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Twins bash way to state

ATWATER - The New London-Spicer Twins and the Raymond Rockets turned Kingery Field into a Little League ballpark Sunday afternoon, blasting four home runs in a 6-3 Twins win that earned them a spot in the Class C amateur baseball state tournament.

NLS left fielder Mike Danielson hit a two-run shot to left-centerfield in the bottom of the seventh inning to break the deadlock and propel the Twins to a narrow Region 4C victory Sunday afternoon.

The Twins added an insurance run in the eighth inning on a misplayed bunt but it was Adam Nibaur's three-inning relief performance of Patrick Courtney that earned the win and shutdown the Rocket offense. The Rockets managed three hits in the game's final three innings but couldn't scratch a run across, despite leaving the bases loaded in the seventh and stranding a runner from third base in the eighth inning.

Raymond's Tyler Steen kicked off the home run derby with a two-run opposite field shot that curled around the left field foul pole in the first inning. He drove in Mike Jeseritz, who went 3-for-5 on the day and provided Raymond's only other run with an opposite field home run of his own in the fifth inning that scraped over the right field wall. Jeseritz' home run tied the ballgame at three.

The Twins scored a pair of runs with a two-run single by leadoff man Jake Rambow in the second inning. Scott Rambow, the catcher, hit a solo home run in the third to take a temporary lead, before Jeseritz tied things again in the fifth.

Danielson's long ball gives New London-Spicer a spot in the Class C state tournament but they still have plenty of work to do in the Region 4C tournament as the Twins ready for the tournament's semifinals.

NL-Spicer 6, Raymond 3

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Hitting - Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 3-5 hr rbi r-2, Tyler Steen 1-4 hr rbi-2 r, Calvin Kosminskas 3-4 2b, Brett Swanson 1-4 ... New London-Spicer: Jake Rambow 1-3 rbi-2, Mike Danielson 1-5 hr rbi-2 r, Scott Rambow 2-5 hr rbi r, Austen Hadley 1-4 r, Austin Rambow 2-4 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Raymond: Cole Christensen 3.2-4-3-3-3-5, Alex Lotthammer (L) 3.1-3-3-3-4-5, Jose Rosario 1-0-0-0-2-2 ... New London-Spicer: Patrick Courtney 6-5-3-3-0-3, Adam Nibaur (W) 3-3-0-0-1-3

Granite Falls 8, Bird Island 2

Granite Falls eliminated Bird Island with a hit barrage Sunday afternoon in Spicer.

The Kilowatts tallied 14 hits and scored early and often to top the Bullfrogs.

Craig Listul led the charge, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs as 10 different Kilowatts logged hits. Teammate Adam Brewers earned one hit but was strong from the bump, going all nine innings with just two runs allowed.

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Hitting - Granite Falls: Zac Enevoldsen 2-6 r-2, Jordan Odegard 1-5 2b rbi r, Cam Vien 2-5 2b rbi r-2, Craig Listul 3-3 rbi-3 r, Tyler Dammann 1-5, Colton Vien 1-5, Markus Kranz 1-1 rbi r, Josh Anderson 1-1, Adam Brewers 1-4, Brandon Grund 1-4 r ... Bird Island: Trent Athmann 1-5, Ben Steffel 0-5 rbi r, Dylan Gass 2-3, Riley Kramer 1-4 rbi, Reed Stadther 3-4, Jack Peppel 1-4, James Woelfel 1-4 r, Austin Weis 1-4

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: Brewers (W) 9-10-2-2-1-1 ... Bird Island: Logan Sandgren (L) 3.2-9-5-3-4-4, Jesse Bjur 4.1-5-3-2-3-3, Brad Gass 1-0-0-0-0-0

Bird Island 5, Starbuck 1

Luke Kramer went the distance and shut down the Starbuck Stars in impressive fashion Saturday evening. Kramer struck out five batters and allowed just one run on six hits in his complete game.

His counterpart, Austin Versteeg, contributed the only run of the game for the Stars with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

The Bullfrogs racked up 10 hits, including three by Reed Stadther and a pair from Trent Athmann and Ben Steffel each.

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Hitting - Bird Island: Trent Athmann 2-4 r, Ben Steffel 2-4 rbi r, Dylan Gass 1-4 2b rbi, Riley Kramer 0-4 rbi r, Shawn Dollerschell 1-3 r, Wyatt Peppel 1-4 rbi, Reed Stadther 3-4, James Woelfel 0-3 rbi, Austin Weis 0-2 r ... Starbuck: Michael Gruber 1-4, Mike Kragenbring 1-4, Austin Versteeg 1-4 hr rbi r, Michael Andreas 1-3, Darion Alexander 1-4, Colin Richards 1-4

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Bird Island: Luke Kramer (W) 9-6-1-1-1-5 ... Starbuck: Versteeg (L) 6-8-5-3-4-4, Richards 3-2-0-0-1-4

Legion Baseball

Wadena 4, NL-Spicer 1

Wadena ended the summer with a 4-1 win over New London-Spicer in the consolation championship game at the Legion Division II State Tournament on Saturday in Pelican Rapids.

