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Hutchinson wins VFW tourney; NLS I takes 3rd

Jordan Payne of New London-Spicer VFW I is a stride short of getting his third hit as Tony McCleary of Willmar takes the throw from shortstop in the sixth inning. NLS won 11-6 in Sunday's third-place game at Baker Field in the 16U Central Minnesota Classic. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

WILLMAR -- Hutchinson beat Watertown I by a 7-4 score on Sunday afternoon at Baker Field to capture first-place at the third annual Willmar/New London-Spicer VFW 16U Central Minnesota Classic.

New London-Spicer I topped Willmar 11-6 on Sunday morning for third-place (see below).

In other outcomes, Paynesville drilled Granite Falls 13-3 for the consolation championship. The seventh-place game went to Watertown II who beat New London-Spicer I 10-0.

In Saturday's semifinals, Watertown I beat Willmar 5-0 and Hutchinson dropped NLS I 10-2.

Result Sunday

Third place

NL-Spicer 11, Willmar 6

NLS's Grant Vagle knock-ed in four runs with a sac fly in the first, a two-run single in the fourth and a base-loaded walk in fifth.

Jordan Payne was 2-for-3 and scored three runs as NLS built an 11-4 lead with back-to-back four-run innings in the fourth and fifth.

Willmar starter Patrick Courtney had to be relieved in the first inning when his back tightened up.

Tyler Gislason threw six innings for the win. He gave up nine hits but walked just one while fanning seven.

Josh Warne was the big stick for Willmar (7-6). He went 4-for-4, doubled, drove in a run and scored three times.

Willmar 010 301 1 -- 6 10 5

N. London-Spicer 210 440 x -- 11 11 3

HITTING - Willmar: Tony McCleary 1-for-4, 2b, 3 rbi; Patrick Courtney 2-for-3, Josh Warne 4-for-4, 3 runs, 2b, rbi; Sam Schaefbauer 2-for-2, rbi; Tyler Stegeman 1-for-3 ... New London-Spicer: Ryan Vraa 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Logan Brink 1-for-3, 2 runs, Nick Bergeson 1-for-3, rbi; Grant Vagle 2-for-2, 4 rbi; Jordan Payne 2-for-3, 3 runs; Aaron Clancy 1-for-2, Nolan Schmitz 2-for-3, 2 runs

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Patrick Courtney Xc-1-2-2-1-0, Adam Nibaur (L) 4-8-5-5-3-3, Brandon Christenson 1Zc-1-4-3-2-2 ... New London-Spicer: Tyler Gislason (W) 6-9-5-4-1-7, Jarett Hatlestad 1-1-1-1-1-1

Result Saturday


Watertown I 5,

Willmar 0

Willmar put five runners in scoring position but couldn't move them home facing Jacob Grotbo, who walked three and fanned three over seven innings. Willmar's Sam Schaefbauer pitched a four-hitter in a tough loss.

Watertown I 000 011 3 -- 5 4 0

Willmar 000 000 0 -- 0 5 4

HITTING - Watertown I: Mitch Sullivan 2-for-2, rbi ... Willmar: Tony McCleary 1-for-4, Cole Hagen 1-for-3, 2b; Adam Nibaur 1-for-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Watertown I: Jacob Grotbo (W) 7-5-0-0-2-3 ... Willmar: Sam Schaefbauer (L) 7-4-5-4-3-3