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Section 2AAA baseball: Trojans' season ends in New Ulm

DAILY GLOBE NEW ULM -- The Worthington Trojans were one win away from advancing to the Final Four of the Section 2AAA baseball tournament on Monday.A familiar nemesis -- Mankato East -- kept them from getting there.The fifth-seeded Cougars, who b...

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NEW ULM - The Worthington Trojans were one win away from advancing to the Final Four of the Section 2AAA baseball tournament on Monday.
A familiar nemesis - Mankato East - kept them from getting there.
The fifth-seeded Cougars, who beat the fourth-seeded Trojans 15-3 Thursday night, beat the Trojans again on Monday at Johnson Park in New Ulm, 7-3, to end their season at 14-10.
Earlier on Monday, Worthington outscored sixth-seeded Waseca 5-2.
“We felt we had a good opportunity to go to the Final Four,” said WHS head coach Stacy Sauerbrei.
But it wasn’t to be. Worthington fell behind the Cougars 6-0 after four innings on Monday, fought back somewhat, but came up short.
The Trojans’ best opportunity came in the top of the sixth inning. Down 7-1, they loaded the bases with nobody out.
New Mankato East pitcher Sam Ahrens gave up an RBI single to Worthington’s Torey Rogers on a fastball, then uncorked a wild pitch to Eli Gaul that brought another run home.
That made the score 7-3, but the Trojans could get no more runs in the inning as Gaul struck out, the next hitter popped out, and the next hitter grounded out.
“You gotta capitolize on opportunities against a good team,” said Sauerbrei later. “We didn’t do that and defensively we didn’t play a clean game.”
Worthington committed five errors in the contest.
Tucker Sorenson took the mound loss after pitching three and two-thirds innings. Of the six runs he allowed, only three were earned.
Easton Sauerbrei pitched the last two and one-third innings.
In the first game Monday against Waseca, Worthington started tentatively with the bats but scored in every inning from the fourth to the seventh to prevail.
Rogers, who had two of Worthington’s six hits in the East game, had two against Waseca.
Hurley started but pitched to only one batter due to a wrist injury. Nate Braaksma went six-plus innings and Sorenson finished.
The Trojans were hoping for more success this year, said coach Sauerbrei. But they fought hard.
“Record-wise, it was not where we envisioned ourselves. But we had some good wins against some quality teams,” he said. “I’m proud of the kids for their effort the whole way through.”
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