Worthington High School was eliminated Thursday night from the Section 2AAA softball tournament following a pair of losses.
In the second Trojans game, seventh-seeded WHS went back and forth with St. Peter before a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh gave Saints a 6-5 win.
The Trojans grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a Haley Grimmius home run over the left-field fence. That edge held until the bottom of the fourth, when St. Peter’s Makayla Molime delivered a bases-loaded bloop double that made it a 3-1 game. The Trojans then clawed right back, getting three runs of their own in the fifth to regain the lead. Olivia Hayenga had an RBI single in the inning, and Marin Pederson’s two-run single put Worthington back out in front.
St. Peter got single runs in the fifth and sixth to move back ahead, but an RBI double by Maddie Pederson tied things up for the Trojans and set the stage for the final Saints rally.
Hannah McNab had a pair of singles and a double in game two for Worthington, which collected eight hits in all. After her first-inning homer, Griummus was intentionally walked three consecutive times.
In game one, Grimmius – who pitched the entirety of both games – got the lone WHS hit as the Trojans fell to second seed Mankato West 8-0. The Scarlets got a two-run homer from Breck Carlson and a solo blast from Lydia Banse. The Trojans end their year with an 11-11 record.
The Worthington Trojans boys golf team competed in opening-round play in the section meet at Oakdale Golf Club, and WHS ended up 14th of 16 teams in the meet with a team total of 366 strokes. New London Spicer was first at 311 and was followed by Minnewaska at 317, Marshall at 322, Luverne at 325 and Windom at 328. Those top five teams, as well as the top 14 individual scorers, all advance to day two of sectionals.
For Worthington, Tyler Jaycox shot an 86, which was good enough to advance to day two. Also competing for the Trojans were Andrew Mulder and Spenser Braaksma, who each had rounds of 92, and Spenser Nickel, who carded a 96.
Charlie Hanson of Morris Area and Peyton Coahran of New London Spicer tied for low round at 75. The second day of the meet is on Wednesday.