Sportsbriefs: 10U baseball team going strong
10U baseball team going strong
WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Worthington 10U youth baseball team are learning that one year’s struggles can turn into another year’s excellence.
The Worthington 9 and 10-year-olds struggled at times in 2021, but now the team is thriving. In fact, in a recent tournament in Fairmont the squad qualified for the state tournament July 22-24 in Mankato when it beat New Ulm 4-3 in the championship.
As more than one parent said, beating New Ulm in anything associated with baseball is big news.
“This league is a third- and fourth-grade league,” said one of the Worthington team’s coaches, Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “Last year as mostly third-graders we took our lumps. It’s kind of been fun to watch ‘em, because we feel like we’re actually playing baseball sometimes.”
The team, which fashioned a 24-4 record at the beginning of this week, has even turned a couple of double-plays this season.
It is undecided, at this point, whether the Worthington team will compete in the state tourney. There are 14 kids on the squad, and summer being what summer is, some polling will need to be done to see how many of the kids will be taking vacations late this month.
Regardless, said Hayenga-Hostikka, “Just to see the improvement has been the fun thing.”
Fall is coming
Bored with the summer yet? For local sports fans anxious for fall, here’s a rundown of what’s in store for the start of the Worthington High School seasons:
August 15 is the beginning of Trojans football practice. The first game is on a Thursday, on the road, Sept. 1 at Jordan. The first home game is Sept. 9 against Pipestone Area. Next are games against St. Peter, Marshall, Luverne, Fairmont, Waseca and New Ulm.
The varsity volleyball regular season begins with a match against Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda on Aug. 25 in Fulda. Then on Aug. 27 it’s the Big South Conference Showcase in Marshall.
The cross country teams open Sept. 8 at Tracy, then they’re at Marshall on Sept. 12. On Sept. 15 Worthington hosts a meet at Prairie View.
The WHS girls tennis team opens Aug. 19 against Lac qui Parle Valley at Worthington.
The boys soccer team opens Aug. 25 against Mankato Loyola and the girls soccer team opens on the same day in Worthington against Loyola.