18U softball: Storm sweep Martin County West
WELCOME — The Worthington Storm 18U softball team ended its regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Martin County West Tuesday.
The Storm bats showed some serious firepower all night, cracking a total of four home runs between the two games. They put up seven runs in the top of the fifth to win a wild game one, 13-6, before Paige Kinley and Bailey Grussing combined to throw a one-hitter in the nightcap, a 9-1 win for Worthington.
A seven-run fifth put the opener out of reach for MCW. Worthington already held a 5-2 lead going into that inning before the bats truly ignited. The home team came back with four runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, but that wasn’t nearly enough to stave off defeat.
Rebecca Kazemba threw all five innings for Worthington, allowing eight hits while striking out two and walking two. Kinley was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and Bailey Tish, a Martin County West graduate who now plays at Minnesota West, was 1-for-3 with a three-run jack. Sam Obermoller and Ida Rogers-Ferguson added a 2-for-3 showing each in the 15-hit outburst.
MCW took a temporary 1-0 lead in the second game, but Worthington retaliated with five in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good.
Over four innings of work, Kinley allowed just one hit, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out one. Grussing came on in relief and struck out all three batters she faced.
Becca Linder had a big game at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a three-run homer in the nightcap. Kazemba was 2-for-3 with a bomb of her own with Obermoller adding to her evening at 2-for-2.
The Storm finish the regular season at 16-4-1. They will play in the state tournament in St. Cloud this weekend with a chance to qualify for nationals.
R H E
Wor 211 17 — 13 15 1
MCW 010 14 — 6 8 2
R H E
MCW 100 00 — 1 1 1
Wor 513 0x — 9 11 1