Willmar baseball third at Marshall
MARSHALL -- The Willmar Cardinals finished a stretch of five games in six days by splitting two games at the Hardees Invitational at Legion Field on Saturday.
The Cardinals (3-3) lost to West Fargo, N.D., 12-5 and than defeated Lac qui Parle Valley 11-2 in the third-place game.
Marshall (3-2) beat West Fargo 7-1 in the title game.
Willmar coach Brad Dean got to test the depth of his pitching staff. Six Cardinals threw, but of the three starters used earlier in the week -- Jordan Smith, Nathaniel Swoyer and Scott Skaalerud -- only Swoyer pitched and that was for only one inning.
West Fargo 12, Willmar 5
The North Dakotans unloaded for 13 hits and were also helped out by four Willmar errors. Jared Reber had a bases-loaded triple in a five-run fifth.
The Cardinals managed six singles by six different players off two West Fargo arms.
Willmar 004 010 0 -- 5 6 4
West Fargo 311 152 x -- 12 13 3
HITTING - Willmar: Matt Odom 1-for-2, Jordan Smith 1-for-3, rbi; Alex Saunders 1-for-1, Justin Hamann 1-for-2, Nathanial Swoyer 1-for-2, John Sawatzky 1-for-1 ... West Fargo: Eric Benson 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2b; Spencer Flaten 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Cole Mopes 2-for-3, 2b, 3 runs, 2 rbi; Bruce Jorgenson 2-for-4 2b; Jared Reber 3-for-4, 3b, 4 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Alec Saunders (L) 3-6-5-2-1-0, Austin Adamson 2-6-7-2-1-0, John Sawatsky 1-1-0-0-0-1 ... West Fargo: Bryce Jorgenson (W) 5-3-4-1-3-4, Jared Weber 2-3-0-0-0-0
Willmar 11, LQPV 2
The Cardinals found their stroke, lashing 16 hits.
Leadoff hitter Matt Odom went 3-for-3, including a triple for the Cardinals, and Alec Saunders singled three times and scored three runs.
Logan Birkland, Jordan Smith, Derrick Loiselle and Sam Spaulding all had two hits for Willmar. Andrew Bangen threw the middle 2Zc innings for the win.
Scott Borman had two hits for the Eagles.
LQPV 100 100 0 -- 2 8 1
Willmar 302 221 x -- 11 16 2
HITTING - Lac qui Parle Valley: Scott Borman 2-for-4, Eric Paulson 1-for-4, 2b; Tronn Tosel 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Jordan Schwarz 1-for-1, Baxter Defrane 1-for-4, Carl Wildung 1-for-2, Colton Kamstrup 1-for-2, 2b ... Willmar: Matt Odom 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3b, 2 rbi; Logan Birkland 2-for-4, Jordan Smith 2-for-5, 2 runs; Alec Saunders 3-for-4, 3 runs, rbi; John Sawatzky 1-for-4, rbi; Derrick Loiselle 2-for-4, rbi; Sam Spaulding 2-for-3, rbi; Adam Fagerstrom 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- LQPV: Cory Kamstrup (L) 3Xc-11-8-5-0-1, Zach Moen Zc-4-2-2-0-0, Joey Schreck 2-1-1-1-2-0 ... Willmar: Justin Hamann 3Zc-5-2-1-3-3, Andrew Bangen (W) 2Xc-1-0-0-1-2, Nathaniel Swoyer 1-2-0-0-0-0
RTR 4, Dawson Boyd 2
A Dawson-Boyd error in the seventh paved the way for two runs scored for RTR.
Jason Minett got the win for RTR, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Jake Bothun went 2-for 3 for the Blackjacks.
RTR 000 110 2 -- 4 9 1
Dawson-Boyd 101 000 0 -- 2 4 2
HITTING - RTR: statistics not available ... Dawson-Boyd: Jake Bothun 2-for-3; Donnie Hermanson 1-for-3; Joe Haugan 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- RTR: Jason Minett (W) 7-4-2-1-2-8 ... Dawson-Boyd: Derek Gritmacker 6-7-2-1-2-6; Donnie Hermanson (L) 1-2-2-1-1-1