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Rails win third straight game

WILLMAR -- Matt Seehusen knocked in four runs and Willmar pounded out 14 hits as the Rails upended Bird Island 10-5 Wednesday in a Cornbelt League game.

Bird Island (1-5, 1-5) took a quick 2-0 lead when Travis Frederiksen, who went 3-for-4, doubled and Ben Aaseth and Luke Kramer hit back-to-back RBI singles in the first inning.

Willmar (4-2, 4-2) answered with four runs in the bottom half after eight batters went to the plate. Lane Kleist, Jordan Olson, Josh Dahlke and Seehusen scored with Seehusen delivering the big hit with a two-run triple.

Olson and Dahlke hit back-to-back doubles to open the third and Zach Horning later singled in Dahlke to put Willmar up for good at 6-2. Bird Island plated three runs in the fourth, but Willmar produced another three runs in the fourth as well to stymie a rally from the Islanders.

George Jacobson struck out nine to shake off issuing five walks and seven hits over six innings of work to pick up the win. Jacobson and Horning, who threw the last three innings to get a save, combined to blank Bird Island over the final five innings.

Willmar is at Sacred Heart on Friday.

Willmar 10, Bird Island 5

BI (1-5, 1-5) 200 300 000 -- 5 9 3

Wil. (4-2, 4-2) 402 301 00x --10 14 1

HITTING - Bird Island: Dillon Gass 1-for-3, 2 bb's; Travis Frederiksen 3-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Ben Aaseth 2-for-5, rbi; Luke Kramer 1-for-4, rbi; Kyle Seehusen 1-for-2; Mike Wolff 1-for-2, 2 bb's ... Willmar: Matt Sagedahl 1-for-4, 2b; Troy Ditterich 1-for-1; Lane Kleist 1-for-4, 2 runs; Jordan Olson 2-for-3, 2b, 3 runs, rbi; Mark Krogstad 1-for-1; Josh Dahlke 2-for-3, 2 bb's, 2b, rbi; Matt Seehusen 2-for-3, 3b, 4 rbi; Matt Carlson 1-for-4; Zach Horning 2-for-3, rbi; Matt Odom 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Bird Island: Jake Boersma (L) 3-7-6-6-2-0, Andy Stevens 5-7-4-3-4-7 ... Willmar: George Jacobson (W) 6-7-5-4-5-9, Zach Horning (S) 3-2-0-0-2-5