VFW BASEBALL: Worthington VFW beats Tyler 10-6
WORTHINGTON -- An early lead held up for Worthington VFW in a 10-6 win over Tyler Monday night.
"We don't know these guys, this is the first time we've played them all year," Worthington coach T. D. Hostikka said.
In the top of the first, Worthington pitcher Ryan Lee struck out the first Tyler batter he saw, only to walk the next two. With runners on first and second, Lee proceeded to strike out Tyler's No. 4 and No. 5 hitters to get himself out of the inning.
"I was wild, but I got the job done I guess," Lee said. "I knew we were hitting at the plate and we were doing our job, so I just knew I just had to keep throwing strikes."
In the bottom of the first, Worthington would get their bats going with two runners on base and one out. After Tyler pitcher Abel Romandia gave up a walk to the lead-off man, Tristan Sorenson, his infield gave up an error to put runners at first and third.
Lee came up to the plate next and grounded out to first, scoring Sorenson from third. In the next at bat, Roque Soto smashed an RBI double to the outfield clearing the bases and giving Post 3958 a 2-0 lead.
"We put pressure on them," Hostikka said. "That is the thing we do best. We are not going to hit it out of the park. But we get a baserunner and we are going to be aggressive running the bases. Then we'll hit the ball and score some runs."
Lee would breeze through the top of the second, striking out another two batters and getting the last out on a popout.
The bottom of the second produced another batch of runs for Worthington, with Nate Braaksma scoring on a a wild pitch by Romandia with the bases loaded.
After the next batter popped out, Lee would once again get a clutch hit, doubling a ball into the outfield to score two more runners to put Worthington up 5-0.
"Our goal is to score runs in every inning," Hostikka said. "I think [today] there is only one inning we didn't score."
The top of the third turned out to be a scary one for Post 3958 with an error and a walk putting two runners on base for Tyler. Lee would get out of the inning with two strikeouts.
"When you look at thirteen strikeouts on 21 outs, it is hard for a defense to get into a groove," Hostikka said. "So hats off to Ryan to do that. And hats off to our defense for not completely falling asleep out there."
Worthington got more timely hitting in the bottom of the third. After Braaksma hit a one-out double, Oliver Wolyniec hit a two-out triple to score Braaksma. A balk by Tyler pitcher Romandia would score Wolyniec from third one batter later to put Worthington up 7-0.
After getting a single, Sorenson would advance to second on a fielding error and then steal third to be in position to score on a wild pitch from Romandia giving Worthington an 8-0 lead.
"You build a nice lead like that and then the pitcher can kind of relax," Hostikka said. "And on hot night like this, he can just relax and worry about throwing strikes."
In the top of the fourth, Tyler finally broke the ice with three singles to put three runs on the board. Lee struggled with his control, walking two batters after recording two outs by strikeout.
"I need to throw a lot more strikes and not walk so many batters," Lee said.
Romandia would stettle down some in the bottom of the fourth, getting a one-two-three inning.
Tyler would feed off their pitcher's strong inning, putting two more runs on the board in the top of the fifth. Lee would struggle again with his control, giving up three runs and two wild pitches in the inning to let Tyler inch back into the game.
Worthington would score again in the bottom of the fifth when Carson Hagen hit a lead-off double. Hagen would advance on Braaksma's groundout to first and then score on a throw to first in a pickoff attempt.
Lee would struggle again with two outs in the top of the sixth, giving up two walks, but catching Romandia in a pickle between third base and home.
Tyler relief pitcher, Brandon Verly, would strikeout three in the bottom of the sixth, allowing one more run to score to put Worthington up 10-5.
Lee would allow one more run in the top of the seventh, after surrendering a lead-off double to Tyler's Brent Wiering. Wiering would score two batters later on a two-out single by Ryan Fischer.
Worthington VFW Post 3958 is 18-7 overall and 7-3 in conference and will play a doubleheader Friday in Worthington against Lennox, SD.
R H E
Tyler 000 320 1 -- 6 5 3
WGTN 233 011 X -- 10 7 1
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Okabena downs Fulda
HERON LAKE -- Okabena Legion jumped out to an early lead in a 16-3 victory over Fulda Monday night in five innings and would never look back.
The first inning was the beginning of the end for Fulda with Okabena putting up 11 runs in the bottom of the frame. They would score runs in the next three innings on the way to their victory.
Sean Haberman went 2-for-2 with a three-run triple, with Eric Jass and Kyle Elder also registering triples. Justin Jass went three innings in the win, striking out four and allowing two runs. Haberman came in to pitch the last two innings, recording four strikeouts in relief.
Fulda's Clarke Hein, Austin Clarke and Zach Holt all got hits, with Clarke also scoring two runs in the contest
Okabena will host Windom Thursday in the team's next game.
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Fulda 101 01 -- 3 3 3
Okabena (11)13 1X -- 16 9 1