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Amateur baseball: Cubs pull even at 3-3 with win over Tracy

Tracy Engineers base runner Travis Apperson (1) slides into second base as an errant throw eludes Worthington Cubs infielder Adam Munkel in Wednesday night's amateur baseball game in Worthington. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

BY DOUG WOLTER

WORTHINGTON -- Just like the good team they hope to be this year, the Worthington Cubs turned on the juice when they needed to Wednesday night against the Tracy Engineers.

Trailing 2-1 after three and a half innings, the Cubs scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take command. They saw a 5-2 lead dwindle to 5-4 in the seventh. So they erupted for five in the bottom half of the inning and added two in the eighth to win in a 12-6 rout.

Worthington evened its summer record to 3-3 with the victory. Tracy fell to 0-8.

In the summer of ‘18, the Cubs have a nice mix of veteran and youthful talent. The veterans start with slugging first baseman Josh Wasmund and player-coach Adam Munkel. The young talent is centered around former Worthington High School players like Easton Sauerbrei, Tucker Sorenson, Shawn Hurley, Eli Gaul and Nathan Braaksma -- to name a few.

Braaksma started on the mound for the Cubs on Wednesday, and he gave them six and one-third solid innings. Hurley, a speedster on the bases, used some sharp-breaking curve balls to get the team through nine.

Munkel likes all the young Cubs he’s got on the club. They keep the ol’ vets feeling young, too.

“We played hard,” said Munkel after Wednesday night’s game. “We’ve got a lot of young players. Keeping it fresh for the team. Hit the ball well. Made plays, good plays.”

Worthington will proceed this summer without a few of last year’s Cubs, who left the team to play for Adrian. So the infusion of new talent was needed. On Wednesday, they produced.

In the Cubs’ three-run fourth, Gaul led off the inning with a single. After the next batter walked, Sorenson laid down a perfect bunt that he beat out for a hit, whereupon he motored to third when the throw to first went wild and two runners scored. Sauerbrei drove in the third run with a single.

The veterans got into the act in the seventh. Wasmund hit an RBI single and Munkel stroked a two-run double in the inning.

“I think we look pretty solid,” Munkel said later, peering further ahead into the season. “We’re going to be hard to beat when we’re on. We got a lot of pitchers this year. A lot of quick fielders.”

They’ve got a few good hitters, too, with Wasmund and Munkel leading the way. Several of the newcomers have already made a name for themselves as being dangerous with the bat.

The Cubs, who collected 11 hits in Wednesday’s contest, also showed a keen eye as they patiently waited out several walks from Tracy pitchers Mason Campion, Shane Erickson and Mike Solheim.

Tracy 101 000 202 -- 6 11 2

Worthington 001 310 52x -- 12 11 1

Doug Wolter

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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