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Worthington advances to final four of Junior Legion tourney

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Worthington Junior Legion baseball pitcher Michael Iverson grimaces while throwing a pitch to Hutchinson Monday night. (Doug Wolter/The Globe)

MARSHALL -- The Worthington Junior Legion baseball team got back on track Friday night.

With a 13-7 victory over Alexandria Red, Worthington is now one of the final four teams remaining in the sub-state tournament.

“We had double figures in hits, no errors, ran the bases really well and moved guys around,” Worthington coach TD Hostikka said. “We took advantage of some things they did and just played well.”

Worthington plays again at 2:30 p.m. today against the winner of the game between Alexandria Black and Hutchinson. The winner of that game will play again today, with the tournament concluding on Sunday.

Against Alex Red, Nathan VanOrman earned the victory on the hill. He threw the first six innings, allowed six runs on eight hits and struck out two. Isaiah Noble threw the final inning and struck out one. Because of pitch-count rules, VanOrman is done for the tournament. However, Hostikka is confident of the staff he has available.

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“I feel fortunate with us because we have some strengths,” Hostikka said.

Worthington did not commit an error in the field. Offensively, it finished with 11 hits, and had a key nine-run second inning to break the game open.

“When we do that and put pressure on them with other things, anything can happen,” Hostikka said.

Michael Iverson led the Worthington offensive attack. He was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. VanOrman helped his own cause with a pair of hits -- including a double -- and an RBI. Danny Pavelko had two hits, drew two walks, stole two bases and scored two runs. Tommy Lais drove in two runs for Worthington.

Worthington 190 200 1 -- 13 11 0

Alexandria Red 030 300 1 -- 7 9 5

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