ADRIAN — It wasn't quite the fairy tale ending to an emotional day that the Adrian Junior Legion baseball team wanted.
Still, there was plenty for head coach Joe Kruger to be proud of despite its 8-7 loss.
Adrian, playing host to Worthington on Thursday night, was competing on the diamond in a game played on the same day that visitation took place for teammate Carter Braun, who died in a June 22 crash.
"We went to the visitation as a team, then came and out and played a baseball game," Kruger said Friday. "It makes the baseball game — a win or a loss — seem pretty meaningless."
Kruger said the team's members wanted to play Thursday's game as scheduled — no doubt because it hoped to earn its first victory of the season in Braun's memory. But, in a see-saw contest, Worthington ended up pushing across the winning run in the top of the seventh to emerge with the win.
For Adrian, Dawson Krahling led the way offensively with a 3-for-4 night that included two singles and a double. Carson Wolford also drove in a pair of runs with a single.
Worthington was paced by by two doubles from Blake Ahrenstorff, one of which came in the seventh. With two outs, Tate Gaul singled and promptly stole second, and Ahrenstroff brought him home with a two-bagger.
Gaul added a double in the game for Worthington, which also got a pair of hits from Tommy Lais. Michael Iverson picked up the victory on the mound.
"I told our team I was very, very proud of them," Kruger said. "To play with them like we did says something about our boys."
On Friday, Worthington picked up a win in its first game of a tournament in Marshall, holding on for a 4-3 triumph over Red Wing to improve to 12-3 overall on the season. Worthington is also 5-0 in conference play.
"As a team, it was our best defensive game of the season," Worthington head coach T.D. Hostikka said. "We had some really good individual plays, and as a team we also made some great defensive plays."
Nathan VanOrman starred on the mound in the win, pitching five shutout — and hitless — innings. Isaiah Noble contributed an RBI double and a single and also scored two runs; Jake Brandner added a pair of hits and a run scored.
Worthington continues play in Marshall today, taking on Elk River at 11:30 a.m. and Orono at 2 p.m. A Sunday opponent remains to be determined.
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Adrian 320 002 0 — 7 8 3
Worthington 002 011 0 — 4 5 2
Red Wing 000 000 3 — 3 3 2