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Legion baseball: Post 5 toughens up on tough teams

Tough opponents have been lining up to play the Worthington Post 5 Legion baseball team in recent days. Last weekend, the locals were beaten three out of four times in the Midwest Classic in New Ulm.

Better times happened Monday night in Luverne as the Worthington club defeated Luverne 5-2 -- its second victory in as many tries this summer against one of the more talented clubs in southwest Minnesota.

Midwest Classic

NEW ULM -- In a tournament that featured several outstanding teams, the Post 5 lost three and won one in the New Ulm Midwest Classic.

Post 5 lost its opener 6-2 to Eastview/Apple Valley on Friday, then defeated Sleepy Eye by an 8-1 score before losing Saturday to Brandon Valley, 13-6.

Eastview-Apple Valley played for the championship later in the tournament. Brandon Valley athletes won the South Dakota state high school championship in 2018. Sleepy Eye was second in the Minnesota 2018 Class A tournament.

In Worthington’s opening game against Eastview-Apple Valley, Ben Rogers threw six innings while striking out one and allowing no walks, and Tyler Linder finished up. Logan Huisman was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, and Eric Heidebrink and Linder also had two hits apiece with a double.

In the Sleepy Eye game, Huisman pitched a complete game and was excellent, allowing one run and six hits. His breaking ball was exceptional, and ht finished with three walks and nine strikeouts.

Tucker Sorenson and Linder each had two hits. Karter Honius rapped a three-run double.

Worthington stayed with Brandon Valley until the seventh inning when the South Dakota team scored six runs. Heidebrink and Linder handled mound duties.

Sorenson went 2-for-3 with an inside-the-park home run. Huisman had two hits and drove in three runs. Linder hit a triple.

Finally, St. Michael-Albertville topped Worthington 10-8, getting a good start with seven runs in the first inning. Brayden Donkersloot started the game for Post 5, and Huisman pitched seven innings on short rest.

Sorenson was 3-for-3 with a double, Heidebrink hit a double, and Karter Honius had two hits while driving in two runs.

Worthington 5, Luverne 2

LUVERNE -- With the score deadlocked at 1-1 through three innings, the Post 5 bunch began inching away from Luverne with a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth. Luverne scored in the bottom of the sixth, but Worthington got insurance with two in the seventh.

Sorenson threw a complete game for the visitors, walking six but striking out 10 on a two-hitter. Ben Serie started for Luverne and was relieved by Jacob Van Dam.

Huisman went 2-for-3 at the plate for Worthington with a double. Heidebrink hit a double. Sorenson went 1-for-2 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.

Tommy Bauman and Mason Ellenbecker each drove in a run for the winners.

The win moved Worthington to 12-7 on the season.

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