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Worthington’s Paige Kinley is congratulated by her team at home plate after blasting a two-run homer in the sixth inning against Brandon Valley Friday. ZACH HACKER/DAILY GLOBE

Prep softball: Trojans lose slugfest

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Zach Hacker

WORTHINGTON — Friday was one of those strange nights for Worthington.

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The Trojans put up 14 runs on 14 hits, but lost. Brandon Valley slugged out 16 hits to cross the plate 19 times. The Lynx also took advantage of six Worthington errors to score eight unearned runs.

“It was a combination of a lot of things going against us tonight,” Trojans coach Josh Wasmund said. “It wasn’t just a couple of bloop hits here and there. It was a bloop hit here and there and them getting into good counts against us throughout the game. We had a pitcher that was throwing well but just kind of lost it there in the last inning.”

That last inning was a disastrous one for the Trojans. After being ahead from the bottom of the first on, they held onto an 11-5 lead going into the top of the sixth. The Lynx answered with a five-run inning to knot it at 11-11. It looked like Worthington was going to hang on, however, after one big swing of the bat.

With two outs in the home half of the sixth and the score still tied at 11, Paige Kinley stepped to the plate with Liz Hayenga on second base. The senior slammed a screamer over the wall in left center for a two-run homer that put the Trojans back up 13-11.

“We went through the order in two separate innings,” Wasmund said. “We had some girls who really hit the ball hard. Even when we were making outs, we were hitting it hard.”

Unfortunately for Worthington, the aforementioned rough inning wasn’t the sixth; it was the seventh. After Kinley retired the first batter on a strikeout, seven straight Lynx reached. When all was said and done, they’d added eight to their total and taken hold of a 19-13 lead. The Trojans got one back in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough.

Kinley took the loss for the Trojans, allowing 11 earned runs on 16 hits and striking out one over seven innings of work. She did plenty of damage at the plate, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Brooke Henning was 3-for-4 with two driven in and one scored. Brianna Mullaney was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run.

The Trojans (3-7 overall, 2-4 Southwest Conference) open up a busy week at 4:30 Monday against St. James at Centennial Field. The Saints are coached by former Worthington head coach Sam Baumgartner.

“I’m not sure what to expect out of St. James,” Wasmund said. “But, I think with our team that if we put things together with our pitching, our offense can really do some things.”

R H E

BV 211 115 8 — 19 16 3

WHS 503 122 1 — 14 14 6

SWU 3, M-T 1 OKABENA — The Southwestern United Wildcats made the most of a night featuring a new field being dedicated and parents’ night by defeating Madelia-Truman.

Ida Rogers-Fergusen pitched a complete game for SWU. She struck out nine and didn’t allow any walks. Stephanie Kazemba went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Lizzie Rossow was 2-for-3, and Rachel Mathias hit a double.

Sierra McCraw went 2-for-3 for Madelia-Truman.

R H E

M-T 000 000 1 — 1 4 0

SWU 120 000 X — 3 8 0

RRC/WWG 12, CM/C 2 SANBORN — Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove finally got the monkey off its back Friday.

The Falcons put together a huge offensive performance to pick up their first win of the season, a 12-2 run-rule nonconference dismantling of Cedar Mountain/Comfrey.

RRC/WWG pitcher Taylor Willhite fired a three-hitter during which she allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out three. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate. Rachel Kedl was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs while Taylor Price also smashed two hits.

Those three led the Falcons to four runs in the first inning to grab the momentum early. They added five in the fourth to put the game away.

R H E

CM/C 020 00 — 2 3 1

RRC/WWG 400 53 — 12 11 2

JCC 14-2, Marshall 11-6 MARSHALL — Jackson County Central withstood a torrid Marshall comeback effort to pick up one win Friday, but lost the other half of its Southwest Conference doubleheader for its first loss of the season.

The Huskies picked up a 14-11 win by out-slugging the Tigers in the opener. Kathryn Nasby was 4-for-5 with a run scored and two driven in with Kelsey Kannenberg pounding three hits and Moira Carlson driving in six runs

JCC was up 13-4 going into the sixth when Marshall hung a seven-spot on the board to make things interesting. That was as close as it got, however, as Kannenberg struck out three in a two-inning save. Carlson got the win while striking out four.

The Huskies’ bats fell silent in the nightcap, getting just single runs in the first and fifth innings. Still, they led for much of the game before the Tigers scored all six of their runs in the final three frames.

Blaney Markman led the hitting attack, going 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Kannenberg was saddled with the loss despite striking out 13.

R H E

JCC 401 350 1 — 14 16 4

Marshall 003 017 0 — 11 12 6

R H E

Marshall 000 032 1 — 6 10 2

JCC 100 010 0 — 2 7 4

MCC 12, T-M-B 3 TRACY — Kristi Bose went the distance for the Murray County Rebels as she picked up the win over the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers.

Kanda Blomgren went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for MCC. McKenna Schreier was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Kylie Lessman took the loss, going four innings and allowing 10 earned runs. Lexi Tauer went 2-for-3 and Evelyn Dolan was 2-for-4.

R H E

MCC 312 240 0 — 12 15 3

T-M-B 001 110 0 — 3 7 4

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Zach Hacker
Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.
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