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Legion baseball: Post 5 exits from district tournament

DAILY GLOBE NEW ULM -- For a while, the Worthington American Legion baseball team shone in the summer sun. But a few short hours after that, it wilted in the summer heat. Buoyed by a hard-fought 8-3 win in a 1 p.m. start against eighth-seeded New...

DAILY GLOBE

NEW ULM -- For a while, the Worthington American Legion baseball team shone in the summer sun.

But a few short hours after that, it wilted in the summer heat.

Buoyed by a hard-fought 8-3 win in a 1 p.m. start against eighth-seeded New Prague Thursday at Mueller Park in New Ulm, Post 5 lost its next game -- a 4 p.m. start against No. 2-seed Jordan -- 12-0 in seven innings (tournament games are scheduled for nine innings) to get eliminated from the Sub-State 2 Tournament.

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All in all, it was a tough day. A really, really hot day.

“They were so tired,” said Post 5 head coach Tim Gaul. “I’m not making excuses because both teams had to play in it. But six hours in that heat is a lot.”

The fifth-seeded Worthingtonians got off to a fast start against New Prague starting pitcher Will Forberg, scoring three times in the second, once in the third and twice in the fourth to assume a 6-0 lead.

Easton Sauerbrei was effective on the pitcher’s mound for seven innings (he walked two batters, hit two and struck out six). Nate Braaksma and Tucker Sorenson pitched an inning apiece to close it out.

Sauerbrei went 2-for-4 at the plate as Worthington banged out nine hits, and Brandon Veen doubled.

Gaul said Sauerbrei’s mound performance set the tone. He worked fast, the defense played well behind him, and the Post 5 players were able to get out of the hot sun and into the dugout quickly to begin taking advantage of the many Gatorade bottles reserved for them.

“We played pretty solid all the way through,” Gaul said.

The second game, however, was very different.

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Jordan opened the game with a walk. Then Post 5 committed an infield error on the first batted ball. A couple of batters later, another error was committed.

Jordan plated two runs in the top of the first, then added seven more in the second on one Worthington error, several walks and four hits.

Worthington committed eight errors in the game.

“Once you get down in a hole like that, it’s kind of hard to focus to keep going,” Gaul admitted.

Christian Medick took the win for Jordan with a four-inning performance. Shawn Hurley pitched the first two innings for Worthington, Nate Russell pitched the next four and Veen pitched the seventh.

Post 5, which opened tournament play with a 3-2 loss to Mankato American on Wednesday, finished its summer season with a 15-13 record.

“We played a lot of tough towns. That’s pretty respectable,” said Coach Gaul. “We had a lot of fun. These are good boys and they were a lot of fun to be around.”

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New Prague 000 000 300 -- 3 6 1

Worthington 031 200 20x -- 8 9 1

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Jordan 270 000 3 -- 12 8 1

Worthington 000 000 0 -- 0 6 8

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