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Prep baseball: Worthington's bats come alive

DAILY GLOBE BLUE EARTH -- Worthington caught fire with the sticks Friday and never really cooled off.The Trojans scored in all but one inning as they belted 17 hits with six players cracking more than one individually. That and a strong relief pi...

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BLUE EARTH - Worthington caught fire with the sticks Friday and never really cooled off.
The Trojans scored in all but one inning as they belted 17 hits with six players cracking more than one individually. That and a strong relief pitching performance by Nate Russell helped them to a 17-10 Big South Conference win over Blue Earth Area.
“This was one of the best hitting games we’ve had over the last three years,” WHS head coach Stacy Sauerbrei said. “Blue Earth has a good team.”
Both teams were raking at the plate early when a five-run fourth put the Buccaneers on top 10-9. They were threatening to do even more damage with two outs in the frame when Sauerbrei went to the bullpen for the third time in less than four complete innings.
Russell made sure it was his last trip to the mound.
“He came in the fourth and got us out of it,” Sauerbrei said. “He stopped the bleeding there and he shut them down over the last three innings. He did a good job of getting ahead, throwing his fastball for strikes and hitting the edges with his split-finger fastball.”
Meanwhile, the Trojan offense continued to roll, reclaiming the lead with a four-run fifth before tacking on three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Russell earned the win, allowing no runs and no walks while striking out three over three-and-one-third. He also went 3-for-4 at the plate. Tucker Sorenson, Easton Sauerbrei, Logan Huisman, King Blanchette and Brandon Veen added multiple hits to the offensive outburst.
The Trojans host Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian at 5 p.m. Monday night.
Adrian 9, T-M-B 1
TRACY - Alex Loosbrock struck out eight batters in leading Adrian to a road victory against Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Loosbrock pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits. Jake Stamer finished up, shutting out the Panthers on two hits.
Michael Preuss, Stamer, Logan Rogers and Ryan Wieneke each collected a pair of hits for the Dragons. Preuss doubled and scored four runs. Rogers drove in two runs while Stamer and Wieneke each drove in one.
Cooper Okoh was 2-for-3 for T-M-B.
The win pushes Adrian to 5-1 on the season. Tracy-Milroy-Balaton is 0-4.
R H E
Adrian 130 023 0 - 9 11 0
T-M-B 010 000 0 - 1 5 6
RRC/WWG 8, Lakeview 7
LAMBERTON - Host Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 7-7 tie and win the game. Jacob Otto led off the inning with a double and pinch runner Sam Hansen later scored on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Pederson.
Otto was 2-for-4 in the game and Cole Pankonin, who was also 2-for-4, hit a two-run triple in the third inning.
Skyler Reddemann was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Brakken Bierl, who pitched the first five.
Chris Berg took the loss in relief.
The win came one day after RRC/WWG defeated Heron Lake-Okabena 9-3 in a game where Pankonin went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs. Mitchell Willhite earned a complete game victory, striking out 13 batters.
R H E
Lakevw 022 030 0 - 7 8 6
RRC/W 006 101 x - 8 7 4

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