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Red-hot Trojans softball team dominant against Fairmont

The Worthington High School fast-pitch softball team is getting noticed, and Thursday’s 7-0 victory over Fairmont should get the Trojans noticed just a little bit more.

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Worthington Trojans batter Stephie Bauman watches as teammate Sophie Wietzema (22) slides in safe as Fairmont Cardinals pitcher Allison Janssen (12) moves up to cover home base Thursday afternoon 04 29 21.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington High School fast-pitch softball team is getting noticed, and Thursday’s 7-0 victory over Fairmont should get the Trojans noticed just a little bit more.

The Trojans, who are now receiving votes in the state Class AAA poll, held the Cardinals hitless at Centennial Field. Ace pitcher Haley Grimmius threw her second no-hitter of the season (both of them were against Fairmont) and struck out 15 batters.

“I don’t think Fairmont wants to see her again,” said WHS head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka.

Worthington (5-2) has used Grimmius’ pitching, plus solid hitting and consistent defense to win five straight games after dropping a season-opening twinbill to St. Peter when several team members were missing due to quarantining. Besides no-hitting the Cardinals, Grimmius -- the Trojans’ leadoff hitter -- collected two of Worthington’s seven hits on Thursday, and teammate Lauren Nelson also had two hits.

Hayenga-Hostikka doesn’t want her team to get too enamored with polls. But she said on Thursday that the squad is very deserving of attention.

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“I’m proud of these girls. I think that’s a pretty cool thing for Trojan softball. I told all of these girls that they should be proud of that. But doesn’t really mean much; that’s just something on paper.”

On Thursday, the Trojans performed quite well on the field, too.

The offense started right away with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Grimmius led off with a double, then with one out a well-hit fly ball to right-center field by catcher Sophie Wietzema was dropped, allowing Grimmius to score. Wietzema later scored with two out on a wild pitch.

In the fourth, Worthington got another run after Nelson singled with one out and scored on a two-out line drive triple by Presley Sieve that landed past first base on the chalk line and scooted deep near the right field fence.

The Trojans broke things open in the fifth with three more runs. A single by Grimmius and a two-out single by Olivia Hayenga put runners on first and third. A line drive to center field by Wietzema was dropped, allowing Grimmius to score. Nelson then hit a hard two-run single between first and second base to plate the fifth and sixth runs.

Allison Janssen started on the pitcher’s rubber for Fairmont and hurled four and two-thirds innings. In Grimmius’ route-going performance, the Trojans played errorless ball in the field. Hayenga made a big play at shortstop in the fourth inning, reaching up to snag a scorching line drive out of the air.

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Fairmont 000 000 0 -- 0 0 3

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Worthington 200 131 x -- 7 7 0

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Worthington Trojans batter Presley Sieve sprints for first after hitting a pop fly ball in a game with Fairmont Cardinals Thursday afternoon 04 29 21.(Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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