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Amateur Baseball: Late error helps Sacred Heart edge Bird Island

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar Rails third baseman Adam Fagerstrom takes aim at first base in the fifth inning after stopping a sharply-hit ground ball headed to left field. He was too late to the third-base bag to force the Yankee runner.

BIRD ISLAND -- An error on an infield dribbler allowed Sacred Heart to score the eventual winning run in a 4-3 Cornbelt League victory over Bird Island on Sunday.

With the score 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Sacred Heart's Ryan Hebrink singled. Mike Kuschel hit a slow ground ball that the pitcher fielded but then threw past first base and he slipped setting up to throw, allowing Hebrink to score.

Sacred Heart 4,

Bird Island 3

Sacred Heart 000 300 010 -- 4 7 0

Bird Island 100 110 000 -- 3 6 3

HITTING - Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 2-for-4, Mike Kuschel 1-for-4, Dakota Friebourg 1-for-4 rbi, Jeff Hinderks 1-for-4 rbi, Ross Hebrink 1-for-3, Trent Novotny 1-for-4 ... Bird Island: Ben Maiers 2-for-4 2b, Shawn Dollerschell 1-for-4 rbi, Tyler Hebrink 1-for-3 rbi, Andy Dollerschell 1-for-2, Alex Gay 1-for-4 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sacred Heart: Nate Hebrink (W) 7-5-3-3-3-7, Jakel (Sv) 2-1-0-0-1-5 ... Bird Island: Jesse Bjur 6.1-5-3-1-2-8, Luke Kramer (L) 2.2-1-1-0-0-2

Milroy 4, Willmar 1

John Sawatzky and Jordan Olson each had three hits for Willmar, but the Rails dropped their first game of the season to Milroy 4-1 on Sunday in Willmar.

The Rails got their run in the first inning when Josh Oestrich walked and later scored on an error by the second baseman. Matt Stock and Wade Adamson also had hits for the Rails.

Milroy 200 100 100 -- 4 9 1

Willmar (1-1-1) 100 000 000 -- 1 8 2

HITTING - Milroy: Gronli 2-for-4, Schlemmer 1-for-3, E. Dolan 3-for-5, Schmidt 2-for-5, 2 rbi, Rohlitz 1-for-3, 2b ... Willmar: John Sawatzky 3-for-3, Jordan Olson 3-for-4, 2b, Matt Stock 1-for-4, Wade Adamson 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Milroy: Nathan Deutz (W) 6-6-1-0-1-9; Austin Deutz (S) 3-2-0-0-1-4... Willmar: Andrew Bangen (L) 6-7-3-3-4-2; Jordan Olson 3-2-1-1-2-2

Raymond 7,

Granite Falls 6

A solo home run by the Rockets' Mike Jeseritz over the left-field wall at Richter Field provided just enough cushion as the Kilowatts rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday.

Raymond 110 100 121 --7 13 3

Granite Falls 010 000 302 --6 8 2

HITTING - Raymond: Brandon Madsen 2-for-4, rbi; Zach Nelson 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Mike Jesertiz 2-for-5, 2b, solo HR, 2 rbi; Jason Meyer 2-for-5, 2b; Geoff Nelson 3-for-5, rbi; Justin Koenen 2-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi ... Granite Falls: Phil Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Tyler Kanten 3-for-5, 2b, rbi; Craig Listul 1-for-5, solo HR; Jake Suter 2-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Ramond: Tyler Knott 5-3-1-1-0-4, Jordan Smith (W) 4-5-5-3-2-4 ... Granite Falls: Adam Brewers 4-6-3-3-2-1, Tyler Kanten (L) 5-7-4-4-0-5

Watkins 10, Raymond 5

Watkins was methodical in a league victory over the Rockets on Saturday, scoring runs in six of eight innings on Saturday.

Geoff Nelson hit a three-run homer for Raymond and drove in four runs, and Zach Nelson was 3-for-5.

