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Early surge sends Willmar VFW to win

ATWATER - The Willmar VFW team unloaded on Atwater pitching early and Post 1639 came away with an 11-4 win on Friday.

Willmar's Ashton Gregory had two doubles and scored a run, and Asaiah Smith and Jett Solanek both had two hits and scored twice. Adam Bengtson doubled and drove in three runs.

Tanner Bauman and Dylan Arndorfer both had hits and drove in two runs, with Bauman scoring two runs and Arndorfer scoring once.

Four Post 1639 pitchers combined to allow just four unearned runs on four hits and they struck out 10. Reliever Sam Huseby got the win.

Willmar 11,

Atwater 4

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Atwater 010 030 000-4 4 3

Hitting - Willmar: Joe Price 1-2, Asaiah Smith 2-3 r-2, Ashton Gregory 2-4 2b-2 r, Jett Solanek 2-2 r-2, Zach Schultz 0-1 rbi r-2, Tanner Bauman 1-2 rbi-2 r-2, Jack Roehl 0-2 rbi r, Luke Sellmann 1-3, Dylan Arndorfer 1-2 rbi-2 r, Adam Bengtson 1-1 2b rbi-3 ... Atwater: Not available

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Andrew Baumgart 2-1-1-0-2-4, Sam Huseby (W) 2-2-0-0-2-3, Arndorfer 0.1-0-3-0-2-0, Bengtson 2.2-1-0-0-0-3 ... Atwater: Not available

Amateur Baseball

Starbuck 7,

Elrosa 5

A ninth-inning Elrosa error helped Starbuck score the go-ahead and winning runs in the Stars' win on Friday night in Elrosa.

Michael Gruber had two hits and drove in three runs, and he pitched 2-1/3 scoreless innings, striking out four, to get the win.

Mike Andreas, who scored the winning run in the ninth, had three hits and drove in a run.

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Elrosa 100 031 000-5 8 5

Hitting - Starbuck: Michael Gruber 2-4 2b rbi-3, Andrew Toop 1-4 r, Austin Versteeg 1-4 2b r, Mike Andreas 3-5 rbi r, Justin Amundson 1-5 r, Colin Richards 0-4 r-2, Matt Gruber 2-4 2b rbi r ... Elrosa: Not provided

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Starbuck: Andrew Toop 5-3-4-3-5-2, Matt McIver 1.2-3-1-1-3-1, Michael Gruber (W) 2.1-2-0-0-0-4 ... Elrosa: Not provided

College Baseball

Mankato 5,

Willmar 1

Zac Wiley homered, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice to lead Mankato to a win over the Willmar Stingers on Friday night at Franklin Rogers Park.

Mankato starter and winner Jonathan Ludwig allowed just an unearned run on four hits while striking out six in six innings to get the win. Reliever Alden Huschle worked the final two innings to get a save.

Willmar's Caleb Ricca had two hits and Jayson Newman singled in the Stingers' only run in the first inning.

The Stingers and MoonDogs play the second game in a home-and-home series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Mankato 210 000 11x-5 6 2

Hitting - Willmar: Matt Rudick 0-4 r, Tyler Reichenborn 1-4, Jayson Newman 1-4 rbi, Caleb Ricca 2-3, Eric Yang 1-4, Joey Ortiz 1-4 ... Mankato: Kyle MacDonald 1-3 r, Zac Wiley 2-4 hr 2b rbi r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Nick Dentoni (L) 7-5-4-3-3-1, Dylan Oliver 1-1-1-1-2-0 ... Mankato: Jonathan Ludwig (W) 6-4-1-0-1-6, Brett Newberg 1-0-0-0-0-0, Alden Huschle (Sv) 2-2-0-0-0-2

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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