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Section 2AAA baseball: Trojans split on first day

DAILY GLOBE NEW ULM -- For much of the spring baseball season, it's been hard to get a good handle on the Worthington High School baseball team.On Thursday, it was like that.The Trojans started strong in the first round of the Section 2AAA First ...

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NEW ULM - For much of the spring baseball season, it’s been hard to get a good handle on the Worthington High School baseball team.
On Thursday, it was like that.
The Trojans started strong in the first round of the Section 2AAA First Four bracket, beating Faribault 3-1. But in their second game at New Ulm, they surrendered an 11-run third inning against Mankato East and lost 15-3 in five innings.
Worthington, seeded fourth in the tourney, will advance to Saturday action, where they will contend in a noon game against Waseca. The Trojans will need to win twice to make it to Monday, where a win will place them in the Final Four portion of the tournament.
Lefty Tucker Sorenson went the distance against Faribault for the mound win. He started shakily, walking four batters in the first inning. But head coach Stacy Sauerbrei’s trust in him paid off as Sorenson finished with a three-hitter and didn’t give up a run in innings two through seven. He walked only one batter the rest of the way and struck out five overall.
Colton Helgeson took the loss for Faribault.
Easton Sauerbrei had two of Worthington’s hits, scoring twice and driving in a run.
As well as the first game went for WHS, the second game went sour. Worthington used four different pitchers in the third inning.
Sauerbrei started the game on the mound. He was pulled after two innings.
Luke Makovsky was the winning pitcher for East, the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
Worthington committed five errors in the game, though coach Sauerbrei noted they were physical errors - not mental.
“Even though we had a lousy third inning, we came back in the fourth and the fifth and we didn’t give up. That’s the way the guys play,” coach Sauerbrei said.
Torey Rogers belted a triple for Worthington and Sauerbrei rapped a double. Worthington had just five hits in all.
The Trojans are 13-9 on the season. Through much of the early part of the spring campaign, inconsistency plagued the team and a lack of focus led to some uneven efforts. But coach Sauerbrei knows that the Trojans have bounced back nicely from disappointing setbacks several times in 2016.
“More than not, we’ve been playing good ball lately,” said the coach. “Now, it’s one and done. We have to fight our way out of it.”
R H E
Faribault 100 000 0 - 1 3 2
Worthington 011 001 x - 3 8 1
R H E
MEast 13(11) 00 - 15 10 0
Worthington 02 1 00 - 3 5 5

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