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VFW I tops intra-city rival, 12-1

WILLMAR -- The Willmar I team cranked out 12 hits and drilled the Willmar VFW II team by a 12-1 score in five innings on Wednesday at North Swansson.

From the start, VFW II looked shaky against the senior VFW team, committing two errors in the first inning.

That helped VFW I put together a five-run first. Leadoff Jordan Tanner tripled and scored on a passed ball. VFW II starter and losing pitcher Nathanial Swoyer almost got out of the inning without more damage, but with two outs a pair of infield miscues and two more hits set the tone for the game.

Jordan R. Smith hit an inside-the-park home run in the third with the bases full to cap a six-run inning and a 12-0 lead.

Adam Fagerstrom got both VFW II hits, the second a triple to right in the top of the fifth. He scored standing up on Jeremy Schendel's ground out.

Alec Saunders went the first three innings for the win. Scott Skaalerud, who was 3-for-3 at the plate, finished up.

VFW I improved to 9-0 in the league and 15-1 overall.

VFW II dropped to 12-10 overall.

Willmar I 12, Willmar II 1

Willmar II 000 01 -- 1 2 3

Willmar I 516 0x -- 12 12 1

HITTING - Willmar II: Adam Fagerstrom 2-for-2, 3b .... Willmar I: Jordan Tanner 2-for-2, 3b, 2 runs; Brooks Maurer 1-for-2, Tim Chermak 2-for-2; Jordan R. Smith 1-for-3, grand-slam HR, SF, 5 rbi; Jordan J. Smith 1-for-2, 2 rbi; Alec Saunders 1-forf-2, 2 runs; Tyler Brower 1-for-2; Scott Skaalerud 3-for-3, 3b, 3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar II: Nathaniel Swoyer (L) 3-10-12-*-1-4, Andrew Bangen 1-2-0-0-0-0 .... Willmar I: Alec Saunders (W) 3-1-0-0-0-3, Scott Skaalerud 2-1-1-1-3-1