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A tournament baseball odyssey is about to begin for the Worthington High School Trojans. It’s a new start, the beginning of the Section 2AAA tournament.

Late May is a whirlwind of activity for high school student-athletes. Another school year comes to an end. There are graduations and graduation parties. And sports seasons, for the select few, continue. For the majority, however, they end.

Now it’s June, and the fortunate baseball and softball players play on. The biggest meets of the spring season continue, too, for track and field and for boys tennis and golf. Exciting times, indeed.

For the Worthington Trojans baseball team, the new start arrives at just the right time. WHS has played an up and down regular season baseball schedule, and the team is due for an “up” moment. It won’t be easy to make it happen, however.

Worthington is the No. 8 seed in the eight-team Section 2AAA tourney. The Trojans will play a first-round game on Wednesday (June 1) against the No. 1 seed, Mankato West, at 5 p.m. on the campus of Minnesota State University in Mankato.


Other first-round games have New Prague (seeded fourth) playing Jordan (5) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Stadium, Mankato East (2) playing St. Peter (7) at 5 p.m. at Mankato East’s Wolverton Field, and Marshall (3) taking on Albert Lea (6) at Marshall Legion Field at 7 p.m.

Action continues June 4, and the semifinals -- the winner who will advance to the championship round on June 9 -- is June 7 at Johnson Park in New Ulm.

Meanwhile, baseball sections 3A and 3AA continued on Tuesday with elimination bracket games. Dawson-Boyd, Yellow Medicine East, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove played elimination bracket contests in Section 3A, and in Section 3AA Minnewaska Area, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Luverne and Windom Area played elimination bracket games. One team from both elimination brackets advance to the championship round.

In Section 3A on Tuesday, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton was scheduled to play Lac qui Parle Valley in the winner’s bracket at 7 p.m. in Milroy while in the other semifinal it was MACCRAY taking on Murray County Central at 5 p.m., also in Milroy. The winners face off at noon June 4 for the right to advance to the championship round June 9.

In Section 3AA on Tuesday, Fairmont played Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta at 7 p.m. at Legion Field in Marshall in the winner’s bracket, and the other semifinal pitted Paynesville against Redwood Valley at 5 p.m. at Legion Field.

The winners square up on June 4 at noon at Legion Field for the right to advance to the championship round June 9 (results will be online at ).


They’re getting closer to determining state tournament girls fast-pitch softball combatants in sections 3A and 3AA. In 3A, Edgerton/Southwest Christian -- the top-seeded team from the south half of the section -- has already earned a bid in the championship round. On Tuesday, the Flying Dutchmen awaited a result from the elimination bracket to see who they would face on Thursday. That game will be at 4 p.m. at the Marshall Softball Complex. If E/SWC should lose, it’ll need to play another game for a state tournament berth at 6 p.m.


In Section 3AA, Pipestone Area is already into the championship round and will play the winner of the elimination bracket at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Marshall Softball Complex. If needed, a second game will be played at 7 p.m.

The Arrows pushed arch-rival Luverne into the elimination bracket on Saturday, winning by a score of 7-6. Early in the regular season, the Cardinals beat PA twice in a doubleheader.

Before their tournament showdown with Pipestone Area, the Cardinals went nine innings to edge Dassel-Cokato 1-0.

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Golf and track and field get warmed up on today (Wednesday).

Last week, the first day of a two-day Section 3A golf tournament was rained out in Worthington. So today, they try again with the expectation that they’ll play Day Two on Friday. The boys will tee off today beginning at 9 a.m., and the girls tee off at 12:45 p.m.

The Worthington boys and girls golfers plan for Day Two of their Section 3AA meet today at Oakdale Golf Club. The first day of the girls competition had been scheduled for Tuesday, May 31, at Oakdale.

The Trojans’ Tyler Jaycox advanced last week to the second day of the competition.


Also today, Worthington High School track and field athletes congregate in Waconia for Day One of the Section 2AA meet. Both boys and girls are involved. Action begins at 3:30 p.m.

Day Two is Friday, also in Waconia.

The hits just keep coming on Thursday. Section 3A track and field teams meet up in Pipestone to determine state meet qualifiers. And, of course, more softball and baseball games are on tap.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at
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