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Prep baseball: Marshall shuts down Worthington

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Worthington Trojan shortstop Roque Soto leaps out of the way of a sliding Marshall Tiger baserunner attempting to break up a double play Tuesday.

Zach Hacker

WORTHINGTON — It was shaping up to be an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel between Worthington’s Ryan Lee and CD Douglas of Marshall in their Southwest Conference battle in Worthington Tuesday.

That lasted until the fifth, but the Tigers had other plans from there.

The visitors put up five runs in the top of the fifth and added unearned runs in both the sixth and seventh to hand the Trojans just their second loss of the season, 7-0.

Despite the fact both pitchers were on-point in the early-going, each team had its opportunities to gain control. Both Worthington and Marshall left five men on base over the course of the first four innings.

“They’re a good-hitting ballclub and we knew that coming in,” Trojans coach Stacy Sauerbrei said. “We were playing with fire in the earlier innings but Ryan was able to get out of some jams. Unfortunately for us, they got some key hits in the middle and late innings. That’s something we didn’t do. We had the baserunners early and couldn’t drive them in.”

Nate Hoeft dropped in a Texas League single to get the rally started. The big blow came on a two-RBI triple by Bryce Johnson with nobody out. Two hits and a pitching change later, the Tigers had grabbed hold of a 5-0 lead.

Even after Douglas settled in, allowing only three men on during the final four innings, the Trojans had their chances. A few well stung balls just couldn’t find the gap.

“We hit the ball hard a lot,” Sauerbrei said. “I’m happy with our focus at the plate. We hit it hard and you can’t really ask for anything more than that. They just made the plays.”

Lee took the loss for Worthington, going four-plus innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits while walking four and fanning one. Roque Soto and Nathan Russell combined to throw the last three and gave up just one earned run on five hits. Carson Hagen led the way at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double. Alex Purdy, Lee, Soto and Trevor Wietzema had a single apiece.

Douglas got the win for the undefeated Tigers, striking out six and scattering six hits in the complete game shutout.

Worthington (4-2 overall, 3-1 Southwest) will try to get back on track at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Adrian.

“The kids grew up playing against Adrian, so it’s a fun rivalry,” Sauerbrei said. “They’re good this year so we expect to have our hands full; but it’s always a fun game for our kids.”


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