Prep baseball: Trojans rally to beat LHS

Aaron HagenDaily Globe WORTHINGTON -- Tucker Sorenson said his slider wasn't working too well Thursday. But the rest of his pitches more than made up for it. The junior on Worthington's baseball team threw a complete game to lead the Trojans to a...

AARON HAGEN/DAILY GLOBE Worthington’s Tyler Linder slides safely into home plate while Jacob Olson of Luverne tries vainly to make the tag in Thursday’s Big South Conference baseball game. Worthington came from behind to win, 10-5.

Aaron Hagen
Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON - Tucker Sorenson said his slider wasn’t working too well Thursday.
But the rest of his pitches more than made up for it.
The junior on Worthington’s baseball team threw a complete game to lead the Trojans to a 10-5 victory over Luverne in a Big South Conference matchup.
“I honestly let the coaches call the pitches and I tried to hit the spots,” Sorenson said. “My slider wasn’t working at all tonight, but all my other pitches came in. I just threw the ball knowing that if they hit the ball, we were going to have defense out there.”
At times, the defense was shaky behind Sorenson. WHS committed eight errors, which led to three unearned runs.
“It gets on your nerves just a little bit, but you have to brush it off,” Sorenson said. “You have to keep your head in the game. If you let your head get out of control, you’re not going to pitch very well. I’ve been told that by multiple coaches. I just try keep my head in the game and I try to brush it off, take a deep breath and say hey, ‘We have to get the next guy.’”
The Cardinals committed four errors as the two teams combined for a total of 12.
“Routine plays were missed today. Throws, on both parts, fielding on both parts,” LHS head coach Mike Wenniger said. “I think our guys have to learn to battle through adversity. We always call it the ball magnet. When you make an error, you want the ball hit back at you. We’re sitting back right now saying ‘Please don’t hit it to me.’ That’s the mentality and it keeps accumulating.”
Sorenson allowed two earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five.
Kaden Ericson suffered the loss in relief of Cole Bosch.
“We find a way to win,” WHS head coach Stacy Sauerbrei said. “In the previous game, we didn’t hit so we pitched really well and had good defense. Today, we don’t play very good defense, but Tucker keeps us in the game and had a really good performance on the mound. We kept plugging away at it at the plate. The ball bounced our way in the end.”
Offensively, the Trojans finished with a total of 10 hits. Seven different players had at least one hit, but Nate Russell finished four for four with three RBIs and two runs scored.
“It was fun,” Russell said. “I’m seeing the ball real well, but there were guys on base ahead of me. I think Easton (Sauerbrei) had one or two hits, (Nathan) Braaksma had a hit or two. With runners in scoring position, you have to bring them around. We stranded runners in scoring position too. It was fun to come up bit. I’m just seeing the ball really good.”
Luverne scored an unearned run in the first after Connor Sandbulte reached on an error and scored on another error. Shawn Hurley walked to lead off the game and later scored on Easton Sauerbrei’s RBI single to tie the score. Luverne added two in the second as Ericson drove in Declan Beers and Bosh walked and scored on an error. Beers then drove in Jaxon Nelson in the third before Russell answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single that brought home Easton Sauerbrei.
LHS added another in the fifth as Nelson reached and scored on Bosch’s single.
Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth, WHS broke the game open.
Sorenson reached on an error to lead off the inning and Braaksma followed with a single. With one out, King Blanchette and Russell had back-to-back RBI singles. Blanchette would later score on an error and Russell and Tyler Linder each scored on Hurley’s single, giving WHS a 7-5 lead.
“After a few guys got on, we started cheering them on and everyone’s confidence went up and they went up there hacking,” Sorenson said. “That’s what we need to start doing in the beginnings of the game instead of the end. It’s starting to get a little nerve-wracking in these games having to come back all the time. It’s just confidence.”
Luverne wouldn’t get anyone past first base in the final two innings.
“After I got the lead it felt a lot easier than to have all the stress trying to make sure they didn’t score,” Sorenson said. “If we had the lead, if I let one guy score, it wasn’t going to make a big difference. After you get a lead, it just feels great.”
Meanwhile, the Trojan bats weren’t done. Sorenson led off the sixth with a single and later scored on a wild pitch. Easton Sauerbrei walked and scored on Russell’s single. Russell was then plated as Torey Rogers got in a designed rundown.
“We were mentally tough,” Sorenson said. “We made a few errors and we didn’t hit the ball as well as I thought we should have. But we stuck it out and we kept our heads in the game and we played pretty well. I’m happy about it. We got a win, that’s all matters.”
The Trojans improve to 10-7 overall and have won six of their last seven games.
“Right in the first five games everything started out slow, pitching and our hitting wasn’t there yet,” Russell said. :The hitting came around and we started scoring a lot of runs, but the pitching still wasn’t there. Then the pitching came around this last weekend and in Marshall and we got a couple big wins. Now it seemed to all come together.”
WHS hosts Redwood Valley today.
“We have to keep our heads and not think that every game is going to be like this and we’re going to come back,” Sorenson said. “We have to try to get one everyone early. We have to keep our confidence up and not get down, even with errors like tonight.”
Luverne 121 010 0 - 5 5 4
WHS 101 053 x - 10 10 8

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