Legion baseball: Slieter lifts Luverne past Worthington
LUVERNE — Josh Slieter’s three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning broke open a tight game and helped the Luverne American Legion baseball team to a 6-2 victory over Worthington’s Post 5 Tuesday night.
Luverne led 2-0 before plating four runs in the fifth. Slieter, who was also the winning pitcher, also delivered an RBI in the first inning, so he drove in four of Luverne’s six runs.
On the mound, Slieter hurled the first four innings, walking no one and striking out five. Gunnar Olson pitched the next two and Kendall Meyer struck out the side in the seventh.
Logan Rogers took the loss for Worthington, going four and two-thirds innings. Jordan Bertrand finished up.
Blake Rogers had two singles and Tristan Sorenson doubled to lead the Post 5 offense, which scored both its runs in the sixth. Skyler Wenninger had two hits and Logan Norman had two doubles for Luverne, now 3-0 after winning twice on Monday — over South Dakota opponents Dell Rapids 14-6 and Flandreau 10-3.
Both teams collected eight hits. Luverne was errorless in the field.
Worthington is now 1-1 on the summer season. Post 5 opened the season Monday with a 14-0 victory over Pipestone.
“We fought back. Just too little, too late,” said Post 5 coach Jeff Nelson.
“It was a good game,” testified Luverne coach Barry Shelton. “Rogers pitched very well until Slieter got to him in the fifth inning.”
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Worthington 000 002 0 — 2 8 2
Luverne 100 140 x — 6 8 0