The amateur baseball season got underway Sunday across southwest Minnesota. Locally, it was the Worthington Cubs – who won just once last season -- posting a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Hadley Buttermakers at the Worthington Middle School field. Jake Brandner was a standout for the Cubs, as he pitched six scoreless innings while also swatting a home run. The team’s next game will be at 2 p.m. on May 14, when it hosts Hadley.
In other amateur baseball action Sunday, Seth Busch’s two-run triple put the Jackson Bulls ahead to stay as they went to beat the host Heron Lake Lakers 11-5. The Windom Pirates were defeated 2-1 in Milroy in extra innings. A Noah Kloss RBI tied the game of the ninth, but a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 13th won it. The Luverne Redbirds’ offense exploded for 20 hits as they routed Mountain Lake 25-1.
The Worthington Trojans girls golf team placed second Monday in a four-team meet in Redwood Falls. The host Cardinals won the meet with a team score of 345, while the Trojans came in at 382.
Lilly Mahlberg’s round of 90 for Worthington was good enough to tie for third place overall. Also competing for the Trojans were: Claire Mahlberg and Ellie Weg, both at 97; Madison Beckmann, 98; Mia Nixon, 101; and Tarren Spartz, 108.
In boys golf, the Trojans came in fourth out of six teams in a meet in Marshall. Luverne won the event with a score of 303; WHS had a team total of 334.
Topping the Trojans individually was Logan Powers with an 80. Tyler Jaycox and Spenser Braaksma each had 84s, Andrew Mulder an 86, Spenser Nickel a 92 and Waylon Crooks a 116.