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VFW baseball: Dog days of summer arrive for Worthington

DAILY GLOBE WORTHINGTON -- The dog days of summer are starting early for the Worthington VFW baseball team.Post 3958 surrendered 8-3 to visiting Luverne in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday night, then dropped the next one 15-0 in three i...

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TIM MIDDAGH/DAILY GLOBE Luverne VFW’s Derek Lundgren makes the out at third base Thursday night as Worthington’s Tyler Linder arrives late.

DAILY GLOBE

WORTHINGTON - The dog days of summer are starting early for the Worthington VFW baseball team.
Post 3958 surrendered 8-3 to visiting Luverne in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday night, then dropped the next one 15-0 in three innings.
Worthington’s record still looks presentable at 7-6, but the team is going in the wrong direction, said coach TD Hostikka.
“Our pitchers are not throwing strikes. But the hitters are not going up with a purpose, which is putting pressure on the pitchers,” Hostikka said.
Worthington used three pitchers in the second game, but Luverne took advantage of every opportunity. The visitors only had six hits for their 15 runs. They scored eight runs in the first inning on just one hit.
Declan Beers was the winning pitcher in Game One and Turner Rogers, who went four and a third, took the loss.
Beers was 4-for-5 at the plate. Tyler Reisdorfer and Charlie Reisch each had two hits for Luverne.
Ethan Pavelko doubled for Worthington and teammate Tyler Linder had two hits.
Jake Haugen went all three innings for Luverne in the second game. Beers was 2-for-3 and Derek Lundgren was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Rogers rapped a double for Post 3958.
R H E
Luverne 000 043 1 - 8 7 1
Worthington 000 002 1 - 3 6 3
R H E
Luverne 825 - 15 6 1
Worthington 000 - 0 3 2

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