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Worthington's Junior Legion season ends at 19-12

The Worthington Junior Legion baseball team was beaten 9-4 by Alexandria Black on Saturday in sub-state play.

MARSHALL -- It was a tight game for six innings, but a four-run seventh allowed the Alexandria Black Junior Legion baseball team to top Worthington 9-4 Saturday in a sub-state showdown.

The loss finished Worthington’s season at 19-12.

Jake Brandner started on the pitcher’s mound for Worthington and Michael Iverson came on in relief in the third inning, taking the loss. Nathan VanOrman had the hot bat for Worthington with two hits, including a double, while driving in two runs and also scoring a run.

The Worthington players collected just five hits in the game, played in Marshall.

“I sat down with them and told them I was proud. My job in the summer is to teach you the game more. My job is to teach you to be a better varsity player,” said head coach TD Hostikka, who also reminded the pitchers that their best pitch is not a fastball or a curve ball -- it’s a strike.

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Worthington won 19 games in the summer, which by itself indicates talent. There were offensive lulls in the summer season, including a three-week stretch where the team averaged just five hits a game. But several players made outstanding improvements during the year, Hostikka said.

Saturday’s loss came after a 13-7 Friday victory over Alexandria Red, in an 11-hit effort. A 9-run second inning was all the offense Worthington needed.

Iverson was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. VanOrman had two hits, including a double, and an RBI. Danny Pavelko had two hits, walked twice, stole two bases and scored twice. And Tommy Lais drove in two runs.

Alexandria Black 020 102 4 -- 9 13 1

Worthington 010 030 0 -- 4 5 4

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