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Toros win in UPSL Premier Division home debut

Playing in their home opener Thursday night in their inaugural season, the Worthington Community Football Club Toros posted a 5-2 UPSL Premier Division victory over Austin Villa.


The Toros, now 1-2-1, got first-half goals from Christopher Cerda, Salvador Nava and Prince Lebbi Jr. to lead 3-0 at the half. Miguel “Pato” Moreno and Lebbi scored in the second half to put things away.


The WCFC’s UPSL First Division team – frequently referred to as Los Dos – will play its home opener at 4 p.m. Saturday at Trojan Field. The Toros will also play at home Saturday -- at 7 p.m. against the St. Paul Blackhawks.


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The Worthington Trojans got their first baseball victory of the spring Thursday night, as they got three first-inning runs and went to edge Adrian-Ellsworth 3-1.


Tucker Brandner led off the bottom of the first with a single for WHS and Mathias Noble promptly brought him home with a triple. Cooper McCoy’s sacrifice fly made it a 2-0 game. Later in the inning, Mason Schutz was hit by a pitch, stole second and then scored on an RBI base hit from Chase Byrne.


Meanwhile, senior Tristan Sauerbrei was in command on the mound for the Trojans, as he threw a complete game and allowed just two hits while walking four and striking out eight. WHS collected six hits as a team; Brandner had two of them.


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In girls softball action, Worthington went up against a tough pitcher in Addie Bowers and was blanked 10-0 in six innings at St. James.


Bowers, who has committed to play softball at North Dakota State University this coming fall, dominated in allowing just one hit, walking none and striking out 15 Trojan hitters. Bowers also hit a home run at the plate for St. James, which had eight hits in the game.


Maddie Petersen had the only for the Trojans. Eight of the runs allowed by Worthington pitcher Bailey Ponto were unearned as the Trojans committed seven errors. The game was the last of the regular season for WHS, which will next play Thursday in the opening round of sectionals at Caswell Park in North Mankato.


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The Worthington Cubs amateur baseball team traveled to Pipestone Wednesday night and came away with a 10-8 win over the A's to advance 2-0 on the year. The Cubs picked up just one win all of last season.


Jake Brandner connected for a triple, single and five RBIs for Worthington, while Jake Stamer provided excellent relief pitching by allowing just one run and striking out 12 over six and one third innings.


The Cubs are back at the Worthington Middle School field tonight for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Milroy Irish.


Elsewhere in area amateur baseball Wednesday, the Lakefield Horned Frogs moved to 1-1 on the season with a 4-3 road triumph over the Windom Pirates. The host Luverne Redbirds improved to 2-0 by beating the Jackson Bulls 10-2.



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