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Mankato West beats WHS in section baseball opener

The top-seeded Mankato West high school baseball team defeated Worthington 10-0 Wednesday night in the first round of the Section 2AAA tournament.

MANKATO -- The top-seeded Mankato West high school baseball team defeated Worthington 10-0 in five innings Wednesday night in the first round of the Section 2AAA tournament.

In a matchup of No. 1 and No. 8 in the eight-team section tournament field, Mankato West scored eight runs in the fifth inning en route to its victory. Pitcher Tanner Shumski fired a three-hitter at the Trojans and struck out eight.

Isaiah Noble, Kent Lais and Damon Schutz had Worthington’s three hits, all singles. Nathan Van Orman pitched four and one-third innings and Schutz finished up.

Max Goertzen had two of the Scarlets’ six hits.

“They definitely had the pitching to be the No. 1 team,” said WHS head coach Skyler Wenninger of the Scarlets, who are not only No. 1 in the section but ranked No. 1 in state Class AAA.

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In other first-round games on Wednesday, No. 2 New Ulm beat No. 7 St. Peter 8-0, No. 4 Mankato East dispatched Hutchinson 10-9 and No. 3 Marshall topped No. 6 Waconia 11-3.

On Saturday in the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tourney, Worthington will play Hutchinson at 1:30 p.m. in New Ulm. Worthington will take an 8-11 record into the game. Hutchinson is 11-10.

The winner will play again at 4 p.m. in New Ulm.

In another consolation bracket game on Saturday, St. Peter plays Waconia, also at 1:30 p.m. in New Ulm. In Saturday winner’s bracket games, Mankato West plays Mankato East at 11 a.m. in New Ulm, and New Ulm plays Marshall at 11 a.m. in New Ulm.

R-H-E

Worthington 000 00 -- 0 3 1

Mankato West 110 08 -- 10 7 2

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