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Junior Legion trips Tracy, 10-5

The Worthington Post 5 Junior Legion team got off to a slow start this summer, mainly because its pitchers were on the wild side. But it was a different story Monday night.

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Worthington Junior Legion's Matthais Noble (14) slides safely into home plate as Tracy catcher Eathan Martinez's tag is late. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Post 5 Junior Legion team got off to a slow start this summer, mainly because its pitchers were on the wild side.

But here on a beautiful Monday night it was a different story.

Five Worthington pitchers combined to strike out 13 and allow just one earned run as Post 5 defeated Tracy 10-5. It was the first victory of the summer in five tries for Worthington.

“We’ve had a struggle the past few games but we finally came out and pounded the strike zone, which was really nice,” said Cooper McCoy, Worthington’s starting and winning pitcher. “It’s a good feeling.”

The right-handed McCoy fanned four in two innings of work. Relievers Holden Scheppard, Triston Sauerbrei, Tucker Brandner and Cade Grimmius also threw for the winners, who are filled with 15 and 16-year-old athletes.

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“I had a plan and wanted to pitch five pitchers,” said Worthington manager TD Hostikka. “Everybody responded and threw strikes. We did a lot of good things.”

Sauerbrei had two hits and three RBIs, while Ryan Lais added a double and run-scoring single. Sauerbrei’s two RBI safeties both came with two out, including a third-inning infield hit deep in the hole at shortstop that scored two runs thanks to heads-up base-running by Matthias Noble.

Overall, Worthington scored seven runs with two down.

“We executed pretty well on our two-out hitting and had smart base-running on the dropped third strikes,” McCoy said. “It was a very good day for us.”

McCoy led off the bottom of the sixth with a booming triple to centerfield. Two outs later, the slender southpaw Noble cranked a two-run triple to right.

Tracy scored three times in the seventh, thanks in part to a Worthington error, but it was too little, too late.

Tracy managed just four hits, including a double by Travis Willhite and two singles and an RBI from Caden Anderson.

Worthington whiffed just four times, and twice the team’s hitters reached safely when strike three eluded the Tracy catcher.

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“We put the ball in play,” Hostikka said. “When you put the ball in play and move the runners around you’re going to score some runs.”

Post 5 displayed potential both at the plate and on the mound this night. Scheppard struck out two in a 1-2-3 inning, Sauerbrei also whiffed a pair, and Brandner fanned three in two impressive innings.

The Worthington manager said his team has excellent potential.

“When they play together and they play the game, and don’t worry about the outside stuff, they’re going to be good,” Hostikka said.

The Post 5 Junior Legion team plays at Marshall on Thursday and travels back to a tournament at the same site this weekend.

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Worthington Legion Post 5 Jr. Division pitcher Tristan Sauerbrei (29) gets a Hi five from head coach Theodore Hostikka after holding Tracy Post 173 to no runs in the inning Monday evening at the Worthington Middle School 06 21 21. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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