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The Raymond Rockets’ Justin Koenen has swung a hot bat in July. He was 2-for-4 on Sunday against the Willmar Rails. The Rockets won 12-2 and advanced to the Cornbelt League winner’s bracket. See story Page B3. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Amateur baseball roundup: Raymond takes out Rails

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Amateur baseball roundup: Raymond takes out Rails
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

RAYMOND — Mike Jeseritz hit a two-run homer and Tyler Knott tossed a complete game to help the Raymond Rockets beat the Willmar Rails 12-2 on Sunday at Lilleberg Field.

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Raymond pounded out 16 hits, including a 3-for-3 performance from Jordan Daugherty. Brandon Madsen also had three hits and drove in two runs.

Jordan Olson and Jordan Ruter each had two hits for the Rails.

The Rockets advanced to the Cornbelt League winner’s bracket and will play 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart.

Raymond 12, Willmar 2

Willmar....................011 000 00 — 2 7 3

Raymond (19-8)..002 016 21 — 12 16 1

HITTING – Willmar: Jordan Ruter 2-4, Jordan Olson 2-4, 2b, rbi, Tyler Brower 1-3, Andrew Bangen 1-4, Tanner Thunstedt 1-3 … Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-4, 2-run HR, Tyler Steen 1-5, rbi, Justin Koenen 2-4, 2b, rbi, Kyle Knott 2-3, rbi, Brandon Madsen 3-5, rbi-2, Calvin Kosminskas 1-4, rbi, 2b, Zach Nelson 2-5, rbi, John Sawatzky 1-2, 2b, Jordan Daugherty 3-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Willmar: Tyler Brower (L) 5.1-10-8-8-5-5; Jordan Olson 1.2-3-3-3-0-0; Adam Fagerstrom 0.2-3-1-1-0-0; … Raymond: Tyler Knott (W) 8-7-2-1-1-1

Bird Island 6,

Granite Falls 0

Bird Island’s Luke Kramer surrendered just two hits — singles to Shaun Condon in the third inning and Jake Suter in the fifth — while striking out 12 in a complete-game outing to propel the fourth-seeded Bullfrogs in the first round of the Cornbelt playoffs Sunday.

Pacing the Bullfrogs offensively was Dylan Gass with a solo home run in the seventh and Andy Dollerschell’s three-run double in a four-run fourth. Dollerschell and Mark Neubauer had two hits each in Bird Island’s eight-hit attack.

Bird Island now plays at top-seeded Milroy while No. 5 Granite Falls hosts No. 6 Willmar. Both games are Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Granite Falls.........000 000 000 — 0 2 1

Bird Island.............000 400 11x — 6 8 1

HITTING – Granite Falls: Jake Suter 1-3, Shaun Condon 1-3 … Bird Island: Dylan Gass 1-5, HR, run, rbi; Tyler Hebrink 1-4, 2b, run; Mark Neubauer 2-4, 2 runs; Logan Swan 1-2, run, rbi; Andy Dollerschell 2-4, 2b, 3 rbi; Jake Marcus 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Granite Falls: Cody Fruin (L) 7-6-5-5-4-5, Dylan Lindstrom 1-2-1-1-2-0 … Bird Island: Luke Kramer (W) 9-2-0-0-1-12

Saturday’s result

Non-League

Bird Island 5,

St. Peter 4

St. Peter stranded two base runners in the ninth after striking out and flying out to start out the inning. Brad Gass induced a flyout to center after the Saints had three straight batters reach base to collect the save in starter Shawn Dollerschell’s win.

Ben Maiers and Dylan Gass, Bird Island’s top two hitters in the lineup, had three hits each. Gass, along with Mark Neubauer and Logan Swan, supported Dollerschell with RBI singles. Luke Kramer drew a walk to lead off the sixth and came around on Gass’ third single of the game to give the Bullfrogs a 5-3 lead.

St. Peter.............101 100 001 — 4 11 3

Bird Island.........202 001 00x — 5 11 2

HITTING – St. Peter: Shea Roehrkasse 3-5, 3b, 2 rbi; Seth Wenner 2-5, 2b, rbi; Jordan Wilmes 2-4, 2b … Bird Island: Ben Maiers 3-5; Dylan Gass 3-5, run, rbi; Tyler Hebrink 1-5, run, rbi; Elliot Serbus 1-4, 3 sb’s, run, rbi; Mark Neubauer 1-3, rbi; Logan Swan 2-4, 3b, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — St. Peter: Jeremy Braun (L) 6.1-9-5-2-2-2, Ty Kaus 1.2-2-0-0-0-0 … Bird Island: Shawn Dollerschell (W) 6-8-3-3-4-5, D. Gass 2-1-0-0-0-0, Brad Gass (S) 1-2-1-0-0-1

Friday’s result

Litchfield 3,

Clear Lake 2

In a nail-biter, Litchfield prevailed over Clear Lake 3-2 in 10 innings Friday at Optimist Park in Litchfield.

Matt Spreiter provided the spark in extra innings to help secure a victory for the Blues. Spreiter led off the inning with a single and was advanced to second on Josh Johnson’s bunt single. Gabe Lecher was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Spreiter later scored on a wild pitch.

Clear Lake........002 000 000 0 — 2 10 2 

Litchfield..........000 001 010 1 — 3 9 2 

HITTING – Clear Lake: Sam Iten 2-4, 2b; Jake Solmonson 2-4; Tony Bergman 2-4 … Litchfield: Matt Spreiter 1-5; Eric Hulterstrum 1-3, rbi; Gabe Lecher 3-3, rbi; Josh Johnson 3-5, 2b; Brady Smith 1-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Clear Lake: Iten (L) 10-9-3-3-4-12 … Litchfield: Kurt Gartner (W) 10-10-2-2-4-3

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