Prep baseball: Hagen, Trojans trip E/SWC
WORTHINGTON — Carson Hagen certainly didn’t have the look of someone making his first career varsity start Monday when he took the hill against Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian.
All the junior did was carry a no-hitter into the top of the fifth inning. Though Flying Dutchmen junior Peter Kroll sliced a single up the middle to end the no-hit bid, Hagen was still dominant in a 10-0, five-inning win for Worthington.
“I was pretty relaxed,” Hagen said of how he felt coming into the non-conference contest. “I wasn’t too hyped up or anything like that. I just went out there and threw my game. I didn’t throw too many balls, either; which is a problem for me sometimes.”
Hagen walked only two batters while striking out six during the five-inning complete game. He said he was able to keep the E/SWC batters off-balance with mainly his fastball, while mixing in a few curves to keep them on their toes.
“Carson came out ready to compete,” Trojans head coach Stacy Sauerbei said. “He got into a number of situations where he came into a full count and he didn’t walk very many people. That’s a testimony to his mental ability.”
It certainly didn’t hurt his case when his offense exploded for eight runs in the home half of the first.
After Hagen set the Flying Dutchmen down in order in the top of the inning, Worthington leadoff man Logan Thuringer set the tone at the plate. He belted a liner over the head of E/SWC’s left fielder and one-hopped off the fence, allowing him to race all the way around to third with a leadoff triple. Alex Purdy drove him in with a hard shot to right for a single just two pitches later and the Trojans were on their way to a big first inning.
A pair of Flying Dutchmen errors aided in four more runs for the home team before Thuringer came to the plate for the second time. He belted a double to left to plate Hagen and Blake Fauske. When the dust settled, it was 8-0 in favor of Worthington going into the second.
“That takes a ton of pressure off,” Hagen said. “It was just a huge relief, coming out and going 1-2-3 and then scoring eight runs after that. It was just smooth sailing from there.”
The Trojans plated single runs in both the third and the fourth to bring the game to its run-rule final score.
Thuringer finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored for Worthington with Purdy going 2-for-3 with two batted in. Luke Drooger took the loss for E/SWC, allowing nine runs — only two of which were earned — on six hits over three innings of work.
The Flying Dutchmen (0-3 overall, 0-2 Red Rock Conference) will try to bounce back in Edgerton at 4:30 p.m. tonight. Worthington (4-1 overall, 3-1 Southwest Conference) will try to keep it rolling at 5 p.m. tonight at home against Marshall.
“We need to just keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Hagen said. “Today was a great bounce-back game for us after losing to Luverne last week. Marshall’s a good team, but I think we’re a better team and I think we can beat them.
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WHS 801 1x — 10 6 0
E/SWC 000 00 — 0 1 4