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.
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.
Worthington 000 00 -- 0 3 1
Mankato West 110 08 -- 10 7 2