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Late run pushes Willmar past Brainerd

BRAINERD - Andy Schultz singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh and Caleb Ditmarson pitched a perfect inning in relief in the bottom of the inning to lead Willmar to a 6-5 win over Brainerd on Tuesday in a Central Lakes Conference game.

With the game tied 5-5 in the seventh, Caleb Owens reached on a infield single, moved to second on Ditmarson's sacrifice bunt and moved up to third when Jack Baumgart reached on an error. Schultz followed with a single to right field.

Ditmarson then got two strikeouts and a pop out to the catcher to end the game.

"It's really nice when it goes that easy (in the bottom of the seventh)," said Cardinals head coach Tom DeBoer. "It's not always like that, but Caleb (Ditmarson) did a great job."

Ditmarson relieved Bryan Weidemann, who worked six innings and gave up five unearned runs. Willmar committed six errors.

"We didn't do Bryan any favors," DeBoer said. "You don't win too many games when you make six errors."

Owens was 2-for-3 and scored twice, Baumgart doubled and drove in two runs, Jon Broman had two doubles and scored twice, Schultz also had two hits and Zak Madsen doubled and scored a run.

The Cardinals take on Alexandria at 5 p.m. Thursday at Taunton Stadium in Willmar, then travel to play at Sauk Rapids at 6 p.m. Friday.

Willmar 6, Brainerd 5

Willmar 002 102 1-6 10 6

Brainerd 201 011 0-5 5 4

Hitting - Willmar: Caleb Owens 2-3 sb r-2, Caleb Ditmarson 1-2 r, Jack Baumgart 1-3 2b sb rbi-2, Andy Schultz 2-3 rbi, Jon Broman 2-4 2b-2 r-2, Zak Madsen 1-2 2b r, Blake VanDenEinde 1-1... Brainerd: McCale Peterson 2-3 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Bryan Weidemann (W) 6-5-5-0-3-2, Ditmarson (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Brainerd: Max Boran 5-5-3-2-3-7, Peterson (L) 2-5-3-0-1-2

BOLD 2, Minnewaska 0

BOLD edged Minnewaska in a gem of a game on Tuesday at Minnewaska High School.

BOLD's James Woelfel one-hit the Lakers, not allowing a walk and striking out 10. Woelfel also drove in both Warriors' runs.

Minnewaska's Matthew Gruber took a tough loss, allowing just four hits, no walks and striking out five.

BOLD 000 101-2 4 0

Minnewaska 000 000-0 1 1

Hitting - BOLD: Luke Ryan 1-3 2b r, Jordan Sagedahl 1-3 3b r, James Woelfel 1-3 rbi-2, Riley Weis 1-2 ... Minnewaska: Colin Weidauer 1-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: James Woelfel (W) 6-1-0-0-0-10 ... Minnewaska: Matthew Gruber (L) 6-4-2-2-0-5

BOLD 9, Minnewaska 2

Minnewaska struck first but BOLD stacked 12 hits together to earn the 9-2 victory.

Luke Ryan scored three times and finished with a pair of stolen bases while Warrior teammates Jordan Sagedahl, Jack Peppel, Hayden Tersteeg and Riley Weis each finished with two-hit games.

Minnewaska 101 000-2 4 1

BOLD 103 50x-9 12 1

Hitting - Minnewaska: Connor Westberg 1-3 r, Ryan Christianson 0-2 r, Matthew Gruber 1-3 rbi, Colin Weidauer 1-3, Isaiah Testa 1-2 ... BOLD: Luke Ryan 1-3 sb-2 r-3, Jordan Sagedahl 2-4 rbi-3 r, James Woelfel 1-2 r-2, Jack peppel 2-3 rbi r-2, Hayden Tersteeg 2-3 rbi-2, Riley Weis 2-2 rbi-2, Cade Morse 1-3, Andrew Sheehan 1-3, Matt Moorse 0-1 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Testa (L) 3-7-4-1-1-3, Sean Kelling 1-4-5-5-2-1, Ryan Amundson 1-1-0-0-1-1 ... BOLD: Hayden Tersteeg (W) 6-4-2-1-2-7

NLS 5, DC 4

It took more than four innings but New London-Spicer finally got to Dassel-Cokato starter Alex Turning, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to take the win in game two of a doubleheader.

NLS pitcher Mitchell Kruger buckled down in the remaining innings to keep the Wildcat lead and earn the win.

Ethan Haugen finished with a double and two RBIs.

