WILLMAR -- Granite Falls capitalized on five Willmar errors and Cody Fruin struck out 11 in 62/3 innings Wednesday as the Kilowatts collected a 6-3 win over the Rails in a Cornbelt League game.
Craig Listul ignited the Kilowatts' offense with three hits while Tyler Flattum and Phil Johnson both doubled and singled.
Granite Falls got on the board in the third inning before plating three runs in the fourth on just one hit.
The Rails (6-6) made three errors in the inning as Andrew Walters, Tyler Dammann and Jake Suter scored to give Granite Falls a 4-0 lead.
Willmar answered with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth when Anthony Stern doubled and scored on Matt Seehusen's single. Seehusen came home on Jordan Olson's single.
Granite Falls added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth. Fruin held Willmar to five hits over six-plus innings of work to benefit from the run support.
Lane Kleist scored on Stern's single in the fifth to cap Willmar's scoring.
David Anderson started in the mound for Willmar. He worked the first four innings, allowing three hits and four runs (two earned), while walking five and striking out three.
Willmar hosts division-leading Raymond on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in a makeup game.
Granite Falls 6, Willmar 3
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Willmar 000 210 000 -- 3 5 5
HITTING - Granite Falls: Tyler Dammann 1-for-4; Craig Listul 3-for-5; Tyler Kanten 1-for-4; Tyler Flattum 2-for-5, 2b; Andrew Walters 1-for-5; Phil Johnson 2-for-5, 2b ... Willmar: Anthony Stern 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Matt Seehusen 1-for-3, rbi; Ross Van Hauen 1-for-3, 2b; Jordan Olson 1-for-4, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Granite Falls: Cody Fruin (W) 62/3-5-3-3-4-11, Ethan Pauling (S) 21/3-0-0-0-0-1 ... Willmar: David Anderson (L) 4-3-4-2-5-3, Darin Ditterich 5-7-2-2-0-3
Raymond improves to 12-0 in Cornbelt with shutout
BIRD ISLAND -- Tyler Knott and Zach Nelson combined on a five-hit shutout and Kyle Knott hit a home run as Raymond remained unbeaten in the Cornbelt League by blanking Bird Island 8-0 Wednesday.
Tyler Knott worked the first six innings and gave up five hits while striking out six. Bird Island (3-10, 4-12) had the bases loaded in the fourth, but Luke Kramer bounced into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Kyle Knott led off the second with a home run and Tyler Steen, Ben Ruter, Tom DeBoer and Jed Nelson followed with five straight singles to put the Rockets ahead 4-0.
Raymond added two runs in the seventh and eighth innings as it outhit the Islanders 13-5 to improve to 12-0 in the Cornbelt.
Jed Nelson led the hitting attack by going 3-for-5 while Tyler Steen, Zach Nelson and DeBoer had two hits apiece. Zach Nelson struck out six without giving up a hit in three innings of relief.
Dylan Gass had two hits for Bird Island.
Raymond 8, Bird Island 0
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Bird Island 000 000 000 -- 0 5 2
HITTING - Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-for-6, rbi; Jed Nelson 3-for-5, 2 rbi; Jason Meyer 1-for-5; Kyle Knott 1-for-4, solo HR, rbi; Jordan Smith 1-for-4; Tyler Steen 2-for-5, rbi; Ben Ruter 1-for-5, rbi; Zach Nelson 2-for-5; Tom DeBoer 2-for-3 ... Bird Island: Dylan Gass 2-for-4; Shawn Dollerschell 1-for-4; Ben Aaseth 1-for-4; Stephen Engelmann 1-for-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Raymond: Tyler Knott (W) 6-5-0-0-0-6, Zach Nelson 3-0-0-0-2-6 ... Bird Island: Brad Gass (L) 6-8-5-5-0-1, Jesse Bjur 2-5-3-2-1-1, Dylan Gass 1-0-0-0-1-0
Milroy 3, Sacred Heart 2
Josh Hadley unfurled a three-hitter with nine strikeouts and Milroy (8-3, 16-5) scored all three of its runs in the second inning.
The Yankees plated the first run on a two-out RBI single by Micah Gronli. With runners on second and third, Brian Dolan's fly ball to left field was dropped, allowing both runners to score.
Jeremy Hinderks hit a solo homer for Sacred Heart (9-4, 18-6) in the ninth, finishing the night 2-for-4 with two RBI. He also took the loss on the hill, giving up seven hits in eight innings.
Matt Bauer was 2-for-4 for Milroy.
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Milroy 030 000 00x -- 3 7 0
HITTING - Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks 2-for-4, solo HR, 2 rbi; Mike Johnson 1-for-2 ... Milroy: Chris Eichten 1-for-4; Matt Bauer 2-for-4; Justin Schlemmer 1-for-4; Eric Dolan 1-for-4; Andy Schmidt 1-for-4; Micah Gronli 1-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sacred Heart: Jeremy HInderks (L) 8-7-3-1-1-2 ... Milroy: Josh Hadley (W) 9-3-2-2-3-9