BY AARON HAGEN
WORTHINGTON -- For Michael Iverson, his focused approach at the plate was the difference.
Iverson had a hand in all four runs for the Worthington baseball team in Tuesday’s game against Marshall.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, it was in a losing effort as the Tigers came away with an 11-4 victory.
“They put some hits together when they had guys on base,” WHS coach Brian Iverson said. “We didn’t necessarily do that. We didn’t catch any breaks.”
Michael Iverson finished 3-for-3 with two singles and a double. He drove in three runs and scored another.
“I came up to the plate ready to hit,” he said. “Just took the first pitch and hit it. I came more focused. I swung at the first pitch that was a fastball.”
If that wasn’t enough, he threw three shutout innings in relief.
“It was alright, it wasn’t special,” Iverson said. “I walked quite a few people. It could have been better.”
His single in the third led off the inning and he later scored on Brayden Donkersloot’s groundout. In the fourth, Adam Russell singled and scored on Iverson’s single. In the sixth, Will Brandner walked and Tommy Lais singled. They both scored on Iverson’s double.
“He’s been hitting the ball hard, he just hasn’t found an opening. Tonight he had one up the middle and a couple out to right center. He hit them nice,” Coach Iverson said. “He’ll be excited about that because he’s been a nervous wreck, I know, at home.”
While WHS stranded seven runners on base, the Tigers were able to drive home their runs.
“We just need to come up with key hits when we do have guys on base and take advantage if the opponents do commit some errors,” Coach Iverson said. “We’ll just keep battling. It’s early in the year, the weather hasn’t been very nice and the field conditions aren’t the greatest. But both teams are playing on it, so we have to take advantage of opportunities when we get them.”
Marshall scored twice in the first, five in the third and four in the fourth. Marshall’s Jordan Mernaugh was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Jackson Hughes had two hits and scored three runs, while Cody Greve walked twice, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs. Isaac Schmitt -- who was the winning pitcher -- scored two runs.
Worthington, which drops to 0-4 this year, is at Pipestone Area on Thursday.
“That is tough. If we would have talked three weeks ago and they said where would you like to be after a half dozen games or so, we probably say we’d like to be around .500; getting a few wins but we’ll take losses because we know we’re playing in a tough conference and there are some good teams,” Coach Iverson said. “We’re just going to have to step up to the plate and compete with them, which I think we can.”