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VFW Baseball: Willmar belts Paynesville, splits with Cold Spring

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WILLMAR — Two six-run innings to open the game and a 3-for-3 performance from Trae Murphy helped Willmar drub Paynesville 16-6 Sunday at Baker Field.

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Willmar batted 19 in the first and second innings combined and produced 11 hits to take a 12-2 lead. Murphy doubled in the first and singled in the second, while Tyler Johnson and Matt Flaig both singled in the first and second.

Willmar then had Austin Boller double, Garrit Kooistra single and Murphy double to open the fourth and help manufacture four insurance runs.

Willmar hosts New London-Spicer on Tuesday.

Willmar 16, Paynesville 6

Paynesville         203 01 —  6   9  1

Willmar 660 4x — 16 16 2

HITTING – Paynesville: Nate Staws 2-3 runs-2, Toby Flamight 3-3 2b runs-2 rbi-2, Brent Berg 2-2 2b rbi … Willmar: Collin Christianson 1-1 runs-2 rbi, Noah Vreeman 1-2 rbi, Tyler Johnson 2-3 runs-2 rbi, Dalton Rambow 1-3 rbi, Austin Boller 2-3 2b-2 runs-3 rbi, Garrit Kooistra 2-3 3b runs-2 rbi-2, Trae Murphy 3-3 2b-2 runs-2 rbi-4, Brayden Sunder 1-3 2b run rbi, Matt Flaig 2-3 rbi, Noah Streed 1-3 run rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Paynesville: Austin Imkolke (L) 1-9-12-7-2-1, Jared Spanier 3-7-4-4-0-5 … Willmar: Kooistra 2-4-2-2-2-2, Rambow (W) 3-5-4-3-0-3

Results Saturday

GAME ONE

Cold Spring 8, Willmar 3

Sam Vreeman and Trae Murphy both doubled and had an RBI for Willmar.

Cold Spring         140 021 0 — 8 13 2

Willmar 000 102 0 — 3  6  4

HITTING – Cold Spring: Sam Young 2-5 runs-2 rbi, Will Matuska 3-4 2b run rbi-3, BJ Huls 2-5 2b rbi, Eli Backes 2-3 sb-3 run rbi … Willmar: Sam Vreeman 2-4 2b rbi, Noah Vreeman 1-4, Brayden Sunder 1-2, Austin Boller 1-3 2b run, Trae Murphy 1-3 2b rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Cold Spring: Derrick Thompson (W) 7-6-3-1-2-4 … Willmar: Matt Flaig (L) 5-13-8-3-3-0, Murphy 2-0-0-0-1-2

GAME TWO

Willmar 9, Cold Spring 5

Willmar plated four runs in the sixth to cap a rally. Sam Vreeman supplied the winning hit with a triple.

Garrit Kooistra struck out three and held Cold Spring hitless and scoreless in two innings of relief to pick up the win.

Cold Spring         140 000 0 — 5  6  3

Willmar 001 314 x — 9 12 1

HITTING – Cold Spring: Tanner Reitmeier 2-4 run rbi-2 … Willmar: Sam Vreeman 1-4 3b rbi, Noah Vreeman 1-4 sb-4 runs-2 rbi, Tyler Johnson 2-3 run rbi-2, Dalton Rambow 2-4 2b run, Brayden Sunder 1-4 runs-2, Austin Boller 1-3 2b run, Trae Murphy 2-2 run rbi, Collin Christianson 1-3 rbi, Noah Streed 1-2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Cold Spring: Eli Backes 5-9-5-4-3-5, Nick Pennick (L) 1-3-4-2-0-0 … Willmar: Grant Bangen 1.1-5-5-4-1-0, Johnson 3.1-1-0-0-0-6, Garrit Kooistra (W) 2-0-0-0-0-3

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