Hutchinson walks away with win over Willmar, 11-6
WILLMAR -- Willmar pitchers issued 11 walks and gave up eight hits in an 11-6 non-conference baseball loss to Hutchinson Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Cardinals (2-2) also were called for two balks and had two innings where they gave up four runs.
Willmar took advantage of Hutchinson (3-1) mistakes early, scoring an unearned run in the first on a Jordan Smith single. In the second, the Tigers committed two errors, which led to Justin Hamann and Andrew Bangen scoring runs.
But in the third, two walks, a hit batter, a balk and two singles led to four Tiger runs and erased Willmar's 3-1 lead.
The Cardinals took the advantage back with RBI singles from John Sawatzky and Hamann, plus a sacrifice fly from Logan Birkland for a 6-5 lead.
In the sixth, two walks and three singles plated four more Hutchinson runs, allowing the Tigers to take over the lead.
Four players had two hits each for the Cardinals: Austin Adamson, Smith, Alec Saunders and Sawatzky.
Tony Trettin went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI to lead Hutchinson.
Hutchinson 11, Willmar 6
Hutchinson 104 004 2 -- 11 8 3
Willmar 120 030 0 -- 6 9 2
HITTING - Hutchinson: Tony Trettin 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2b, 2 rbi; Brad Hauer 2-for-5, 3 rbi; Tyler Clintsman 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Cannon 1-for-4, 2 sb's, 2 rbi ... Willmar: Austin Adamson 2-for-2, 2 runs, rbi; Jordan Smith 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Alec Saunders 2-for-3; John Sawatzky 2-for-3; Justin Hamann 1-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Hutchinson: Nate Gross 1Zc-2-3-1-2-0; Gabe Goodwater (W) 5Xc-7-3-3-3-5 ... Willmar: Scott Skaalerud 2Zc-3-5-3-3-1; Matt Odom (L) 3Zc-2-3-3-5-1; Josh Oesterich 1Zc-3-3-3-3-1