Prep baseball: Worthington wins opener over Adrian; Windom Area improves to 2-0

ADRIAN -- Worthington took advantage of the extra outs Adrian gave it.The Trojans scored four unearned runs in the top of the third inning on their way to an 8-4 nonconference victory to open the season.Tyler Linder and Logan Huisman both reached...

ADRIAN - Worthington took advantage of the extra outs Adrian gave it.
The Trojans scored four unearned runs in the top of the third inning on their way to an 8-4 nonconference victory to open the season.
Tyler Linder and Logan Huisman both reached on errors to open the inning before Shawn Hurley cracked a two-run single to give Worthington its first two runs of the season. He later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Nathan Braaksma. Tucker Sorerson walked and eventually made it 4-0 on a basehit by Easton Sauerbrei.
“We got hits in some key spots,” Trojans coach Stacy Sauerbrei said.
Adrian got one back when Michael Preuss doubled and scored on a Logan Rogers fielder’s choice. But Braaksma extended the visitors’ advantage to 6-1 with a two-run double in the fourth.
Alex Loosbrock, Zach Hendel and Ryan Wieneke all scored without the benefit of a hit in the fourth. That set the score at 6-4, but single runs for WHS in the next two innings brought the game to its final.
“Adrian’s a good team,” coach Sauerbrei said. “To beat them is a good way to start the season.”
Braaksma allowed no runs over two innings to get the win for the Trojans. Jed Jewett, Sauerbrei, Hurley and Huisman also got looks on the hill. Hurley and Sorenson both went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Loosbrock was stuck with the loss for the Dragons. He surrendered four unearned runs in two innings of work. Mitchell Wagner, Preuss and Jake Stamer also pitched for the home team. Rogers led them at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a double.
“Both teams pitched a lot of guys so we were able to get some good work in,” coach Sauerbrei said. “We were basically able to work in our whole lineup.”
WHS 004 211 0 - 8 8 2
AHS 001 300 0 - 4 4 2

Windom 13, LCWM 3 (6 inn)
LAKE CRYSTAL - Ten early runs were plenty for Windom Area Monday.
The Eagles hung a 6-spot in the first inning and eventually led Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 10-0 heading into the bottom of the third. They eventually improved to 2-0 with a 13-3, run-rule victory.
Windom Area cracked 16 total hits in the contest while pitchers Dalton Bristow, Austin Haken and Luke Gilbertson combined to allow only three. The Eagles’ 3-through-8 hitters combined to go 14-for-19 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, 12 RBIs and 11 runs scored.
Zach Steen went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs while Devin Homer was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs. Sam Huska finished 2-for-2 with a home run, an RBI and four runs scored. Devin Nielsen was 2-for-3 with a triple, two batted in and one score while Matt Theesfeld finished with two hits and two runs. Adam Farag added a 2-for-4 showing that included three batted in and two scored.
Gilbertson struck out one and didn’t give up a hit in two innings to pick up the pitching win.
The Eagles (2-0 overall) travel to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch tonight.
Windom 631 030 - 13 16 0
LCWM 003 000 - 3 3 0

Minneota 13, HL-O 1
MINNEOTA - Heron Lake-Okabena saw Minneota put up nine runs in the bottom of the third inning Monday and was never able to recover.
The Wildcats dropped a 13-1, five-inning contest to open the season. They scored their run in the top of the fourth when Marcelo Esqueda sent Ethan Becker home with a sacrifice fly.
Austin Hietbrink and Andrew Madsen added hits for HL-O. Becker went two innings on the hill and took the loss.
The Wildcats will try to get back on track at 4:30 p.m. tonight when they travel to Mountain Lake Area.

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Thursday night high school sports roundup:
The Worthington Trojans girls’ and boy’s hockey teams both played home games on Thursday night. The girls’ team celebrated Senior Night and played the non-conference Austin Packers. Austin beat Worthington 6-1.
Trailing at halftime, the Worthington High School girls basketball team outscored Albert Lea 49-27 in the second half Thursday night in Worthington
The Minnesota West men's basketball team was defeated by conference opponent Rochester Wednesday night. Bie Ruei had a big night with 26 points and four assists.