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Amateur Baseball: Willmar wins wild arms battle

SACRED HEART -- After a seven-inning game that lasted nearly three hours and featured 23 walks and five hit batters, Willmar came away a 16-5 winner over Sacred Heart Sunday in the Cornbelt South League.

The teams combined for just 10 hits, but Sacred Heart (3-8, 5-15) was doomed by its eight errors and 12 walks issued by four pitchers.

The Rails (8-6, 8-7) scored one run in each of the first three innings before stretching its lead to 7-0 with a four-run fourth. Jordan Olson's two-run double and Matt Sagedahl's RBI single highlighted the frame.

Sacred Heart pulled within 7-4 after David Schjenken singled in a run in the fourth and three runs came across in the fifth before Willmar put the game away by plating nine runs in the sixth.

The Rails sent up 14 batters to the plate in the frame with Alex Marcus' single the only RBI hit Willmar got in the inning. The Saints walked in a run four times and also hit a batter to drive in a run in the sixth.

Willmar 16, Sacred Heart 5

Willmar (8-6, 8-7) 111 409 0 - 16 7 0

Sac. Heart (3-8, 5-15) 000 130 1 - 5 3 8

HITTING - Willmar: Lane Kleist 1-for-4; Matt Sagedahl 2-for-3, rbi; Jordan Olson 1-for-4, 2b, 3 rbi; Alex Marcus 1-for-3; Jeff Freeman 1-for-5, rbi; Anthony Stern 1-for-5 ... Sacred Heart: David Schjenken 1-for-5, rbi; Aaron Coulter 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Mark Krogstad 41/3-2-4-4-9-9, Mike Finlayson 22/3-1-1-1-2-1 ... Sacred Heart: Dan Kluver (L) 31/3-5-7-3-4-4, Josh Hebrink 2-1-6-2-5-2, Ryan Helget 0-0-3-3-2-0, David Schjenken 12/3-1-0-0-1-1

NEXT - Willmar: Friday, home vs. Regal

Raymond 8, Atwater 3

Kyle Knott's two-run home run in the fourth inning gave the Rockets (12-1, 20-6) the winning margin, highlighting a four-run inning.

Raymond took a 3-0 lead after the second inning. The Chuckers (6-6, 7-10) cut the lead to 8-3 in the seventh.

Jed Nelson went 4-for-6 to lead the Rockets. Matt Tanner had three hits for Atwater.

Ray. (12-1, 20-6) 030 400 100 - 8 11 0

Atwater (6-6, 7-10) 000 000 300 - 3 10 4

HITTING - Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-for-5, rbi; Jed Nelson 4-for-6; Kyle Knott 1-for-3, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Nick Koewler 1-for-1, rbi; Joe Schlagel 1-for-3; Mike Kluver 1-for-3; Tyler Steen 1-for-1; Shawn Thissen 1-for-4 ... Atwater: Zach Cunningham 1-for-2, rbi; Brian Kingery 2-for-4, rbi; Matt Tanner 3-for-5; Luke Wallace 1-for-4; Brad Hopp 1-for-4; Michael Malvin 2-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Tom DeBoer (W) 7-9-3-3-3-10; Travis Epema 1-0-0-0-0-1; Mike Kragenbring 1-1-0-0-2-2 ... Atwater: Brian Kingery (L) 6-6-7-2-4-4; Michael Malvin 3-5-1-1-2-0

NL-Sunburg 11, Granite Falls 3

Paul Gjerde slugged a three-run double, Scott Olson doubled in another run and Dan Leritz singled in two runs during a six-run sixth inning for Norway Lake-Sunburg (8-4, 9-6).

Jason Roepke struck out eight, surrendered four hits and one earned run in seven innings of work to pick up the win. The Lakers collected 16 hits to gave Roepke plenty of support.

Leritz and Olson also singled in runs in a four-run third for the Lakers. Mike Tanhoff had two hits for Granite Falls.