Jake Dykhoff hit a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.

John Perkins and Nick Perkins each logged a pair of hits for NLS but Wadena pitcher Justin Dykhoff held NLS to just one run in his seven innings of work.

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Hitting - Wadena: Jake Dykhoff 2-4 hr rbi-3 r ... New London-Spicer: John Perkins 2-4, Matt Spaulding 1-3, Derek Dolezal 0-2 rbi, Nick Perkins 2-3 r, Ethan Haugen 1-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Wadena: Justin Dykhoff (W) 7-6-1-1-3-4 ... New London-Spicer: Trent Pientka (L) 7-7-4-3-1-3

NL-Spicer 4, Springfield 2

New London-Spicer edged Springfield to advance to the consolation final Saturday, out-hitting their opponents just 6-5 in a tightly contested game.

Springfield jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning but NLS responded with one of their own and added another run in the third to tie things up. Nick Perkins hit a two-run double in the fourth inning to take the lead and that proved to be the game-winning hit as pitcher Christian Lessman settled in to set down all nine Springfield batters in order in the game's final three innings.

Paxton Nelson was a menace on the basepaths, stealing three bags and scoring two of his team's four runs. Four of New London-Spicer's six hits went for doubles in a good day for the slugging percentages.

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Hitting - Springfield: Mitchell Leonard 1-3 rbi-2 ... New London-Spicer: Paxton Nelson 1-1 sb-3 r-2, John Perkins 1-2 2b rbi, Mitchell Kruger 1-3, Jake Schmidt 1-3 2b rbi r, Nick Perkins 1-3 2b r, Ethan Haugen 1-3 2b rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Springfield: Leonard (L) 4-6-4-4-2-1, Hunter Mathiowetz 2-0-0-0-0-1 ... New London-Spicer: Christian Lessman (W) 7-5-2-2-0-6

College Baseball

La Crosse 10, Willmar 8

The La Crosse Loggers fought off a resilient Willmar team to take a lead in the North Division standings Sunday afternoon in La Crosse.

The Loggers are now half of a game back of the Duluth Huskies and the Stingers remain one game back of Duluth.

La Crosse took a 13-9 advantage in the hit column and blasted two home runs in a big day for both offenses. Harrison Freed logged three hits, including a home run, driving in three runs and scoring three more times and Korey Lee also hit a home run with two other hits, four RBIs and two runs scored. The Loggers jumped out to a big 5-0 lead in the opening frame but the Stingers bounced back to tie things in the fifth inning.

It came down to the final three innings and La Crosse won that portion 5-3.

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Hitting - Willmar: Matt Rudick 1-5 rbi-2, Tyler Reichenborn 1-3, Eli Wilson 1-3 r, Jayson Newman 0-4 r, Joey Ortiz 3-4 rbi r, Eric Yang 0-2 r-2, Shea Kramer 1-3 rbi r-2, Jaxon Hallmark 2-4 rbi r ... La Crosse: Harrison Freed 3-5 hr rbi-3 r-3, Korey Lee 3-4 hr rbi-4 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Nick Dentoni 1-5-5-4-1-1, Noah Fluman (L) 5.2-3-2-2-1-6, Bryant Claunch 1.1-5-3-1-2-1 ... La Crosse: Hunter Davis 4-5-3-2-3-1, Jon Meyerring 1-1-2-2-4-1, Trent Sidwell (W) 3.1-3-3-2-3-2, Lee (Sv) 0.2-0-0-0-1-1

Willmar 8, La Crosse 6

Eli Wilson hit a home run as part of a 2-for-5, two RBI, two run game that propelled the Willmar Stingers past the La Crosse Loggers in an important game in the Northwoods League standings Saturday night.

The Stingers dominated the middle innings, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and five runs in the fifth to squeak past the Loggers. La Crosse added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game to 8-6 but the Stinger bullpen settled in to keep the last three frames clean. Nick Mears earned a six-out save, striking out five batters for hitless eighth and ninth innings.

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Hitting - Willmar: Matt Rudick 0-3 rbi r, Tyler Reichenborn 1-6, Nic Hernandez 1-5 r, John Trousdale 1-5 2b r, Eli Wilson 2-5 hr rbi-2 r-2, Eric Yang 0-2 rbi r-2, Joey Ortiz 2-3 rbi r, Davis Elliot 2-3 rbi, Jaxon Hallmark 1-4 rbi ... La Crosse: Mike Rothenburg 2-5 2b rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Braxton Johns 1.1-2-3-3-4-1, Dylan Oliver (W) 4.1-3-2-2-2-4, Ben Mora 1.1-3-1-1-0-0, Nick Mears (Sv) 2-0-0-0-0-5 ... La Crosse: Ted Stuka (L) 4.1-5-7-7-5-4, Brendan Anderson 1.1-4-1-1-3-1, Tyler Bujanowski 1.2-0-0-0-3-0, John Beuckeleare 1.2-1-0-0-0-3

Jake Schultz

Jake Schultz is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune, working his first job out of college. He graduated from St. John's University (CSB/SJU) in 2016 and is a baseball fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @StJake29. 

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