SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. -- Scoring 28 runs in two games, the Worthington Senior Legion baseball team defeated host South Sioux City 13-6 and 15-14 on Thursday.
The games were a solid tune-up for the start of the league schedule. Worthington opens league play on Monday at Tracy.
In their first game against South Sioux City, the locals overcame a 6-5 deficit through four innings to score four times in the top of the fifth and four more times in the top of the seventh. Eli Gaul finished with two hits in three at bats and Brock Bruns had two hits in four tries. But the big bat belonged to Will Brandner, who went 3-for-3 with a triple and a home run while driving in five.
Starting pitcher Nathan Van Orman pitched three innings, walking six and striking out four, while allowing three runs. Danny Pavelko earned the win in a four-inning effort. He allowed three runs and walked just two.
In the second game, Worthington had a different hitting star. It was Kent Lais, who was 5-for-5 at the plate with seven RBIs. Teammates Tommy Lais, Van Orman, Pavelko and Aaron Vega all added a pair of hits, and Van Orman drove in two runs.
Bruns pitched one and two-thirds innings. Gaul pitched four and one-third innings, walked four and struck out seven, and allowed three runs. Pavelko pitched one inning, walking three and giving up four runs.
Gaul was the winning pitcher.
Worthington out-hit South Sioux City 15-5 in the nightcap and scored in every inning except the fifth. The seventh inning was a wild one, with Worthington scoring five times and South Sioux City scoring four times -- but one fewer than needed to send the game into extra innings.