Granite Falls 300 000 000 - 3 5 3

NLS (8-4, 9-6) 004 106 00x - 11 16 3

HITTING - Granite Falls: Mike Tanhoff 2-for-5; James Gallagher 1-for-4, rbi; Chad Listul 1-for-4, rbi; Zach Morris 1-for-3, Nick Richter 1-for-1 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: James Cortez 3-for-5, 2b; Paul Gjerde 2-for-5, 2b, 3 rbi; Jason Roepke 3-for-5, 2 rbi; Scott Olson 2-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Jordan Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Kent Gjerde 1-for-3; Dan Leritz 2-for-3, 3 rbi; Paul Beckman 1-for-1; Darrin Carlson 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: King Richter (L) 5-14-8-8-3-1, Cody Fruin 1-1-3-0-1-1, Josh Neu 2-1-0-0-1-0 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jason Roepke (W) 7-4-3-1-3-8, Kasey Van Heulven 2-1-0-0-2-3

Regal 7, NL-Spicer 4

Shane Radermacher pitched seven innings of scoreless relief to lead Regal (4-8, 9-9).

New London-Spicer (5-6, 7-6) tagged Regal starter Chris Beier with four hits and four earned runs through the first two-plus innings. Radermacher allowed just one hit the rest of the way. He struck out seven and walked four.

A.J. Hadley led Regal with three hits.

Brady Toops and Tony Salonek had two hits each for the Twins.

NL-Spicer (5-6, 7-6) 103 000 000 - 4 5 3

Regal (4-8, 9-9) 020 301 10x - 7 9 1

HITTING - New London-Spicer: Brady Toops 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2b; Scott Rambow 1-for-4, rbi; Tony Salonek 2-for-4, 2 rbi ... Regal: A.J. Hadley 3-for-5, rbi; Chris Beier 1-for-3, 2b; Mike Mueller 1-for-4, rbi; Shane Radermacher 1-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Josh Eckstein 1-for-4, rbi; Chris Rohe 1-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Josh Krupke 1-for-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Josh French (L) 6-7-7-7-5-4; Brady Toops 2-2-0-0-0-3 ... Regal: Chris Beier 2-4-4-4-3-2; Shane Radermacher (W) 7-1-0-0-4-7

Saturday's Results

Cornbelt North

NL-Sunburg 18, Paynesville 3

Norway Lake-Sunburg batted around in the third and sixth inning and sent up 13 batters to the plate in the fifth to win easily.

Jason Roepke hit a two-run double and James Cortez also had a double drive in a run in the fifth inning and Paul Gjerde doubled in two runs in a five-run third for the Lakers.

NL-Sunburg 005 193 0 - 18 12 2

Paynesville 000 002 1 - 3 6 5

HITTING - Norway Lake-Sunburg: James Cortez 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Jake Suter 2-for-4; Paul Gjerde 1-for-3, 2b, 3 rbi; Jason Roepke 1-for-3, 2b, 3 rbi; Scott Olson 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Jordan Johnson 2-for-4, rbi; Kent Gjerde 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Jared Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Dan Leritz 1-for-3, rbi ... Paynesville: Justin Butkofski 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Adam Miller 1-for-4; Shannon Olmscheid 1-for-4, rbi; Jordan Haag 1-for-2, rbi; Ross Barten 2-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Darrin Carlson (W) 5-1-0-0-3-4, Josh Wagner 2-5-3-2-1-0 ... Paynesville: Adam Miller (L) 41/3-7-8-5-1-2, Adam Hemmesch 2/3-2-7-5-3-0, Ryan Hess 1-2-3-1-0-2, Justin Butkofski 1-1-0-0-0-0

Land O' Ducks

Benson 13, Wheaton 0

Benson (8-2, 8-3) scored in every inning but the first and seventh as the Chiefs took advantage of nine walks and five Wheaton errors.

Wes Stettner struck out seven, walked two and gave up only two hits in his complete-game victory.

The Chiefs got a two-run single from Adam Foslien and RBI singles from Stettner and Andrew Rustad in the fifth.

