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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Tri-Town’s Nick Peterson delivers a pitch during a Legion playoff game at Prinsburg on Monday. Prinsburg scored three runs in the seventh to down Tri-Town 6-5.

Legion baseball roundup: Willmar clips Hutch

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WILLMAR — Tony McCleary drove in the game-winning run with a second-inning single and Patrick Courtney made it hold up with a strong pitching performance in Willmar’s 4-2 Legion baseball win over Hutchinson on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Willmar improved to 11-8 with two regular-season games remaining. Playoff seeds will be decided today. Willmar plays host to Alexandria on Thursday.

McCleary and Courtney drove in first-inning runs and McCleary singled in Adam Nibauer in the second. Brandon Christensen drove in an insurance run in the fifth.

Courtney worked all seven innings, allowing six hits and an earned run while striking out six.

Willmar 4, Hutchinson 2

Hutchinson         101 000 0 — 2 6 0 

Willmar                210 010 x — 4 9 3 

HITTING – Hutchinson: Matthew Keiser 2-3 rbi r … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 0-3 r, Tony McCleary 2-4 rbi-2, Patrick Courtney 2-3 rbi r-2, Austin Rambow 1-3, Brandon Christensen 3-3 rbi, Adam Nibauer 1-3 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hutchinson: LP-Nolan Keiser … Willmar: Courtney (W) 7-6-2-1-2-6

BBE 5, LPGE 4

Brian Goodwin and Austin Jaeger each had two-run singles in the top of the eighth to lift No. 9 seed Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa over Long Prairie/Grey Eagle. BBE will face No. 1-seed Paynesville today in Paynesville.

BBE       000 000 05 — 5 5 0

LPGE    000 000 04 — 4 8 1

HITTING – BBE: Brian Goodwin 1-2, rbi-2, Austin Jaeger 1-4, rbi-2, James Kuefler 1-4, Tommy Cebulla 1-3, Justin Schmitz 1-3 … LPGE: Ryan Mechels 3-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – BBE: Tommy Cebulla (W) 7.2-7-4-4-4-1; Jordan Wosmek 0.1-1-0-0-0 … LPGE: Todd Geisenhoff (L) 7.1-4-3-2-1-8; Cody Stewart 0.2-1-2-2-1-0

Hector 5, Fairfax 4

Mason Clark drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and pitched out of a mini jam in the bottom of the inning of Hector’s playoff victory on Monday in Fairfax.

Clark drove in Taylor Broderius with a sacrifice fly in the ninth, then stranded two Fairfax runners to end the game.

Broderius had three hits and Josh Swanson drove in two runs for Hector.

Clark worked four innings in relief of starter Tate Lange.

Hector plays next against BOLD in Bird Island on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Hector  300 001 001 — 5 10 2 

Fairfax 000 210 100 — 4 7 0 

HITTING – Hector: Ben Maiers 2-5 rbi r, Taylor Broderius 3-4 r-2, Tate Lange 2-5 rbi r, Mason Clark 0-3 rbi, Josh Swanson 1-5 rbi-2, Cale Olinger 0-2 r, Trey Weispfennig 1-3, Austin Werner 1-4 … Fairfax: Zach Black 2-5 r, Arther Forst 2-3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hector: Lange 5-4-3-2-3-4, Clark (W) 4-3-1-0-1-2 … Fairfax: Cade Leitheiser (L) 9-10-5-5-5-9

Prinsburg 6, Tri-Town 5

Four consecutive hits in the bottom half of the seventh inning propelled Prinsburg into the double-elimination portion of the Division II, Sub-District 3 playoffs. The third-seeded Orioles (11-5) will now face No. 2 Sacred Heart/MACCRAY at 7 p.m. in Sacred Heart on Thursday.

T.J. Stoel, who went 3-for-3, singled to lead off the Prinsburg seventh and moved to second on Sam Ohden’s single. Tyler Daugherty followed with a double off the fence in left-center to bring in Stoel and Nick Daugherty then brought in the tying and winning runs — Ohden and Tyler — with a double off the fence in left field.

Tyler worked the final three innings in relief of Stoel to get the win and Jordan Nelson hit a solo home run for Tri-Town.

Tri-Town             121 000 1 — 5  6  0

Prinsburg            101 001 3 — 6 11 2

HITTING – Tri-Town: Brody Larson 2-4, rbi; David Kinzler 2-3, 2 runs; Jordan Nelson 1-2, HR, run, rbi; Nick Peterson 1-2, rbi … Prinsburg: T.J. Stoel 3-3, run, 2 rbi; Nick Daugherty 2-4, 2b, run, 2 rbi; Tyler Daugherty 1-3, 2b, run, rbi; Grant Hoekstra 1-4, run; Sam Ohden 1-4, run; Ryan Brouwer 1-3, rbi; Zach Zwart 1-2; Jacob VanDyken 1-2, run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Tri-Town: Peterson (L) 6-11-6-6-4-0 … Prinsburg: Stoel 4-4-4-2-3-3, T. Daugherty (W) 3-2-1-1-2-2

Granite Falls 3,

Minneota 2

Reed Raddatz’ bases-loaded, infield hit drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Granite Falls’ opening playoff game on Monday.

Zach Fischer had two hits and drove in a run and Austin Vikander pitched an inning in relief of starter Joe Sannerud to pick up the victory.

Granite Falls plays at Montevideo at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Minneota             001 010 000 — 2 7 0 

Granite Falls      110 000 001 — 3 8 0 

HITTING – Minneota: Corey Drietz 2-2, Alec Engler 2-3 2b rbi-2 … Granite Falls: Chase Richter 2-5, Austin Vikander 1-2, Zach Fischer 2-3 rbi, Reed Raddatz 1-4 rbi, Joe Sannerud 1-4, Dylan Johnson 1-4 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Minneota: LP-Payton Nuy … Granite Falls: Sannerud 8-7-2-2-2-5, Vikander (W) 1-0-0-0-1-0

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