NLS 100 040-5 6 2

DC 000 211-4 5 1

Hitting - New London-Spicer: Paxton Nelson 0-2 sb-2 r-2, Ethan Haugen 2-4 2b rbi-2 r, Will Roguske 1-2 sb r, Mitchell Kruger 1-3 rbi, Derek Dolezal 0-2 rbi, Payton Madison 1-3 rbi, Jake Schmidt 1-3 r ... Dassel-Cokato: Jacob Schmitz 2-2 2b rbi-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Kruger (W) 6-5-4-4-5-1 ... Dassel-Cokato: Alex Turning (L) 5-5-5-5-3-6, Trever Kaiser 1-1-0-0-1-2

NLS 8, DC 6

Paxton Nelson logged a two-hit game with two stolen bases and a pair of runs scored in a close 8-6 win for New London-Spicer over Dassel-Cokato.

The Wildcats put on a clinic in the fourth inning, scoring six runs to take the lead. Brandon Adelman earned the win with a 2-1/3 inning relief appearance and Will Roguske came in during the fifth inning to slam the door shut.

DC 040 110-6 6 3

NLS 200 60x-8 6 2

Hitting - Dassel-Cokato: Ben Lindquist 2-4 2b sb rbi-2 r-2 ... New London-Spicer: Paxton Nelson 2-4 sb-2 r-2, Will Roguske 1-4 rbi-2 r, Mitchell Kruger 0-1 r-2, Derek Dolezal 1-3, Payton Madison 0-2 r, Jake Schmidt 0-0 rbi r, Nick Perkins 1-2 2b rbi-2 r, Ethan Haugen 1-3 rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Dassel-Cokato: Lindquist (L) 3.2-5-8-1-6-1, Trever Kaiser 1.1-1-0-0-2-2 ... New London-Spicer: Cade Barrett 2-3-4-4-4-4, Brandon Adelman (W) 2.1-2-2-2-1-3, Roguske (Sv) 1.2-1-0-0-1-1

Mound Westonka 4, Litchfield 1

Mound Westonka scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead, which the White Hawks would hold for the remainder of the game held in a game that was scheduled to be played at Siebert Field in Minneapolis.

Because of weather, both games were played at Mound Westonka.

The Dragons used three pitchers to hold Mound Westonka to just two hits but four Litchfield fielding errors led to the scoring charge.

MW 000 310-4 5 2

Litchfield 001 000-1 4 4

Hitting - Mound Westonka: Sam Dufault 1-3 2b rbi ... Litchfield: Andrew Loch 1-3, Owen Boerema 1-3, Joe Pennertz 1-3 rbi, Max Tibbits 1-3, Riley DeWolf 0-1 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Mound Westonka: Evan Dahl (W) 6-4-1-1-1-1 ... Litchfield: Boerema 3-0-0-0-1-3, Afton Kaping (L) 2.1-5-4-2-1-0, Loch 1-0-0-0-0-1

Mound Westonka 1, Litchfield 0

Sam Dufault outdueled Litchfield's Owen Boerema thanks to his own run scored in the fourth inning for a 1-0 victory.

Afton Kaping doubled for one of the Dragons' four hits.

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MW 000 10x-1 3 1

Hitting - Litchfield: Max Tibbits 1-3, Owen Boerema 1-2, Afton Kaping 1-2 2b, Ezra Kaping 1-2 ... Mound Westonka: Sam Dufault 1-2 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Owen Boerema (L) 5-3-1-1-0-3 ... Mound Westonka: Dufault (W) 6-4-0-0-2-7

KMS 10, Minneota 1

KMS needed only four hits to rack up 10 runs, thanks in part to seven walks and efficient base running.

Dylan Rudningen earned the win from the bump, recording all but two outs in his five-inning start via strikeout. He finished the game with 13 strikeouts and zero walks.

Minneota 000 100 0-1 4 2

KMS 004 051 x-10 4 0

Hitting - Minneota: Thomas Hennen 1-3 2b rbi ... KMS: Weston Gjerde 0-2 r-2, Dylan Rudningen 0-3 r-2, Caleb Collins 1-3 2b rbi-3 r-2, Josh Peterson 1-3 rbi, Regan Carlson 0-2 rbi r, Ryan Torkelson 0-3 rbi r, Cade Melin 1-2 rbi r, Brandon Rasmusson 0-2 rbi, Isaac Call 1-2 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minneota: Sam Buysse (L) 4.1-3-6-4-3-3, Hennen 0.1-1-3-3-2-1, Austin Sorenson 1.1-0-1-1-2-2 ... KMS: Rudningen (W) 5-3-1-1-0-13, Weston Gjerde 2-1-0-0-1-3

Canby 5, YME 3

Evan Stoks struck out nine batters, drove in a pair of runs and scored twice to push Canby past Yellow Medicine East Tuesday night.

