Prep baseball: Donkersloot gem helps WHS edge Windom Area
BY AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- Brayden Donkersloot said he’s usually more of a relief pitcher than a starter.
But given the opportunity on Tuesday, the junior pitcher on Worthington’s baseball team made the most of it.
Behind a pair of RBIs from Logan Huisman and five strong innings from Donkersloot, the Trojans defeated Windom Area 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader.
“It was tough to keep it close, but we did come back in the end and got the other run. I was proud of my team,” Donkersloot said. “My slider really came in good, it broke the way I wanted it to. Starting the game is a little bit different for me, I usually don’t start, I usually come in afterwards.”
In the nightcap, Pipestone Area jumped out to a quick first-inning lead in an 8-0 win.
“It’s good to get back in the win column,” WHS head coach Stacy Sauerbrei said. “It’s fun playing Windom and Pipestone. It’s old rivalries and the kids know each other. It’s too bad those aren’t conference games anymore. It’s always a good time and close games with those guys.”
Against the Eagles, Donkersloot and WA’s Noah Kloss were in a tight pitcher’s duel. Donkersloot allowed one run on five hits and struck out four in five innings.
“The first inning I struggled a little bit,” Donkersloot said. “But the second inning, my arm started to feel a little bit better and I started pitching strikes and found the umpire’s zone. He didn’t like the high pitches, so I had to find the lower zone. Once I found it, they were hitting it to my infield and my infield did a good job of getting the ball over to first base and throwing them out.”
Kloss allowed two runs on five hits in six innings for the Eagles.
“Noah Kloss had a really good, really efficient game,” WA head coach Brad Schlomann said. “I thought he was all around the zone. I was really happy with his performance and I was happy with how Luke (Gilbertson) hit and ran around the bases.”
Gilbertson -- who scored the Eagles’ lone run in the third on an RBI from Alex Borsgard -- had three hits.
Meanwhile, Huisman did the damage for the Trojans. He drove in Turner Rogers in the fourth to tie the game at 1 and broke the tie with by plating Tyler Linder in the sixth.
“I got here right after school today and got some cuts in and felt good,” Huisman said. “I was just seeing it really well today, I guess.”
Linder threw the final two innings for WHS in the win.
“Brayden pitched really well,” Huisman said. “He was finding the zone the whole game. We had really good defense, which didn’t carry over to the second game, including myself. In the first game, as a team all around, we played really well.”
The Arrows jumped all over the Trojans in the second game as they took advantage of walks and errors for a four-run first inning.
That was enough for PA’s Carter Colemer, who did not allow a run on five hits in the shutout.
“We got off to a good start because Worthington didn’t get off to a very good start and they gave us those four runs. Sometimes that’s a curse because you get too relaxed. We had a couple innings where we had guys on right away, so we kept the pressure on,” PA head coach Rick Zollner said. “I know Carter mixed in a couple of his knuckleballs and some other stuff just to keep them loose up there, but that’s a good hitting team.”
Matt Enger had a pair of hits and drove in a run for the Arrows, while Josh Tinklenberg had two hits and scored twice.First game Windom Area 001 000 0 -- 1 4 1 Worthington 000 101 x -- 2 5 2Second game Pipestone Area 400 121 0 -- 8 9 0Worthington 000 000 0 -- 0 5 3