struck out three batters as he gave the Wildcat pitching staff some much-needed rest.

Louisburg’s offense did its job in backing him up as it scored eight runs on eight hits and took advantage of five Anderson County errors. Krause helped his own cause as he finished with a pair of hits and 2 RBIs.

Sophomore Madden Rutherford also drove in a pair of runs and had two hits to help the Wildcats. Catcher Chase Norton finished with two singles and senior Garrett Caldwell recorded 2 RBIs on a single in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Sophomore Garrett Harding added an RBI and Michael Rogers finished with a double. Gabe Rader and Logan McClellan each scored a pair of runs.

Beckett Rasmussen makes contact with a pitch Thursday against Anderson County.

The Wildcats (7-9) took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning where it scored three more times and added two more runs in the sixth to seal the win.

Louisburg had a difficult time getting anything going in the nightcap as Anderson County shutdown the Wildcats’ offense. Anderson County scored single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings to pull away. The Bulldogs also took advantage of four Wildcat errors.

Jakob Krause, Andrew Krause, Noah Larson, Rutherford and Beckett Rasmussen each singled for the Wildcats in the loss.

Larson got the start for Louisburg and kept the Wildcats in the game as he pitched six innings and gave up just one earned run on four hits and struck out two.

Louisburg returns to action today when it travels to Ottawa for a doubleheader as it is the Wildcats’ lone contests of the week. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.