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Legion baseball: Post 5 is sharp in 3-1 win over New Ulm Gold

MANKATO -- That's more like it. After losing their American Legion Sub-State 2 first-round tournament game 10-1 on Wednesday, the Worthington Post 5 players hit on all cylinders Thursday afternoon in a 3-1 triumph over New Ulm Gold at Franklin Ro...

MANKATO -- That's more like it.

After losing their American Legion Sub-State 2 first-round tournament game 10-1 on Wednesday, the Worthington Post 5 players hit on all cylinders Thursday afternoon in a 3-1 triumph over New Ulm Gold at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.

Strong pitching, timely hitting and exceptional defense was the order of the day at the home of the Mankato Moondogs. Starting pitcher Tucker Sorenson fired a 3-hitter, walking nobody and striking out nine batters -- including two of them in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tyler Linder stroked a ringing line drive two-out RBI single in the first inning. Another run scored in the second, started by a leadoff single by Karter Honius. After a leadoff double by Eric Heidebrink in the third, Honius belted a two-out line drive single to bring home the third run.

Leading 3-0 after three, Sorenson mowed down New Ulm hitters with regularity throughout the contest. New Ulm didn't collect its first hit until the fifth inning, and its only run -- scored in the bottom of the sixth -- was unearned.

Meanwhile, outstanding defensive plays by Brayden Donkersloot at shortstop, Linder at first base, and Mason Ellenbecker in center field backed up Sorenson's solid pitching. Donkersloot, in the second inning, made an athletic move to pick up a deflection off Sorenson's glove and threw an off-balance strike to first to nip a Gold baserunner by an eyelash. Linder, in the fourth, went airborne to snare a line drive. And in the same inning, with a New Ulm runner at second base, Ellenbecker sprinted toward the fence, covering a lot of ground, to rob another Gold runner of a hit.

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The victory moved Worthington to 15-8 on the season. The team continues in tournament play on Friday (July 27) in a 4:30 p.m. game, again at Franklin Rogers Park.

Worthington 110 000 0 -- 3 5 2

New Ulm Gold 000 001 0 -- 1 3 1

 

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