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Legion baseball: Rogers leads Post 5 to tourney title

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. -- The bats were booming for the Worthington Legion Post 5 baseball team over the weekend.

Worthington captured the championship of the South Sioux City, Neb., tournament with three victories, and in two of the games Blake Rogers hit a grand slam home run.

"If we play the rest of the year like we played this weekend, I tell you what ...," head coach Todd Rogers said, leaving others to complete the sentence.

In its first tournament game Saturday, Post 5 dominated Dakota Valley 19-0 as pitcher Deron Soderholm scattered three hits over six innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out two.

Tyler Hatterman and Ryan Lee each had three hits while Rogers and Lucas Henning hit two. Rogers belted his first slam of the tournament in the sixth inning.

Worthington next beat Tonka, Neb., 7-4 Sunday behind Mitchell Baumhoefner, who went six innings on the mound and allowed six hits, walking two and striking out seven. All four of Tonka's runs were unearned.

Alex Hayenga, Henning and Hatterman all had two hits for the winners, and Lee had three.

In the championship game Sunday afternoon against Vermillion, S.D., Worthington prevailed 10-0 in six innings. Henning was the winning pitcher, allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out seven.

He also had two hits, as did teammates Lee and Aaron Pavelko.

Rogers hit a grand slam in the fourth inning.

Worthington is now 6-2 on the season and looking like a solid team all the way around. Rogers said Sunday night that his Legion squad showed strong hitting, pitching and --despite the four unearned runs against Tonka -- defense, too.

"We just had those two errors in that Tonka game, and other than that I don't think they made an error all weekend," he said.