Raymond 100 003 010 -- 5 10 5

Watkins 102 202 21x -- 10 14 1

HITTING - Raymond: Zach Nelson 3-for-5 2b, Mike Jeseritz 1-for-5, Kyle Knott 2-for-3, Geoff Nelson 1-for-4 hr rbi-4, Brandon Madsen 1-for-3 rbi, Justin Koenen 1-for-4, Jared Holmgren 1-for-4 ... Watkins: Dan Berg 3-for-3, Brendan Anderson 1-for-3 hr rbi-2, Matt Geislinger 4-for-5 rbi-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Raymond: Holmgren 2-6-3-2-3-0, Jordan Ruter (L) 4-6-4-4-1-0, Zach Nelson 2-2-3-0-0-1 ... Watkins: Bruce Geislinger (W) 6-6-4-3-2-5

Result Friday

Bird Island 8,

Litchfield 7

Bird Island 100 004 110 -- 8 8 4

Litchfield 021 100 300 -- 7 11 4

HITTING - Bird Island: Tyler Hebrink 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Mark Neubauer 1-for-5, rbi; Shawn Dollerschell 2-for-6 ... Litchfield: Lucas Johnson 2-for-5, rbi; Eric Hulterstrum 2-for-5, rbi; Josh Johnson 3-for-5, 2b; Toby Chellin 1-for-4, rbi; Shane Gutormson 2-for-4, 3 rbi, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Bird Island: Dillon Gass 6Xc-9-7-6-1-4, Jesse Bjur (W) 2Zc-2-0-0-0-0 ... Litchfield: Kaleb Kalkbrenner 3-4-2-2-1-0, David Yordi 2-2-4-2-5-3, Brady Smith 2-1-1-1-1-1, Jordan Lecher (L) 2-0-1-0-2-0

Land O' Ducks

Montevideo couldn't get its offense going the last four innings and dropped a 9-4 decision at Ortonville on Sunday.

Troy Hendrickson was 3-for-4, Todd Bergeson was 2-for-5 and Mitch Christensen drove in two runs for the Spartans.

Atwater 14, Paynesville 5

Atwater squelched any Paynesville hopes for a comeback with a six-run ninth inning in a 14-5 County Line League win on Sunday in Paynesville.

Josh Cunningham, Matt Tanner and Jacob Anderson all had three hits for the Chuckers, and Anderson worked six innings for the win.

Aaron Savelkoul, Jamie Paul and Casey Hess all had two hits for Paynesville, which is 1-3 in the league and overall.

Atwater is 6-2 overall and 1-1 in league. The Chuckers play at home against Starbuck at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Atwater..............210 003 206 -- 14 13 1

Paynesville 200 002 100 -- 5 6 5

HITTING - Atwater: Josh Cunningham 3-for-4 2b, Matt Tanner 3-for-4 2b, Jacolby Anderson 3-for-6 2b-2, Zach Cunningham 1-for-4, Matt Lilleberg 1-for-5, Brooks Maurer 1-for-3, Jordan Tanner 1-for-4 ... Paynesville: Aaron Savelkoul 2-for-3, Jamie Paul 2-for-4 2b, Adam Miller 1-for-3, Casey Hess 2-for-4, Austin Mackedanz 1-for-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Atwater: Anderson (W) 6-3-4-4-3-7, Justin Schroeder 3-3-1-0-0-5 ... Paynesville: Savelkoul (L) 7-6-8-5-5-4, Ryan Hess 1-2-0-0-0-1, Paul 1-5-6-6-2-1

Regal 8,

Norway Lake-Sun. 6

Regal pounded out 14 hits and took command of the game with a five-run seventh inning in a County Line League game on Sunday in Regal.

Austin Hadley had four hits, including three doubles, and Nathan Beiner and Shane Rademacher both had two hits and drove in two runs.

Rademacher earned the win in relief and Austin Kampsen got four outs to earn the save.

Norway Lake-Sunburg's Justin Johnson had two hits and scored twice, but he took the lose.

Regal improved to 4-1 in the league and 6-2 overall. Norway Lake-Sunburg is 1-1 in the league and overall.

Norway Lk-Sun. 120 000 030 -- 6 7 2

Regal..................000 030 50x -- 8 14 3

HITTING - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Justin Johnson 2-for-5 r-2, James Cortez 1-for-3 bb-2, Aaron Zimmer 1-for-5 rbi r, Kyle Seaverson 1-for-2, Jonah Johnson 1-for-4 r, Jared Johnson 1-for-3 r bb-2 ... Regal: Austin Hadley 4-for-5 2b-3 r, Nathan Beier 2-for-4 rbi-2 r-2, Shane Rademacher 2-for-5 rbi-2 r, Austin Kampsen 2-for-3, Chris Beier 1-for-3 rbi, Jordan Beier 1-for-5 r, Steve Gerding 1-for-3 rbi r, A.J. Hadley 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Norway Lake-Sunburg: Chris Braaten 5-8-3-3-1-1, Justin Johnson (L) 3-6-5-5-1-1 ... Regal: Chris Beier 5-4-3-2-4-1, Rademacher (W) 2.2-2-3-0-1-0, Kampsen (Sv) 1.1-1-0-0-0-0