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Legion baseball: Post 5 to open against Mankato American

MANKATO -- A pair of Mankato teams make up half the bracket in Worthington's side of the 2018 American Legion sub-state baseball tournament which begins tonight (July 25) in Mankato.

MANKATO -- A pair of Mankato teams make up half the bracket in Worthington’s side of the 2018 American Legion sub-state baseball tournament which begins tonight (July 25) in Mankato.

One of those teams, Mankato National, is loaded with elite talent. The other, Mankato American, is also dangerous but maybe not quite as dangerous as the other.

Worthington Post 5 opens tonight against the American squad. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Mankato East High School.

Last Tuesday, Post 5 edged Mankato American 5-4 in a game where starting pitcher Logan Huisman hurled a solid game. Huisman, who will miss the remainder of the sub-state tournament due to a prior commitment, is expected to start again tonight.

Worthington head coach Tim Gaul is optimistic for the tournament. The pitching has been good, he said, the defense is OK. The hitting needs to improve a bit, but he judges Post 5 as a team that matches up well with all but at least one of the tournament squads.

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Even the Nationals, a team Gaul describes as a collection of “super seniors,” is beatable, according to the Worthington skipper.

“If we could somehow take out the Nationals, I don’t know why we can’t win the whole thing,” he said.

All first-round tournament games are scheduled to take place today. It is a double-elimination affair.

At 5 p.m., Jordan competes with Sleepy Eye at Mankato East. Also at 5 p.m., New Ulm Gold takes on Faribault at Franklin Rogers Park. The other 7:30 game has Mankato National squaring off against Fairmont.

Day Two competition is set for Thursday. If Worthington wins its opener on Wednesday, it plays again at 1 p.m. at Franklin Rogers Park. A first-game loss means a 2 p.m. game at East. More games are scheduled Thursday at 4, 5 and 7 p.m.

The tournament continues on Friday, with the championship set for Saturday at noon at Franklin Rogers Park.

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