DeBoer, Raymond nips Willmar to secure second place in South
RAYMOND -- Tom DeBoer and the Raymond Rockets won a pitching dual with the Willmar Rails at Lilleberg Field 2-1 on Sunday evening.
All the scoring was in the first inning. DeBoer went the route, allowing five hits, walking five and fanning six. The Rails' run scored on an error.
Rails' starter Jason Scheffler was equally sharp. He checked the Rockets on three hits while walking two. Cody Scott finished up with two innings of one-hit relief.
Tyler Horning doubled to start the game, stole third and sped home when the catcher's throw went into left field.
Raymond retaliated in the bottom of the frame. Mike Jeseritz reached on an error, Jed Nelson was hit by a pitch, and then a Mike Kragenbring's single plated Jeseritz. Nelson came home on a fielder's choice.
Raymond (11-4, 15-6) clinched second in the Cornbelt South with the win. Willmar (9-5, 9-5) saw its four-game win streak end.
Raymond 2, Willmar 1
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Raymond 200 000 00x -- 2 4 1
HITTING - Willmar: Tyler Horning 1-for-3, 2b; Matt Sagedahl 1-for-3, Jordan Olson 1-for-4; Steve Wetterling 1-for-4, Matt Carlson 1-for-3 ... Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-for-3; Mike Kragenbring 1-for-3; Tyler Steen 1-for-4; Zach Nelson 1-for3 ... PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Jason Scheffler (L) 6-3-2-1-2-0, Cody Scott 2-1-0-0-1-0 ... Raymond: Tom DeBoer (W) 9-5-1-0-5-6
Atwater 6, Paynesville 0
Jeremy Elkjer went the first seven and Brian Kingery pitched the last two innings in a shutout for the Chuckers (10-11 overall).
With the victory, Atwater finishes 9-7 in the Cornbelt North to tie Starbuck for first place. Paynesville ends up 5-11 in the North after also losing to Granite Falls on Saturday night.
Luke Wallace's first of two singles drove in Zach Cunningham, who had walked, for Atwater's first run. Matt Tanner, who went 3-for-5, belted a run-scoring double in the Chuckers' three-run seventh inning.
Elkjer gave up seven hits and three walks. Losing pitcher Ryan Hess went all eight innings, finishing with a 10-hitter with six walks.
The North holds its seeding meeting on Tuesday in Brooten.
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Atwater 010 100 31x -- 6 10 0
HITTING - Paynesville: Trent Hanson 2-for-3; Doug Fuchs 2-for-4; Justin Butofski 1-for-4; Shannon Olmschied 2-for-4, 2b ... Atwater: Mike Walsh 1-for-3, rbi; Brian Kingery 1-for-4; Matt Tanner 3-for-5, 2b, rbi; Brooks Maurer 1-for-1, rbi; Ryan Walsh 1-for-1; Jordan Tanner 1-for-2; Luke Wallace 2-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Ryan Hess (L) 8-10-6-6-6-1 ... Atwater: Jeremy Elkjer (W) 7-7-0-0-3-3, Brian Kingery 2-0-0-0-0-0
Granite Falls 5, Sacred Heart 3
Craig Listul's third hit of the game drove in two runs in the top of the ninth to lift the Kilowatts.
Curt Kvam went the first five innings for the win. Cody Fruin went four innings for the save.
Mike Kuschel went 4-for-4 for Sacred Heart.
The Saints (4-11) play at Bird Island on Wednesday to conclude the schedule.
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Sacred Heart 010 000 200 -- 3 7 1
HITTING - Granite Falls: Luke Berg 2-for-5 , rbi; Tyler Kanten 1-for-2; Chad Listul 1-for-5; Craig Listul 3-for-3, 3 rbi; Jeremy Weiland 1-for-4, 2b ... Sacred Heart: Chris Potter 1-for-3; Mike Kuschel 4-for-4, 2 runs; Mike Johnson 1-for-3, rbi; Josh Hebrink 1-for-4, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Granite Falls: Curt Kvam (W) 5-4-1-1-0-3, Cody Fruin (S) 4-3-2-2-3-5... Sacred Heart: Dan Kluver (L) 8Zc-7-5-5-7-6, Xc-1-0-0-0-1
Starbuck 4, NL-Sunburg 3
Ryan Ganderud doubled with one out in the ninth to bring in Jon Hoffman from third and break a 3-all tie.
Cass Kreitlow set the Lakers down in order in the ninth to preserve the win for Jimmy Walker, who tossed the first eight innings for the Stars, allowing eight hits.
Grant Johnson took the loss, going three innings in relief of Jordan Johnson.
Alex Baker and Erik Ellingboe each had a pair of hits for Norway Lake-Sunburg.
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HITTING - Starbuck: Ryan Ganderud 1-for-5, 2b, rbi; Aaron Kessler 1-for-4; Zach Lagred 1-for-2; Andrew Olson 1-for-3, rbi; Chad Andreas 1-for-3, rbi; Matt Katzenmeyer 1-for-4; Cass Kreitlow 2-for-4, 2b, rbi ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: James Cortez 1-for-4; Grant Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Erik Ellingboe 2-for-4, rbi; Jordan Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Alex Baker 2-for-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Starbuck: Jimmy Walker (W) 8-8-3-2-2-0, Cass Kreitlow (S) 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jordan Johnson 6-5-3-3-4-2, Grant Johnson (L) 3-3-1-1-1-2
Granite Falls 5, Norway Lake-Sunburg 0
All the scoring came in a five-run seventh on an RBI single by Jeremy Weiland and a Tyler Kanten grand slam homer to right at Willie Reigstad Field.
Nick Richter threw a seven-hit shutout for Granite Falls, stranding 11 Lakers.
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HITTING - Granite Falls: Tyler Kanten 1-for-5, grand-slam HR, 4 rbi; Jake Suter 2-for-4, 2b; Craig Listul 1-for-5, Chad Listul 2-for-4, 2 2b's' Jeremy Weiland 1-for-3, rbi; Cody Fruin 1-for-2 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jared Johnson 2-for-5; Justin Johnson 1-for-5; Dan Leritz 1-for-3; Kent Gjerde 1-for-2; Grant Johnson 1-for-4; Jordan Johnson 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Granite Falls: Nick Richter (W) 9-7-0-0-3-3 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Erik Ellingboe (L) 6Xc-8-5-5-4-1, Grant Johnson 2Zc-1-0-0-0-2