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National Guard soldiers returning to Willmar on Saturday after 10-month deployment

Willmar wins, loses big

Willmar Legion second baseman Adam Fagerstrom, right, eyes the ball into his glove before tagging out Centennial's Mike Kriegler, left, who was caught in a 2-3-4 rundown in the second inning Saturday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Shortstop Austin Adamson backs up the play. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Legion baseball team was on opposite ends of 10-run decisions on Saturday when Post 167 hosted a triangular at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Willmar used 15 hits to destroy Randolph 15-5 in six innings in the morning game, but then in the afternoon they lost to Centennial 10-0 in five innings.

That was Willmar's first loss after four wins to open the summer schedule.

The Centennial Cougars, who also whipped Randolph 10-0, were 20-3 this spring with all three losses by one run.

Willmar 15, Randolph 5

Shortstop Austin Adamson hit his first-ever home run, a three-run shot in the fifth inning over the fence in left-center.

Clean-up batter Tyler Brower had hits in his first four trips to the plate and reached in the sixth on an error. Brady Schneck singled twice and doubled to drive in three runs.

John Sawatzky tossed all six innings for Willmar. He allowed four hits, two walks and fanned seven. Three of the Randolph runs were unearned.

Randolph 300 020 -- 5 4 3

Willmar 510 054 --15 15 2

HITTING - Randolph: Chaz Speight 1-for-2, Alex Cherwinka 1-for-2, 2 sb's, 2 runs; Paul Weidner 1-for-3, 2b; Nick McIntee 1-for-2 ... Willmar: Austin Adamson 2-for-3, 3 runs, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Adam Fagerstrom 1-for-3, 3 runs; Andrew Bangen 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Tyler Brower 4-for-5, 2b, 2 rbi; John Sawatzky 2-for-5; Ryan Horning 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Brady Schneck 3-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Derrick Loiselle 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Randolph: Ethan Kuehn (L) 4Zc-8-7-5-4-6, Nick McIntee 1Zc-7-8-6-2-2 ... Willmar: John Sawatzky (W) 6-4-5-2-2-7

Centennial 10, Willmar 0

Willmar committed two errors and pitcher Andrew Bangen gave up two walks during a seven-run third inning.

Eric Kallevig punched a solo home run leading off the fourth. Adam LaMere, Chris Anderson, Craig Lynch and Mike Kriegler all hit long doubles for Centennial, which hit a school-record 30 homers in the high-school season.

Singles by Adamson, in the first, and Bangen, in the fourth, were Willmar's only hits in a shutout by three Centennial pitchers.

Centennial (3-0) 007 30 --10 8 1

Willmar (4-1) 000 00 -- 0 2 3

HITTING - Centennial: Eric Kallevig 1-for-2, 2 runs, solo HR, rbi; Ryan Reese 1-for-3, 2 runs; Adam LaMere 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Chris Anderson 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2b, 3 rbi; Austin Malinowski 1-for-3, rbi; Mike Kriegler 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Craig Lynch 1-for-2, 2b ... Willmar: Austin Adamson 1-for-1; Andrew Bangen 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Centennial: Zach Anderson 3-1-0-0-1-1, Josh Matheson (W) 1Xc-1-0-0-0-2, Craig Lynch Zc-0-0-0-0-0 ... Willmar: Andrew Bangen (L) 5-8-10-7-4-2

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