Benson (8-2, 8-3) 011 141 05 - 13 8 2

Wheaton 000 000 00 - 0 2 5

HITTING - Benson: Wes Stettner 2-for-4, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Andrew Rustad 2-for-4, rbi; Aaron Hagen 1-for-3, 2 bb's, 2b, 2 runs; Jake Erickson 1-for-3, rbi; Mitch Grunig 1-for-1, rbi; Adam Foslien 1-for-4, 2 rbi ... Wheaton: Schmitz 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Wes Stettner (W) 8-2-0-0-2-7 ... Wheaton: Joe Haase (L) 42/3-7-7-3-5-2, John Wiese 22/3-1-6-3-4-0, Jacobs 2/3-0-0-0-0-1


Watkins 7, Raymond 6

Watkins sent up 10 batters to the plate in the ninth inning to rally for six runs and stun Raymond. Winning pitcher Mike Beier, who went 3-for-5 at the plate, singled in two runs with two outs to end the game.

Joe Schlagel singled in a run in the ninth before scoring on Travis Epema's fielder's choice to give Raymond a 6-1 lead. Schlagel also singled in a run during a three-run fourth that also featured RBI doubles from Mike Kragenbring and Kyle Knott.

Raymond 000 300 012 - 6 8 2

Watkins 100 000 006 - 7 8 4

HITTING - Raymond: Jed Nelson 2-for-4; Mike Kragenbring 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Kyle Knott 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Joe Schlagel 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Mike Kluver 1-for-4 ... Watkins: Mike Beier 3-for-5, 2 rbi; Dan Hogen 1-for-4; Tim Haines 1-for-2; Todd Geislinger 1-for-4, rbi; Bruce Geislinger 1-for-4, 2b; Scott Geislinger 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Zach Nelson (L) 82/3-7-7-2-5-5, Jason Meyer 0-1-0-0-1-0 ... Watkins: Mike Beier (W) 9-8-6-3-1-5

Late results Friday


Litchfield 11, Winsted 2

Brandon Larson and Jason Hoff each had three hits for Litchfield and Jeff Wollin went 8Xc innings for the win, allowing nine hits and five runs.

Winsted 120 010 014 - 9 12 3

Litchfield (14-10) 202 043 00x - 11 10 1

HITTING - Winsted: Marc Kohler 4-for-5, 2b, rbi; Neil Schlage 2-for-4, solo HR; Gregg Kohler 3-for-5, 2 rbi ... Litchfield: Brandon Larson 3-for-4; Ed Estrada 1-for-5; Bill Miller 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Jason Hoff 3-for-5, 2b; Dan Estrada 2-for-4, 4 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Winsted: Cull Schultz (L) 4-4-4-4-2-4, Grant Wicksbureg 1Xc-3-7-7-5-0, Steve Visping 1Zc-2-0-0-0-1 ... Litchfield: Jeff Wollin (W) 8Xc-9-5-5-1-1, Darrin Rothstein Zc-3-4-4-2-1

Dassel-Cokato 6, NL-Sunburg 3

Jared Johnson gave Norway Lake-Sunburg a short-lived 3-1 lead in the eighth as Dassel-Cokato sent up 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the frame to collect six hits that produced five runs.

NL-Sunburg 020 000 010 - 3 11 1

Dassel-Cokato 100 000 05x - 6 12 1

HITTING - Norway Lake-Sunburg: James Cortez 1-for-4; Paul Gjerde 1-for-3; Jason Roepke 1-for-1; Jared Johnson 1-for-2, rbi; Kent Gjerde 3-for-4; Dan Leritz 2-for-4; Darrin Carlson 2-for-4, rbi ... Dassel-Cokato: Nat Bergstrom 2-for-5; Eric Hanson 2-for-4, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jake Suter 7-6-1-1-3-1, Josh Wagner (L) 1/3-4-4-2-0-0, Dan Leritz 2/3-2-1-0-0-1 ... Dassel-Cokato: Jon Kazcburg 6-7-2-2-5-0, Vinnie Pokonowski (W) 3-4-1-1-1-2