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Prep baseball: Lots of players contribute in WHS victory

The ball gets away as Worthington Trojans infielder Logan Huisman (21) Thursday as he tries to stop Pipestone Area's Garrett Ploeger (34) from taking second base. (Tim Middagh / Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- Worthington outfielder Tucker Sorenson summed up the Trojans’ 3-2 Big South Conference baseball victory over Pipestone Area on Thursday at Worthington Middle School Field perfectly.

“It may not be pretty, but it worked out,” he said.

The ball bounced the Trojans’ way as they capitalized on mistakes by the Arrows to scratch across just enough runs. Tyler Linder scored the game-winning run from third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a wild pitch to put his team ahead 3-2. He reached on a hard-hit infield single to the shortstop, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tanner Nordseth, and advanced to third on a passed ball.

“Tyler has been hitting the ball hard lately,” Worthington head coach Stacy Sauerbrei said. “You don’t realize how fast he is once he gets his motor going.”

After taking the lead, the Trojans’ closer, Logan Huisman came in and sent down the Arrows’ first three batters to notch the save.

“Most people think of it as intense or a lot of pressure, but I don’t really feel it,” Huisman said. “I used to be a starter, I just try to get outs no matter when I pitch.”

He struck out the first batter he faced and gave up a bloop single to Steven Czech to left field. Then Josh Tinklenberg grounded out to Worthington shortstop Easton Sauerbrei, who started the double play attempt, flicking it to second baseman Edgar Avilla. But the base runner slid into him eliciting an automatic called third out for interference.

“I don’t know if we would have gotten him or not, but they had to call that,” coach Stacy Sauerbrei said. “In high school ball, you can’t slide into a player. There was nothing malicious about it, just accidental.”

The Arrows jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring runs in the first and third innings. Mitchell Carson lined a single over third base to drive in Carter Colemer from third with two out in the first. And in the third, Tinklenberg scored from third while Colemer was caught in a rundown between first and second. After catching Colemer, the Trojans tried to catch Tinklenberg at home, but the throw was too late.

Worthington answered PA’s run in the top of the third with two in the bottom to knot the game 2-2. Sorenson accounted for both runs, driving in Shawn Hurley and scoring on a Sauerbrei single.

“If I can go 0-for-3 with an RBI and a run to help the team win, I’ll go 0-for-3 every game just to get the win,” Sorenson said.

Hurley started the game for the Trojans, allowing two runs, one earned, four hits and struck out two in four innings. Sauerbrei allowed two hits and no runs in the fifth and sixth. And Huisman came in to get the save.

Reid Homann pitched all seven innings for the Arrows, allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

Offensively, the Trojans found production up and down their lineup, with no players really standing out, but all contributing to the team win.

“Tanner Nordseth gets a hit and a nice sacrifice bunt, I’m very proud of him,” coach Sauerbrei said. “Edgar Avilla comes in and plays a good second base for us. When you can’t put your finger on one person, but you can think of about seven or eight different people, that’s a good sign.”

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