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Trojans keep close, but Marshall explodes late for win

The Worthington Trojans got within a run of the Marshall Tigers in the sixth inning, but visiting Marshall scored 11 times in the top of the seventh to defeat WHS 20-8 Tuesday at the Worthington Middle School Field.


The Tigers got off to a quick 5-0 start in the top of the first, but the Trojans responded strongly with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Triston Sauerbrei’s triple to right-center field was a key hit, and Brandon Bosma contributed a run-scoring single.


The Tigers made it a 6-3 game in the third, but the Trojans answered right away when Mathias Noble singled and subsequently came around to score. Marshall added two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth, at which point it had a 9-5 advantage. Worthington, though, again fought back. Cade Grimmius singled and Mason Schutz doubled to make it 9-6, and a sacrifice bunt from Tucker Brandner made it 9-7. An RBI groundout from Noble put the Trojans down just one heading into the final inning.


Marshall, however, scored 11 runs on eight hits – three of them triples – in the seventh in dropping WHS to 0-9 on the season. Grimmius had a double and single for the Trojans and Bosma had two singles as Worthington had seven hits in all.


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In boys tennis Tuesday, visiting Redwood Valley edged Worthington 4-3. Winning matches for the Trojans were No. 1 singles player Ian Barber, who was triumphant by scored of 6-4 6-1; the No. 2 doubles tandem of Lance Gordon and Kaw Blay, who won 6-2 6-4; and the No. 3 doubles pair of Oziel Briones and Caleb Barber, who earned a 6-2 6-1 victory.


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The Worthington girls golf team topped Adrian-Ellsworth Tuesday in a meet at GreatLIFE Worthington. The Trojans compiled a team score of plus-28 compared to the Dragons’ plus-54.


Leading WHS were Lilly Mahlberg at one over par, Tarren Spartz at five over and Ellie Weg and Mia Nixon both at 11 over.


The Worthington boys, meanwhile, were defeated by Adrian-Ellsworth 174-180. Tyler Jaycox had the lowest round of the afternoon for the Trojans with a 39. Also posting scoring rounds for WHS were Andrew Mulder at 40, Spenser Nickel at 49 and Spenser Braaksma at 52.


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The Minnesota West Lady Jays softball team split a doubleheader Tuesday at Riverland.


The Lady Jays scored all their of their first-game runs in the sixth to earn a 3-2 win. Kierra Danialson’s two-run double was the key hit in the inning for Minnesota West; that came after a Julia Schmoker double. Makenzie Allen contributed three hits in the win and Haille Moran had a pair of hits.


Schmoker pitched all seven innings for the Lady Jays in the victory, striking out nine and walking none.


In the second game, Riverland scored five times in the first inning and went on to post a 9-3 triumph. Danialson again topped the Lady Jays offensively with a pair of hits, two RBIs and a run scored.


Minnesota West plays a doubleheader Wednesday at Ridgewater.





In Major League Baseball Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox edged the Minnesota Twins 3-2 in 10 innings.

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