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Legion baseball: Despite mistakes, Worthington tops Pipestone

PIPESTONE -- Golfers get the yips. Basketball players get the shakes. But Worthington American Legion baseball coach Todd Rogers isn't exactly sure what his team is dealing with defensively.

Visiting Worthington committed six errors Tuesday in Pipestone. Fortunately enough for the Post 5 Legionaires, they still won the game, 7-5.

Dropped fly balls, a couple of ground balls that were booted --it all happened Tuesday, Rogers said.

"I hate to keep saying the same thing (in practice). And they're just routine plays," testified the coach.

Mistakes, however, weren't limited to Worthington. Pipestone committed three errors of its own.

Despite the defensive miscues, Worthington's bats continue to produce. Post 5 collected 10 hits against Pipestone pitching in the seven-inning game. Blake Rogers and A.J. Hayenga collected two hits apiece. The visitors scored single runs in the first and second innings and kept Pipestone scoreless through the first three. A three-run fifth inning helped Worthington to a 5-1 lead, forcing the home team to play catch-up the rest of the way.

Josh Mabon was the game's losing pitcher.

Rogers pitched the game's first four innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight. Mitchell Baumhoefner pitched two innings and Logan Rogers hurled the seventh.

All of Pipestone's runs were unearned.

In assessing Worthington's defense, coach Rogers reiterated that his team has played solid defense before. Just a few weeks ago, in fact, Post 5 committed just two errors throughout the South Sioux City, Neb., tournament, which they won. He's hoping to see that kind of defense this weekend at the eight-team Alexandria Tournament, a Friday-Saturday-Sunday affair which typically features strong competition.

Worthington will open Friday at noon against Madison.

"If we go up there, we've gotta play a lot better ball," Rogers said.


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