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Legion baseball roundup: Willmar blows out EVW

WILLMAR — The Willmar Legion team broke open the game with a four-run third inning and the offensive fireworks were just beginning.

Patrick Courtney was 2-for-4 and drove four runs and Evan VanDenEinde and Tony McCleary both knocked in two runs in Willmar’s 12-1, six-inning victory over Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday.

Josh Warne pitched a solid game, allowing three hits and allowing just a fifth-inning run.

Tyler Stegeman had two hits and score three runs, Tim Rogers was 1-for-3 and scored three times and Austin Rambow was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Willmar is now 10-7 overall and plays at Dassel-Cokato at 5:30 p.m. today.

Willmar 12,

Eden Valley-Watkins 1

EVW............................000 010 —  1  3 2 

Willmar.......................004 323 — 12 9 2 

HITTING – Eden Valley-Watkins: Alex Geislinger 1-3, Austin Schlangen 1-3, Travis Linn 1-2 … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 2-4 r-3, Tony McCleary 1-2 rbi-2 r-2, Patrick Courtney 2-4 rbi-4 r, Austin Rambow 1-3 rbi r, Brandon Christensen 0-1 r, Evan VanDenEinde 1-3 rbi-2 r, Tim Rogers 1-3 r-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Eden Valley-Watkins: Austin Schlangen (L) 3-4-4-3-1-1 … Willmar: Josh Warne (W) 6-3-1-1-4-0

Montevideo 8,

Litchfield 7

Litchfield batted around in the third inning to produce six runs and take a 7-1 lead, but Montevideo (11-3) sent up 11 batters to the plate in the fourth to take a 8-7 advantage.

A couple of Litchfield throwing errors led to the first three runs of the Montevideo fourth and Zac Enveldsen followed with an RBI single. Austin Hiepler then scored on Marcus Kranz’s suicide squeeze to tie the game at 7-7 before Jordon Thompson scored on a wild pitch to put Montevideo ahead.

Hiepler also earned a save in Ricky Schmitz’s win after hurling a scoreless sixth and seventh. Schmitz scattered 11 hits and four earned runs in five innings of work.

Hiepler, Thompson and Jeff Rohloff collected two hits each for Montevideo, which was outhit 11-8.

Litchfield was coming off a 16-7 win over Kerkhoven on Wednesday.

Litchfield.................106 000 0 — 7 11 3

Montevideo..............101 600 x — 8  8  3

HITTING – Litchfield: B. Wahl 2-4 2b rbi, E. Estrada 2-3 … Montevideo: Jeff Rohloff 2-4 2-runs, Ricky Schmitz 1-3 rbi, Austin Hiepler 2-4 2-runs, Jordan Thompson 2-2, Zac Enveldsen 1-4 2-rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Litchfield: R. Anderson (L) 3.1-6-8-4-5-3, A. Schneider 2.2-2-0-0-1-1 … Montevideo: Schmitz (W) 5-11-7-4-1-2, Hiepler (S) 2-0-0-0-2-1

Hancock 11,

Starbuck 8

Hancock recovered from a seven-run deficit by scoring 10 runs in the sixth inning in a win over Starbuck on Friday.

Brandon Shaw drove in three runs and Austin Steege and Danny Lonneman both had two RBIs.

Starbuck’s Austin Ostrander had three hits and Michael Gruber was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Hancock improved to 3-8 and opens the subdistrict playoffs next week.

Starbuck...............700 010   0 — 8 10 2 

Hancock.............000 10(10) x — 11 6 3  

HITTING – Starbuck: Austin Ostander 3-3 rbi, Michael Gruber 2-3 rbi, Justin Amundson 1-5 rbi-2, Tyler Nielsen 1-4, Jackson Hendrickson 1-3, Hunter Thompson 1-4 rbi-2, Andrew King 1-4 … Hancock: Justin Miller 1-3, Bryan Shaw 1-2, Austin Steege 1-2 rbi-2 r-2, Andrew Shaw 0-0 r-2, Danny Lonneman 1-3 rbi r-2, Brandon Shaw 1-4 rbi-3 r, Jordan Miller 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Starbuck: LP-Thomson … Hancock: Brandon Shaw 3-7-7-6-6-1, Collin Cunningham (W) 4-3-1-1-3-3