MILROY — Three Willmar errors in the seventh inning allowed Milroy to break a tie and win the Cornbelt League opener for both squads Sunday afternoon, 4-2.
The Rails (0-1, 0-2) scored twice in the third inning when errors from Milroy’s catcher and shortstop allowed Jason Gunvalson and Lane Kleist to come home. But the Rails were shut out the remainder of the game as they collected only two hits over the last six innings.
Willmar pitcher/manager Darin Ditterich kept Milroy off balanced to keep his team in the game. The left-hander limited the Yankees (1-0, 2-0) to seven hits — all singles — and issued just one walk while working into the seventh.
Jesse Drager got the last hit off Ditterich, but it was the most damaging as his two-out single drove in two runs to put Milroy up 4-2.
Nathan Deutz earned a four-inning win in relief after giving up just two hits, singles to Josh Oestreich in the sixth and Andrew Bangen in the seventh. Yankees starter Austin Deutz struck out nine and allowed only one hit, Tyler Brouwer’s single in the third.
Four straight hits in the fifth allowed Milroy to tie the game at 2-2.
The Rails are at Brownton on Wednesday for a non-league before playing at Sacred Heart on Friday and hosting unbeaten Raymond next Sunday for two more league games.
Milroy 4, Willmar 2
Willmar 002 000 000 — 2 3 4
Milroy 000 020 20x — 4 7 2
HITTING – Willmar: Tyler Brouwer 1-4, Josh Oestreich 1-4, Andrew Bangen 1-4 … Milroy: Jesse Drager 1-4 2-rbi, Eric Dolan 1-4, Riley Carpenter 1-4, Josh Hadley 1-4, Andy Schmidt 1-3, Justin Schlemmer 1-3 rbi, Dean Zwach 1-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Willmar: Darin Ditterich (L) 6.2-7-4-2-1-0, Bangen 1.1-0-0-0-0-1 … Milroy: Austin Deutz 5-1-2-0-2-9, Nathan Deutz (W) 4-2-0-0-1-3