MSHSL amends rules for season

BROOKLYN CENTER — The weather’s unseasonably low temperatures and snowfall has caused the Minnesota State High School League to allow for changes to the 2018 spring baseball and softball season. After a special meeting held by the MSHSL board of directors executive committe on Wednesday morning, it was decided that two member schools can play two five-inning games in a doubleheader format or continue with the regular format.

Single games are still the usual seven innings or until the “regulation game” is completed, and the regulation and suspended game rules still apply.

Only one registered official is required for softball although two is recommended, while two registered officials are required for baseball. Using a non-registered official requires a waiver, which must be obtained from MSHSL.

Fairmont baseball is scheduled to play at Waseca, and the Cardinals softball team hosts St. James on Monday. With 1-5 inches of snow expected to hit Fairmont and Waseca on Saturday, both are likely to be either rescheduled or canceled.

Kepler’s HR lifts Twins over Astros

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler hit his second home run of the game, connecting for a solo drive with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Minnesota Twins bounced back from a late collapse to beat the Houston Astros 9-8 on Wednesday. After the Twins blew an 8-1 lead, Kepler homered with two strikes off Brad Peacock (1-1). Kepler hit a two-run homer to cap an eight-run fourth, an inning that included Eddie Rosario’s bases-loaded triple.

A throwing error by second baseman Brian Dozier helped Houston tie it in the ninth. Down 8-6, the Astros loaded the bases with one out against Fernando Rodney. George Springer grounded into an RBI forceout, and the tying run scored when Dozier threw wide to first trying for a double play.

Lance McCullers Jr. (1-2) allowed a career-high eight runs in 3 2/3 innings for the Astros. He gave up seven hits, tied a career high with six walks and struck out six. After giving up one earned run in his first 10 1/3 innings this season, Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson surrendered five runs as he walked four batters and gave up seven hits.