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Big road game tonight for Junior Legion team

The Worthington Junior Legion baseball team plays Marshall Black on the road tonight in a game with hefty implications.

BRANDON, S.D. -- The Worthington Junior Legion baseball team plays its most important game of the regular season tonight in Marshall. It will decide the league championship and impact the sub-state tournament seeding as well.

Worthington owns an 8-9 overall record and a 7-1 record in conference play. The game against the Marshall Black team begins at 6 p.m.

Coming off a weekend tournament in Brandon, S.D., where it won one game and lost two, Worthington will want to play better. The team started on Saturday with an 11-2 loss to a Legion team from West Central, then lost to Brandon Valley by a 4-3 score. The final game, however, was a 15-5 six-inning win over Vermillion on Sunday, which resulted in 14 Worthington hits.

“We certainly hit better yesterday, in that third game,” said head coach TD Hostikka on Monday. “We hadn’t had double-digit hits in a long time. But still, in all three games, we didn’t come out ready to play in that first inning.”

West Central scored nine first-inning runs against Worthington in the tournament opener, which was called after six innings. The locals, in fact, out-hit West 7-6, but errors and walks told the story.

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Worthington had six errors and walked nine batters in the contest.

Brandon Valley put two runs up on Worthington in the second game on Saturday. Worthington scored three times in the fourth inning but couldn’t hold on.

Michael Iverson pitched a complete game in the loss, walking three batters and striking out six, and allowing four runs.

Iverson had a double and an RBI. Isaiah Noble had two hits including an RBI double.

Against Vermillion, Nathan VanOrman pitched five innings and struck out nine, and Noble pitched a scoreless sixth.

Tate Gaul went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Noble was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Damon Schutz and Danny Pavelko both had two hits. Blake Ahrensdorff hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.

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