Willmar upsets Chaska, falls to Shakopee
SHAKOPEE -- Willmar pulled off one upset in the Section 2AAA baseball tournament on Saturday and nearly pulled off another.
The Cardinals (6-15), seeded No. 11, upended No. 6 Chaska (10-10) 6-1 in the first round, then succumbed to No. 3 Shakopee (12-8) 3-1 in the second round.
Nathanial Swoyer pitch-ed a pair of complete games for Willmar, taking a no-hitter in the fourth inning of the Chaska game before finishing with a two-hitter.
Swoyer scattered seven hits over six innings in the second game in absorbing the loss.
"Nathanial only gave up two earned runs all day," said Wilmar coach Mark Stier. "He had good defense behind him and he deserved to win both games."
Willmar rapped 11 hits against Chaska, including two each by Swoyer, Ryan Horning, Jake Rambow and Jacob Damhof.
Willmar started things off with three runs in the first inning on a single by Rambow, a run-scoring double by Dean Stier, an error and a run-scoring double by Damhof.
Swoyer doubled and scored on Horning's single in the second inning for a 4-0 lead.
The Cardinals plated another run in the fourth when Damhof and Brady Schneck singled and Rambow rapped an RBI single.
Jason Gunvalson capped the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the seventh after Horning singled and advanced to third on an error and a sacrifice.
In the Shakopee game, Willmar's lone run came in the seventh inning. The Cardinals left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings.
Willmar 6, Chaska 1
Willmar 310 100 1 -- 6 11 *
Chaska 000 001 0 -- 1 2 *
HITTING - Willmar: Ryan Horning 2-for-3, rbi; Dean Stier 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Jake Rambow 2-for-4, rbi; Jason Gunvalson 1-for-3, rbi; Jacob Damhof 2-for-3, rbi; Nathanial Swoyer 2-for-3, 2b; Brady Schneck 1-for-2 ... Chaska: Travis Allard 1-for-3; Adam Happ 1-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Nathanial Swoyer (W) 7-2-1-0-1-4 ... Chaska: Dean Ronnen (L) 32/3-7-5-5-1-4, Adam Happ 31/-4-1-1-1-0
Shakopee 3, Willmar 1
Willmar 000 000 1 -- 3 4 *
Shakopee 200 010 x -- 1 7 *
HITTING - Willmar: Ryan Horning 2-for-4; Damon Ruter 1-for-2; Brady SChneck 1-for-2 ... Shakopee: Matt Conrad 2-for-4; Jordan Gunhus 2-for-4, rbi; Sheldon Miks 2-for-3; Scott Brode 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Nathanial Swoyer (L) 6-7-3-2-1-4 ... Shakopee: Jordan Gunhus (W) 62/3-4-1-1-1-4, Zach Hoffman (S) 1/3-0-0-0-0-0