WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Junior Legion baseball team, with a schedule that will soon get tournament-heavy, received just what the doctor ordered Monday in its home game with Slayton. The locals pounded out 14 hits in a 15-4 five-inning victory. The bench was emptied and every starter had at least one hit.
Nathan VanOrman, Isaiah Noble and Kent Lais had two hits apiece as Worthington moved to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
“My plan for this week was to get us ready for tournaments. Because we’re playing tournaments for the next four weeks,” said head coach TD Hostikka.
On Friday, the locals will open a weekend tourney in Marshall.
In Monday’s game, Worthington used three pitchers. Michael Iverson hurled the first two frames and VanOrman pitched the next two. Coming in to start the fifth, Jake Brandner walked the first three Slayton hitters but then found the strike zone.
Slayton collected just one hit in the contest.
Worthington started quickly on offense, scoring four runs in the first inning before adding five in the second. An RBI single by Brock Bruns, a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Van Orman and a two-run single by Tommy Lais highlighted the first. Iverson belted a two-run single in the second and VanOrman hit a two-run double.
Four more runs scored in the fourth, helped along by an RBI single off the leg of Slayton pitcher Colten Mitchell and run-scoring hits by Brandner and Noble.
After Slayton plated four runs in the top of the fifth, the home team ended the game in the bottom of the inning on a one-out RBI clout by VanOrman to the left-field fence.
Cooper Wajer, Mitchell and Abe Paulzine saw mound action for Slayton.
Slayton 000 04 -- 4 1 5
Worthington 450 41 -- 15 14 3