Post 167 rides big innings to win
WILLMAR - Willmar turned a tight pitchers' duel into a blowout, scoring nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings and defeating Tri-Town 10-2 on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Post 167's Kaden Kessler-Gross was 2-for-2 with two walks, drove in two runs and scored three times.
Tyler Johnson was 3-for-4 and scored twice, and Jack Baumgart, Jon Broman and Blake VanDenEinde all had two hits.
Willmar's Tyler Johnson worked six innings to get the win. He allowed two runs on four hits and he struck out six.
Tri-Town's David Kingery had two hits and Josh Kingery and Josh Kinzler both had hits and drove in runs.
Tri-Town 002 000 0-2 5 2
Willmar 010 045 x-10 13 1
Hitting - Tri-Town: David Kingery 2-3, Kobe Holtz 0-1 r bb-2, Josh Kingery 1-3 rbi, Josh Kinzler 1-3 rbi, Jordan Schumacher 1-2 r ... Willmar: Wade Fischer 1-1 rbi, Caleb Ditmarson 1-4 2b r, Jack Baumgart 2-4 r-2, Jon Broman 2-4, Tyler Johnson 3-4 r-2, Kaden Kessler-Gross 2-2 rbi-2 r-3 bb-2, Avery Smith 0-3 r, Alex Backes 0-0 r, Gunnar Banks 0-3 rbi, Blake VanDenEinde 2-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Tri-Town: Josh Kingery 4-4-1-1-3-7, Kinzler (L) 2-9-9-4-1-4 ... Willmar: Tyler Johnson (W) 6-4-2-2-4-6, Ditmarson 1-1-0-0-0-1
BOLD 6, SH/M 3
Hayden Tersteeg pitched a solid game and BOLD erased a two-run deficit with a four-run fifth inning on Thursday in Bird Island.
Luke Ryan had two hits, including a triple, and scored twice and Tersteeg helped his cause with two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Braeden Tersteeg also had two hits and Reed Stadther had two RBIs.
SH/M 012 000 0-3 4 5
BOLD 010 041 x-6 7 1
Hitting - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Corbin Wohlman 1-2, Jack Howard 0-3 r, Spencer Wohlman 1-3 r, Gabe Henker 1-2 r, Tyler Rice 0-2 rbi, Jacob Grund 1-3 rbi ... BOLD: Luke Ryan 2-4 3b r-2, Hayden Tersteeg 2-3 rbi r, James Woelfel 0-3 r, Jack Peppel 0-2 r, Braeden Tersteeg 2-2 r, Cade Morse 1-3, Reed Stadther 0-1 rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Eli Aaker (L) 4-5-4-3-3-2, S. Wohlman 2-2-2-1-1-2 ... BOLD: H. Tersteeg (W) 7-4-3-1-1-6
A day after getting blasted right out of the game, the Willmar Stingers pitching staff responded with a gem and the Stingers got out of Waterloo with win on Thursday.
The Stingers gave up eight runs in the first two innings against Waterloo on Wednesday, but the Bucks didn't sniff a run on Thursday. Waterloo managed six hits, all singles.
Starter and winner Matt Ornelas allowed five hits and struck out two in six innings. Braxton Johns worked one scoreless inning and Nick Mears got the save with two perfect innings. He didn't issue a walk and struck out three.
The Stingers' defense was a key player in the shutout. They turned a double play to get out of the second inning, and center fielder Jaxon Hallmark threw to catcher Eli Wilson to get Waterloo's Angelo Altavilla at the plate for the third out in the fourth.
Willmar turned another double play to end the sixth inning, and Mears set the Bucks down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Willmar's Jayson Newman doubles to lead off the fifth inning and he later scored on Sebastian Samuels' double to left field.
The Stingers added a run in the sixth when they loaded the bases and Nic Hernandez scored on Shea Kramer's sacrifice fly to right.
The Stingers play the first game of a home-and-home with Mankato on the MoonDogs' home park at 7:05 p.m. Friday. The teams travel to Willmar for Game 2 at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Willmar 000 011 000-2 9 0
Waterloo 000 000 000-0 6 0
Hitting - Willmar: Matt Rudick 2-4, Nic Hernandez 2-4 r, Jayson Newman 3-4 2b r, Shea Kramer 0-2 rbi, Sebastian Samuels 1-3 2b rbi ... Waterloo: Trey Leonard 2-3, Tate Samuelson 2-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Matt Ornelas (W) 6-5-0-0-3-2, Braxton Johns 1-1-0-0-0-1, Nick Mears (Sv) 2-0-0-0-0-3 ... Waterloo: Blake Walden (L) 5-6-2-2-3-2, Joshua Culliver 2-1-0-0-1-2, Karl Hirsch 2-2-0-0-1-2