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Prep softball: Worthington splits with tough New Ulm team

FAIRMONT — Worthington scored a pair of go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fifth inning of Game 2 of their doubleheader against New Ulm on Tuesday, and the Trojans held off the Eagles the rest of the way, 3-1, to earn of their twinbill on a neutral Fairmont field.

Payton Sauerbrei made contact for the Trojans in the fifth and used her speed to reach base on a play that scored both Brittin Fauskee and Haley Cauwels. From there, WHS used the strong pitching of Haley Grimmius to keep New Ulnm at bay.

Grimmius threw all seven innings and gave up five hits, one walk and one unearned run; she struck out six.

“She (Grimmius) pitched and we played great defense behind her,” WHS head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. “New UIm is a Big South champion, so to knock them off is pretty huge for us.”

The Trojans improved their record to 10-6 with their second-game win.

In Game 1, WHS managed just three hits — two of them off the bat of Fauskee — and committed six errors in an 8-2 loss.

“The big story there was the errors,” Hayenga-Hostikka admitted. “They only had two earned runs, so we had a couple of plays we didn’t make and it just ballooned on us.”

First gameWHS    110 000 0 — 2 3 6New Ulm 204 020 x — 8 9 1Second gameNew Ulm 000 001 0  — 1 5 1Worthington 100 0 20 x — 3 3 2