Legion Baseball: Willmar edges Litchfield
LITCHFIELD — Brandon Christianson drove in three runs and Cole Christensen struck out five of the six batters he faced as the Willmar Legion outlasted Litchfield 8-7 on Tuesday at Optimist Field.
Willmar trailed by a run before scoring three runs in the seventh, thanks to run-scoring singles from the Brandon Christianson and Cole Christensen, to take an 8-6 lead.
Willmar starter Josh Warne worked seven innings for the victory and Cole Christensen pitched the final two innings to earn a save.
Brandon Christianson on was 3-for-5 and Tony McCleary was 4-for-5.
Cody Klabunde had three hits and Carson Deal was 2-for-4 for Litchfield.
Willmar opens play in the St. Cloud Chutes Tournament against Sauk Rapids at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Cloud.
Willmar 8, Litchfield 7
Willmar 120 020 300 — 8 12 1
Litchfield 200 400 100 — 7 9 0
HITTING – Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 1-3 rbi, Tony McCleary 4-5, Brandon Christenson 3-5 rbi-3, Cole Christenson 1-4 rbi, Adam Nibauer 1-4, Austin Smith 2-3 rbi … Litchfield: Cody Klabunde 3-5, Eddie Estrada 1-4, Sam Renner 1-4, Brady McGraw 1-4, Austin Larson 1-4, Carson Deal 2-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Willmar: Josh Warne (W), Cole Christenson (Sv) … Litchfield: not available