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Prep baseball: Trojans rout Blue Earth Area, 12-1

WORTHINGTON -- The general theme running through the Worthington Trojans baseball players after their Monday game with Blue Earth Area was this: "That's Trojan baseball." Three days after suffering their worst day of the season, being outscored b...

 

 

WORTHINGTON -- The general theme running through the Worthington Trojans baseball players after their Monday game with Blue Earth Area was this:

“That’s Trojan baseball.”

Three days after suffering their worst day of the season, being outscored by St. Peter 35-3 in a Friday doubleheader, the Trojans bounced back in fine fashion, downing visiting Blue Earth Area 12-1 in five innings.

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That’s more like it. The win upped Worthington to 2-9 on the season while it dropped BEA to 9-4.

“We needed it. Bad. That’s Trojan baseball right there,” said pitcher Brayden Donkersloot, who hurled a complete game while allowing just three hits on 87 pitches. He struck out five.

It was a cold day, and a breezy day. And that was no problem for Donkersloot, who changed his speeds well to keep Buccaneer hitters off-balance. His curveball was effective throughout.

“The wind actually helped my off-speed a little bit. It slowed it down, made it drop in a little bit better,” said the lean senior righthander.

He allowed a run in the top of the first inning, but Worthington came back to score four runs in the bottom of the first off BEA starter Keagan O’Brien. An eight-run fourth inning turned the game into a rout.

The Trojans had eight hits in the game, and they committed no errors.

“About time something went our way,” said head coach Brian Iverson. “Finally, the tide was turned. That was nice. And zero errors, that was the key. They were ready to play baseball.”

Hits by Austin Svalland, Turner Rogers and Adam Russell, and a pair of Blue Earth errors led to Worthington’s four first-inning runs. Then in the fourth, the gates really opened.

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Donkersloot led off the inning with a solid single, Svalland was hit by a pitch, and Pavelko reached on a bunt as Donkersloot came around to score. An infield error scored another. Will Brandner followed with a long drive off the left-centerfield fence that scored two more.

Kyle Hagedorn relieved O’Brien, but he walked Michael Iverson. Two batters later another run scored on a ground out, Ben Rogers reached on an infield hit (scoring another), and three batters later the bases were loaded for Pavelko, who drilled a two-out single that made the score 12-1.

On the mound, Donkersloot made the pitches when he needed to. BEA loaded the bases with one out in the second inning, but the Trojan hurler slammed the door. He stranded a runner on third base in the third inning with a strikeout. In the fifth inning, he sent the Bucs down 1-2-3 and the final out was made with an outstanding catch by Braaksma in left field.

Donkersloot said the St. Peter losses were a low point.

“It kind of hits you in the face when you get that many runs scored against you,” he said. “We had a talk before the game (today) that we were sick of losing, but sick of losing by multiple runs. We put the bats to it.”

“That’s what I’ve been preaching to ‘em all year long,” added coach Iverson. “Show up to play. We’re capable of playing good ball. This is something we can feed off of and get us going on a positive run. This is proof that they’re not going to bag it, we’re going to go on and have a positive season. This is Trojan baseball.”

Blue Earth Area 100 00 -- 1 3 3

Worthington 400 8x -- 12 8 0

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