The Sting were limited to five hits, two of which came from Angel Jimenez. Jimenez struck out eight batters in five innings pitched.

YME 110 000 1-3 5 0

Canby 023 000 x-5 7 5

Hitting - YME: Bennett Knapper 0-3 r, Nick Lindstrom 1-3, Dalton Anderson 1-3, Angel Jimenez 2-3 2b r, Carter Sneller 0-1 r, Ayden Friese 1-3 rbi ... Canby: Evan Stoks 2-3 2b rbi-2 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - YME: Angel Jimenez (L) 5-7-5-5-0-8, Sneller 1-0-0-0-1-0 ... Canby: Stoks (W) 6-4-2-0-2-9, Chantz Engesmoe (Sv) 1-1-1-0-1-2

Melrose 8, Montevideo 4

Melrose opened a big lead in the first two innings and held off Montevideo in the second game of a WCC doubleheader on Tuesday in Montevideo.

Montevideo's Jackson Snell had two hits and drove in a run, John VanRavenswaay had two hits and scored twice and Seth Kuno had three RBIs.

Montevideo 010 210-4 8 4

Melrose 240 20x-8 8 1

Hitting - Montevideo: Chase Korte 1-4, Blaine Sederstrom 1-4, Noah Buseman 1-4 r, John VanRavenswaay 2-2 r-2, Jackson Snell 2-3 3b rbi r, Seth Kuno 0-3 rbi-3, Hunter Ward 1-2 ... Melrose: Jordan Orbeck 2-3 2b-2 rbi-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Montevideo: Korte (L) 1.2-7-6-2-0-0, Snell 2.1-1-2-0-1-3, Kuno 1-0-0-0-0-0 ... Melrose: Christian Botello 2.2-4-1-1-0-2, Damon Van Beck (W) 3-4-3-3-0-2

Montevideo 7, Melrose 3

Seven unearned run, all scored in the second inning, was all Montevideo would need to down Melrose in the first game of a West Central Conference doubleheader on Tuesday in Montevideo.

The Thunder Hawks' John VanRavenswaay and Jackson Snell both had hits and drove in two runs and Cade Weber had two hits and scored a run. Max Carruth worked a complete game, allowing two earned runs and striking out five.

Melrose 100 002-3 5 3

Montevideo 070 00x-7 6 2

Hitting - Melrose: Scott Ekola 1-3 r, Christian Botello 1-3 2b rbi-2 ... Montevideo: Noah Buseman 1-2 rbi r, John VanRavenswaay 1-2 rbi-2 r, Jackson Snell 1-3 rbi-2, Seth Kuno 1-1 r, Cade Weber 2-3 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Melrose: Sam Austing (L) 1.2-1-7-0-3-2, Botello 3.1-5-0-0-2-0 ... Montevideo: Max Carruth (W) 6-5-3-2-3-5

ACGC 11, Benson 1

Josh Kinzler threw a one-hitter and struck out six and Josh Kingery had a triple, a double and three RBIs in the Falcons' win over Benson on Tuesday.

David Kingery had two hits and scored three runs and Jaren Kaddatz had a double, drove in two runs and scored twice.

Benson 000 01-1 1 1

ACGC 443 0x-11 8 0

Hitting - Benson: Jared Knutson 1-3 ... ACGC: David Kingery 2-2 r-3, Jaren Kaddatz 1-1 2b rbi-2, r-2, Josh Kingery 2-3 3b 2b rbi-3 r, Noah Cunningham 1-3 rbi r, Elijah Albrecht 1-3 2b rbi, Jordan Schumater 1-1 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Dan Lenarz (L) 1-3-6-3-2-1, Matt Lenarz 1-2-2-2-2-1, Max Benson 1.1-3-3-3-2-1, Matthew Goossen 0.2-0-0-0-0-0 ... ACGC: Josh Kinzler (W) 5-1-1-1-3-6

Pierz 6, Paynesville 1

Paynesville 7,

Pierz 2 10 inn.

Pierz and Paynesville split a pair of Central Minnesota Conference games on Tuesday. No other information about the games was available when the Tribune went to press.