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Legion baseball: Sorenson, Post 5 subdues Luverne, 4-2

BY AARON HAGEN The Globe WORTHINGTON -- Tucker Sorenson just loves playing baseball. "There's no such thing as too much baseball in my opinion," he said. That's why Sorenson came back to play another summer of Legion baseball -- a year after grad...

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Worthington American Legion Post 5 infielder Logan Huisman (black) gets Luverne's Ben Serie out on second and throws to first in an unsuccessful attempt at a double play. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

BY AARON HAGEN

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- Tucker Sorenson just loves playing baseball.

“There’s no such thing as too much baseball in my opinion,” he said.

That’s why Sorenson came back to play another summer of Legion baseball -- a year after graduating from Worthington High School.

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“I made them a promise that I would come play for them again,” Sorenson said. “They wanted me to come play, so I said, you know what, I might as well. I love baseball. As much baseball as I can get, I want to play.”

Sorenson -- who also plays with the Worthington amateur team -- took the hill Tuesday night against Luverne. The hard-throwing lefty earned the victory in a complete-game effort as Post 5 won 4-2.

“My arm has been hurting lately, I haven’t been able to take as many days off as I’d like,” Sorenson said. “Today, I warmed up, I ran and got stretched out. My arm felt great, my arm felt like I was throwing hard. It felt good throwing today. It felt like I was throwing harder than I have in a long time.”

Worthington scored three times in the first and that was enough for Sorenson, who allowed two runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out five.

“That’s a good team out there,” Sorenson said. “They have quite a few good hitters. I made some mistakes, but (High school coach Stacy) Sauerbrei and (Legion coach) Tim (Gaul) make sure we practice our defense. We pride ourselves on our defense.”

Brayden Donkersloot singled in the first before Sorenson walked. Turner Rogers singled to load the bases. Logan Huisman drove in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly and Tyler Linder drove in a run with a double before the inning’s final run scored on a wild pitch, giving Post 5 a 3-0 lead.

“It made it a lot easier for me knowing I had a three-run lead,” Sorenson said. “I had areas I could make a few mistakes on pitches knowing I’m not going to get us in a deficit.”

Worthington’s other run came in the sixth as Austin Svalland walked and scored on a single by Donkersloot, who finished 3-for-4 in the game.

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“With this team, as with any team, your leadoff guy sets the tone,” Worthington coach Tim Gaul said. “Donk has done a super job all year with that. I would actually say this team goes as Donk goes. If he has a few hits, we do well. Not always, there are others guys who have responded. But if Donk goes out there and gets that first one, it just seems we seem to roll.”

Jake Haugen scored both of Luverne’s runs. He doubled in the third and scored on Declan Beers’ single. Haugen singled in the seventh and scored on Ben Serie’s single. Haugen and Beers each had three hits in the game. Jade Smith allowed four runs on seven hits for Luverne.

“That team is very, very good,” Gaul said. “They hit well up and down the lineup. They field well. They pitch well. Obviously they have even more pitchers. We saw just the one tonight, but they have pitching. They have it all, that’s why they went so far in the playoffs.”

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Worthington Legion baseball runner Brayden Donkersloot is thrown out at first as Luverne's Charlie Reisch takes the toss. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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