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VFW Baseball: Willmar 2-0 at Marshall tournament

MARSHALL -- The Willmar I VFW baseball team won two games this past weekend at the rain-shortened Southwest State University Tournament.

Willmar opened the tourney by edging Mitchell, S.D., 2-1 on Friday. Rain washed out Saturday's actions and Willmar then beat Sioux Falls South 3-1 on Sunday.

Damon Ruter picked up the win in relief in both games and also stole home in Friday's game.

Willmar remains unbeaten at 3-0 and hosts Madison on Tuesday.

Willmar 3, SF South 1

A Darren Eschen groundout that brought in Brandon Zuidema allowed Willmar to tie the game at 1-1 in the third. Willmar then plated two runs in the fifth.

Michael Fuchs hit a pinch-hit double to lead off the fifth and advanced to third base on Aaron Weidemann's single before scoring the go-ahead run on Patrick Courtney's groundout. Weidemann later scored in the inning on an error.

Ruter tossed the final three innings for the win.

Sioux Falls South 100 000 -- 1 3 1

Willmar 001 02x -- 3 4 1

HITTING - Sioux Falls South, South Dakota: West 2-for-2, 2b; Scheffer 1-for-2 ... Willmar: Matthew Suedbeck 1-for-3; Damon Ruter 1-for-2; Michael Fuchs 1-for-1, 2b; Aaron Weidemann 1-for-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sioux Falls South, South Dakota: Landon (L) 5-4-3-2-1-1 ... Willmar: Josh Pehrson 3-2-1-0-2-1, Damon Ruter (W) 3-1-0-0-1-1

Friday's game

Willmar 2, Mitchell 1

Willmar broke through in the sixth inning when Ruter stole home during Zuidema's at bat.

Mitchell tied it in the top half of the seventh, but Willmar responded in the bottom half when Josh Pehrson's two-out pinch-hit double drove in Dean Stier.

Brandon Reuvers allowed only two hits in 62/3 innings. Damon Ruter recorded one out and was credited with the win.

Jason Gunvalson went 3-for-3 with two doubles for Willmar.

Mitchell 000 000 1 -- 1 2 0

Willmar 000 001 1 -- 2 10 1

HITTING - Mitchell, South Dakota: Sadler 1-for-4; Cahoy 1-for-2 ... Willmar: Matthew Suedbeck 2-for-4; Dean Stier 2-for-3; Michael Fuchs 1-for-2, 2b; Josh Pehrson 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Damon Ruter 1-for-3; Jason Gunvalson 3-for-3, 2 2b's

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Mitchell, South Dakota: Nevgebauer 4-5-0-0-3-0, Moen (L) 22/3-5-2-2-0-2 ... Willmar: Brandon Reuvers 62/3-2-1-0-5-6, Damon Ruter (W) 1/3-0-0-0-0-0