College baseball: West reveals its talent
WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota West baseball team reached double figures in losses this spring before getting its first victory.
Now, however, the Bluejays have something to celebrate. In a Saturday doubleheader against Southern Division foe Riverland, the Jays beat the 11th-ranked team in the nation, 5-4, in their opener. Then on Sunday on the road at St. Cloud Tech, the Jays came within an eyelash of beating the third-ranked team in the nation.
West lost the second game with Riverland 13-1. And they lost twice to St. Cloud Tech on scores of 3-2 and 16-0.
But with the first games of those twinbills, they showed head coach JD Hostikka what good things they’re capable of.
“We opened up the conference with the two toughest teams in the conference and played right with them — and won one of the games,” he said.
Dustin Pronk went the distance on the mound in the first game with Riverland, going a full nine innings in the extra-inning game while walking just two and striking out nine. The Bluejays scored the winning run after Justin Jass hit a one-out single, stole second and was brought home on a Tristan Sorenson RBI single.
In the first game with St. Cloud Tech, West got another outstanding pitching performance by Clarke Hein, who toiled a full seven. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out three and, according to Hostikka, “did an outstanding job keeping them off-balance and staying ahead of hitters.”
The Bluejays are now 3-13 overall and 1-3 in division play.
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