Legion baseball: Willmar blanks Hector
WILLMAR — Willmar’s Brandon Christenson pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out nine to stifle the Hector bats and lift Willmar to a 4-0 win Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Austin Rambow doubled and drove in two runs and Cole Hagen belted an RBI-triple that nearly went over the right-field fence.
Christenson set the tone early, pitching around an error and a Ben Meiers single to strike out the side in the first inning. The single was one of only two hits he allowed.
Willmar took a 1-0 lead when Tim Rogers drew a one-out walk, and after a steal, scored on Rambow’s bloop single.
Hagen made it 2-0 in the third with his triple to score Tyler Stegeman, who had singled and stole second.
Willmar strung together three hits for two runs in the fifth to give Christenson a four-run cushion.
Mason Clark took the loss for Hector, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out five.
Willmar improved to 7-5 and face BOLD 7 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Willmar 4, Hector 0
Hector 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Willmar (7-5) 101 020 x — 4 7 4
HITTING – Hector: Ben Meiers 1-3, Mason Clark 1-3 … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 1-4, Cole Hagen 2-2, 3b, rbi, Austin Rambow 2-2, 2b, rbi-2, Brandon Christenson 1-3, rbi, Josh Warne 1-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hector: Mason Clark (L) 6-7-4-4-3-5 … Willmar: Brandon Christenson (W) 7-2-0-0-2-9