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Legion Baseball: Willmar Legion wins opener over Hector, 8-1

WILLMAR -- Willmar eclipsed Hector's early one-run lead with a five-run third inning before an 8-1 victory Thursday in Legion baseball.

Jordan Smith led the Willmar offense in the season opener with a 4-for-4 night, including two triples.

John Sawatzky drove in two runs off a single and Josh Oestreich and Austin Adamson also collected an RBI each.

Andrew Bangen earned the win for Willmar after five innings on the mound. He gave up six hits and one run. He also walked two and struck out three.

Matt Odom and Adamson each pitched an inning of hitless relief with two strikeouts.

Trevor Albrecht earned the loss for Hector. He pitched six innings, allowed four earned runs and scattered nine hits. He walked four and struck out three.

Andy Kalenberg led the Hector offense with two hits. Tyler Richards and Danny Edwards each cracked a double.

Willmar 8, Hector 1

Hector 010 000 0 -- 1 6 4

Willmar 005 201 x -- 8 9 0

HITTING - Hector: Ben Meyers 1-for-3; Andy Kalenberg 2-for-3; Evan Ludowese 1-for-4; Tyler Richards 1-for-3, 2b; Danny Edwards 1-for-2, 2b ... Willmar: Matt Odom 1-for-3; Jordan Smith 4-for-4, 2 3b's, John Sawatsky 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Josh Oestreich 1-for-3, rbi; Scott Skaalerud 1-for-1; Austin Adamson 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Hector: Trevor Albrecht (L) 6-9-8-4-4-3 ... Willmar: Andrew Bangen (W) 5-6-1-1-2-3; Matt Odom 1-0-0-0-0-2; Austin Adamson 1-0-0-0-0-2