LEGION BASEBALL: Pipestone Legion flashes the leather in 5-3 win over Worthington
WORTHINGTON -- Making the transition from first base to second is tough enough on a normal day, but try doing it with a first basemen's glove, while throwing left-handed.
That is exactly what Pipestone Legion's second baseman Gunnar Manderscheid did Tuesday night in a 5-3 win over Worthington.
"I've never played second base until today," Manderscheid said. "And I didn't have a fielder's glove, so we had to make a first basemen's switch.
"It was just fun out there. It makes it easier when coaches aren't yelling at you."
Not only did Manderscheid make the transition to second look smooth, but he also made two phenomenal diving grabs to throw out the Worthington hitters at first.
"I'm really glad Reid was playing first base, because he is really good at scooping up the ball," Manderscheid said. "He saved me a few times. My throws weren't too good, but we still got the outs."
Pipestones defense backstopped a solid outing by pitcher Austin Evans, who pitched a complete game while scattering 11 hits, striking out two batters, and walking two.
"That is probably one of the best outings I've seen Austin have in quite some time," Pipestone coach Steve Moffitt said. "He did a great job out there. We played some good defense, considering I have two first basemen out there and the second baseman was playing with a first basemen's glove."
Worthington held a 1-0 lead going into the top of the second before three errors by the infield allowed Pipestone to build a 4-1 lead.
"You got to make the plays," Worthington coach Todd Rogers said. "I just told them we have to clean it up and play the game. We are only down 4-1. You guys got to do it on your own, Ryan and I can't do it for you."
Rogers gave a quick pep talk after the team's rough second inning, telling them to keep playing hard and focus on every play. But he still felt Jensen had a good game, despite the loss.
"Nate [Jensen] threw a good game," Rogers said. "You can't take anything away from him."
Jensen came back from his rough second inning to allow only three hits, while fanning seven of the 11 Pipestone batters through the final five innings.
"It felt pretty good," Jensen said. "I don't know, you got to come prepare and we didn't come prepared tonight. One inning we fell apart and that is what killed us. Next game we'll go into it the same way we came into this one and just hope the defense comes to play."
Worthington came back in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by Aaron Pavelko and a run-scoring balk by Evans to pull the team within one going into the sixth.
"We were trying to get [the ball] in play, get a fly ball and tag them up to score," Rogers said. "But it didn't work out. That's just the way it goes."
Pipestone added another run in the top of the fifth on a RBI single by Jason Nettik that put them up for good.
"Worthington is a stellar team, I'm glad they aren't in our division so we don't have to play them to make it out of the division," Moffitt said. "There was a lot of great plays made by both teams.
"It is really hard to play in the wind like this, and both teams made unbelievable plays in the field. We had some real timely hits; we had a little trouble bunting though. But it all worked out in the end."
Worthington plays at home again on Thursday against Fairmont at 6:30 p.m.
"We got a tough game coming up against Fairmont and we have to clean things up for Thursday's game," Rogers said. "We have to come to play."
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Pipestone 040 001 0 -- 5 3 1
WGTN 100 020 0 -- 9 3 4
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Okabena 14, Slayton 6
HERON LAKE -- Alex Meyer was 2-for-4 with three runs and a solo homer, Justin Jass was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Jacob Olson had two hits with three RBIs and Aaron Fest had a two-run single to lead Okabena Legion over Slayton Tuesday.
Meyer got the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings with five strikeouts. Luke Henkels started the game for Okabena (3-5), striking out three and giving up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Darien Schreiber was 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and Kyle Vos was 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Slayton.
Okabena will travel to Windom Thursday.
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Slayton 003 111 0 -- 6 8 4
Okabena 201 047 X -- 14 9 3