Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.
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COTTONWOOD -- Softball fans who took it as a given that the Edgerton/Southwest Christian Flying Dutchmen are destined this year to play in the Minnesota state tournament might have forgotten that they’re not the only powerhouse in Section 3A. The Dutchmen, ranked No. 4 in Minnesota Class A and coming off a 2016 state tournament run where they outscored three opponents 35-2 en route to the title, survived a scare Saturday.
NEW ULM -- When Worthington’s Tucker Sorenson poked a bases-loaded triple off the base of the right-center field fence in a four-run fourth inning, it appeared that the Trojans had the Mankato East Cougars just where they wanted them.
Baseball experts say that pitching keys success, but the top seeds in the southern halves of Section 3A and Section 3AA have pitching-plus.
EDGERTON -- As walk-offs go, the grand slam wasn’t as big as the single. But both were impressive, indeed. In the Section 3A South softball opener at Edgerton Tuesday, Jenny Nelson belted a grand slam walk-off home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Edgerton/Southwest Christian a 19-2 victory over Heron Lake-Okabena. In the next game, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove went nine innings to earn a come-from-behind 10-9 win over Murray County Central on a walk-off single by Meghan Shannon.
WORTHINGTON -- “Making our misses better.” Golfers understand what the phrase means, if others don’t. Close doesn’t only count in horseshoes and hand grenades. It counts in golf, too. Bad misses lead to lost holes. Good misses that land in manageable spots don’t become lost rounds.
BY DOUG WOLTER firstname.lastname@example.org WORTHINGTON -- Action in the southwest Minnesota amateur baseball ranks doesn’t really heat up until the weather heats up -- that is, in June. It is now mid-May, and the Worthington Cubs have played just one game -- a one-sided loss to Milroy. There is reason for much optimism, however.
WORTHINGTON -- They’ve got the record, they’ve got the seed, and beginning today (Thursday, May 18) the Minnesota West Bluejays will see if they’ve got the moxie. The Jays open Region 13 Tournament baseball action this afternoon in St. Cloud as the No. 2 seed. They are the MCAC Southern Division champions with a 14-2 record (27-18 overall) and during one marvelous stretch they’ve won 17 straight games.
WORTHINGTON -- As the lowering sun dipped into the Worthington treeline at the Trojan Relays Tuesday night, Luverne pole vaulter Matthew Hup made his first attempt at 14 feet. The pole vault competition began at a little after 4 p.m. A little after 8 p.m., Hup was still trying to better his season’s best, a 13-9 vault accomplished earlier this month at the prestigious Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D.
WORTHINGTON -- The Trojan Relays has been a big track and field event for as long as anyone can remember. It certainly looms large on the Worthington calendar as a day to pull out all the stops in front of a large and anticipatory home crowd. At the annual running of the Relays, timing is key. The event occurs each year at a moment in springtime where the most important meets of the season are bunching up.
MANKATO -- The day belonged to Mankato East. But it was a good day, nonetheless, for the Worthington Trojans track and field team Tuesday at the Section 2AA True Team meet. While East captured both the boys and girls team championships, the Trojans saw some outstanding competition that should help them with the Big South Conference meet scheduled for Saturday in Fairmont and Worthington’s own Trojan Relays set for Tuesday.