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Prep baseball: Trojans' baseball slide continues

SAINT PETER -- It has been a frustrating baseball spring for the Worthington Trojans, and it didn't get any better on Friday in a road doubleheader against St. Peter.

SAINT PETER -- It has been a frustrating baseball spring for the Worthington Trojans, and it didn’t get any better on Friday in a road doubleheader against St. Peter.

The host Saints swept the Trojans in a pair of five-inning games, 11-0 and 24-3.

The double-dip losses dropped WHS to 1-9 on the season, but head coach Brian Iverson said Friday night that no one has given up.

“They’ve got to believe in themselves and keep working hard,” he said.

In the first game, Worthington fell victim to an outstanding pitcher. St. Peter’s Andy Regner hurled the first four innings and kept the Trojans off the scoreboard throughout. Worthington did have its chances, though, putting runners on first and second base in the first inning and on first and third in the second.

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Worthington had just four hits in the game, all singles.

Michael Iverson started on the mound for WHS, going the first one and one-third innings. Daniel Pavelko and Ben Rogers also saw pitching duty.

In the second game, a nine-run second inning broke the game open for St. Peter. Brayden Donkersloot, Rogers and Adam Russell pitched for the visitors.

Carson Kennedy started for the Saints and was the winning pitcher.

Worthington scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth, aided by a hit batter and a few passed balls. Connor Braaksma rapped a single in the frame, one of just three hits in the game for the Trojans.

Iverson said it has not helped the Trojans this spring that they haven’t been outside to practice as much as they’ve needed to. On the field, there are glimmers of hope, but hope often fades.

“We play a few innings here and there, and then we have a landslide. It’s been that way for several games here,” he said.

WHS is scheduled to play at home Monday against Blue Earth Area.

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First gameWorthington 000 00 -- 0 4 2St. Peter 072 1x -- 11 10 0Second gameSt. Peter 194 37 -- 24 18 0Worthington 000 03 -- 3 3 2

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