Yang, Elvers power Stingers past Express
WILLMAR - Eric Yang and Cal Elvers both hit home runs and combined to drive in seven runs as the Willmar Stingers defeated Eau Claire 12-5 on Monday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Yang hit a two-run home run in the Stingers' four-run first inning and Elvers hit a three-run bomb in a five-run third that broke open a 4-4 tie.
The Stingers added three more runs in the sixth inning on a Tyler Reichenborn double, John Trousdale's sacrifice fly and Jayson Newman's run-scoring single. Newman also drove in a run in the first on a sacrifice fly.
Reichenborn also had two hits and scored three runs.
Willmar's Jonathan McKinney worked five innings to get the win, allowing two earned runs on six hits. Relievers Braxton Johns and Bryant Claunch each worked two innings to close out the game.
The Stingers and Express wrap a two-game set at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and the Stingers hit the road to start at two-game set at Waterloo on Wednesday.
Eau Claire 5
Eau Claire 004 000 100-5 11 1
Willmar 405 003 00x-12 11 1
Hitting - Eau Claire: Scott Ogrin 2-4 2b rbi-2 r, David LaManna 3-4 rbi ... Willmar: Matt Rudick 1-3 r-2 bb-2, Caleb Ricca 1-3 2b r-2, Tyler Reichenborn 2-5 2b rbi r-3, John Trousdale 1-3 rbi r, Jayson Newman 2-3 rbi-2 r, Eric Yang 2-4 hr rbi-4 r-2, Cal Elvers 2-4 hr 2b rbi-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Eau Claire: Andrew Dean (L) 2-8-9-5-2-2, Colton Hale 3.1-2-3-3-3-3, Manny Castellano 2.2-1-0-0-1-2 ... Willmar: Jonathan McKinney (W) 5-6-4-2-2-2, Braxton Johns 2-1-1-1-1-1, Bryant Claunch 2-4-0-0-0-1
Isaac Call doubled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as Kerkhoven edged New London-Spicer on Monday in Kerkhoven.
NLS scored twice in the top of the inning to take the lead but Kerkhoven countered with two of its own for the walk-off victory.
NLS took a 2-0 lead in the third but Kerkhoven scored five runs in the bottom of the third.
NLS scored twice in the fifth but Kerkhoven's lead held until the seventh. NLS loaded the bases, scored the tying run on an error and the go-ahead run on Christian Lessman's sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Regan Carlson reached on catcher's interference, reached second on a wild pitch and Cade Melin singled him home with the tying run.
Ethan Hauge pinch ran for Melin and he came around to score the winning run on Isaac Call's two-out double.
Kerkhoven travels to play at Litchfield at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
NLS 002 020 2-6 12 4
Kerkhoven 005 000 2-7 11 1
Hitting - New London-Spicer: Mitch Krueger 2-4 2b r, Matt Spaulding 2-3 2b rbi-2 r-3, Derek Dolezal 3-3 rbi r, Jake Schmidt 1-3 rbi, Trent Rohloff 1-3 rbi, Christian Lessman 1-4, Ethan Haugen 2-3 r ... Kerkhoven: Weston Gjerde 1-4 r, Dylan Rudningen 0-2 rbi, Caleb Collins 1-2 r, Regan Carlson 1-3 2b rbi r-2, Josh Peterson 2-4 rbi-2, Brandon Rasmusson 1-4, Cade Melin 2-4 rbi r, Isaac Call 3-4 2b rbi, Ethan Hauge 0-0 r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Christian Lessman 5-9-5-2-1-2, Jon Kaelke (L) 1.2-2-2-1-2-1 ... Kerkhoven: Ryan Torkelson 6-11-4-4-2-2, Gjerde (W) 1-1-2-0-1-1
The Osakis Legion team scored the winning run in all three of its games at the Montevideo Tournament in the seventh inning, including in a 6-5 victory over New London-Spicer in the championship game on Sunday.
In the third-place game, Dakota Valley defeated Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 1-0.
First round scores: Osakis 6, Montevideo 5; DGF 5, Benson 0; NLS 6, Montevideo 3; Dakota Valley 9, Granite Falls 1.
Winners bracket scores: Osakis 2, DGF 1; NLS 10, Dakota Valley 0.
Losers bracket scores: Montevideo 9, Benson 8, DGF 5, Granite Falls 3. The remaining losers bracket games were cancelled because of rain.
Montevideo, which is putting the finishing touches on new dugouts, will be host to the Junior Legion Division II state tournament on Aug. 10-12.
Montevideo 9, Benson 8
Benson 220 030 1-8 9 2
Montevideo 013 301 1-9 8 3
Hitting - Benson: Will Enderson 3-4 2b rbi r-2, Patrick Minchow 1-4 2b, Danny Lenarz 1-4, Matthew Lenarz 1-4, Matt Goossen 1-4 2b, Brandon Osterbauer 1-2 rbi, Sam Lenarz 1-3 2b ... Montevidoe: Noah Buseman 2-3 rbi r-2, John VanRavenswaay 1-3 rbi-2, r-2, Jackson Snell 2-3 rbi-2, Seth Kuno 2-4 2b rbi, Tyler Blue 1-2 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: D. Lenarz (L) 6.2-8-9-6-6-7 ... Montevideo: Jordan Witzel 3-6-4-4-2-2, Kuno (W) 4-3-4-0-0-1
NLS 000 150 0-6 7 2
Montevideo 003 000 0-3 4 5
Hitting - New London-Spicer: Ethan Haugen 1-4 rbi, Matt Spaulding 1-4 2b rbi r-2, Derek Dolezal 1-4, Jake Schmidt 1-3, Trent Rohloff 2-4, Blake Vagle 1-2 r ... Montevideo: Chase Korte 1-2 r, Derek Kilibarda 1-2 2b rbi-2 r, Matt Fragodt 1-3 rbi, Hunter Ward 1-3 2b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - NLS: Trent Pientka (W) 7-4-3-1-2-3 ... Montevideo: Kilibarda (L) 4-2-5-3-4-5, Cade Weber 3-5-1-0-2-1
Osakis 6, Montevideo 5
Osakis 100 002 3-6 8 3
Montevideo 000 221 0-5 6 4
Hitting - Osakis: Hunter Infanger 2-3 rbi, Waylon Munenzhuber 2-2 r ... Montevideo: Noah Buseman 2-3 rbi, Jackson Snell 2-3 2b rbi, Derek Kilibarda 2-3 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Osakis: Carter Rost (W) 7-6-5-3-1-10 ... Montevideo: Max Carruth 5-6-2-1-4-5, Buseman (L) 1.2-1-4-3-4-2, Seth Kuno 0.1-1-0-0-1-0