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18U softball: Worthington goes 3-2 in New Ulm

NEW ULM — The Worthington Storm 18U softball team finished in third place this weekend after going 3-2 at a two-day tournament in New Ulm.

The Storm opened the weekend by going 1-1 on Saturday but came back strong on Sunday, winning two of their three contests; including a hard-fought third-place bout against Buffalo.

The weekend started with a shutout for Worthington as it took a 7-0 victory over St. James.

Molly Dunn, who proved to be a workhorse over the weekend, pitched a complete game to get the win. She struck out eight and allowed just three hits.

Tessla Crowell went 2-for-2 at the plate. Taylor Schreier and Rebecca Kazemba were both 2-for-3.

The second game Saturday proved to be a big one. Worthington dropped a tough, 2-1 decision to New Ulm. At the end of the tournament, those two teams ended up in a tie for second and the first tiebreaker — total runs allowed — was 14 for both squads. Therefore, the 2-1 win for New Ulm made the difference.

In that game, Ida Rogers-Ferguson took the loss in the circle for the Storm, allowing three hits and striking out three. Schreier was 2-for-3 again to lead the way at the plate.

Worthington came out on a mission Sunday and proved that with a 7-2 win over Jackson to begin the day.

Kazemba pitched the first three and got the win, striking out two and giving up three hits in the process. Dunn relieved her and struck out six during her three innings of work.

Rogers-Ferguson was 3-for-4 at the plate in the win. Betsy Thompson was 2-for-3 while Paige Kinley went 2-for-4.

The Storm ran into eventual tournament champion Norwood-Young America in their second game Sunday and took a tough, 6-4 loss.

Rogers-Ferguson was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs on three hits over three innings. Dunn allowed one run during the final two frames.

Kameron Kroh was 2-for-2 at the plate while Schreier got back on track with a 2-for-3 performance.

Finally, Worthington did battle with the Buffalo Bison and came away with a 6-4 win for third place.

Dunn, who pitched a total of 11 innings Sunday and 17 in the tournament, threw a complete game and got the win. She surrendered five hits and fanned three.

Kazemba was 2-for-3 to lead the way at the plate. Thompson, Kinley and Rogers-Ferguson all had a hit each.

“It was a good tournament,” Storm coach Joe Kinley said. “It was a lot of fun and the girls had a blast. We took on some good competition.”

Worthington (5-2 overall, 2-0 Southernstar League West) will open up its home schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a doubleheader against New Ulm.

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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