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Legion Baseball: Willmar tops Kerkhoven, 5-2

KERKHOVEN -- John Sawatzky singled in two runs and starter Jake Damhof picked up the win as the Willmar Legion got by Kerkhoven Legion 5-2 on Thursday.

Sawatzky, who was a reserve catcher for Ridgewater College this spring, singled in Adam Fagerstrom in the first and Andrew Bangen in the third inning. Both had reached on a single and then stole second.

Willmar led 4-0 before Kerkhoven got on the board on Bryan Schlagel's RBI single. Schlagel's also got in the other run with a sacrifice fly in seventh. Jake Rambow, who relieved Damhof in the fifth, got the final out on a sharp grounder to third with the tying run at the plate.

Damhof allowed four hits and one run over 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Schlagel was the losing pitcher, allowing seven hits, including a double to Tyler Brower. Austen Brower hurled 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief.

Willmar 5, Kerkhoven 2

Willmar (3-0) 111 011 0 -- 5 7 0

Kerkhoven (0-3) 000 010 1 -- 2 5 4

HITTING - Willmar: Adam Fagerstrom 1-for-4, 2 runs; Andrew Bangen 1-for-4; John Sawatzky 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Austin Adamson 1-for-2; Tyler Brower 1-for-2, 2b; Jake Damhof 1-for-1 ... Kerkhoven: Jonah Johnson 2-for-3; Bryan Schlagel 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Joe Buck 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Jake Damhof (W) 4Zc-4-1-1-3-7, Jake Rambow 2Xc-1-1-1-1-1 ... Kerkhoven: Bryan Schlagel (L) 5Zc-7-5-3-4-3, Austen Bowman 1Xc-0-0-0-2-1