Willmar earns two CLC wins at Sartell
SARTELL -- Willmar got timely hitting, solid pitching and nearly error-free fielding to sweep Central Lakes Conference foe Sartell 6-5 and 4-2 on Tuesday at Champions Field.
The game matched teams that were both 4-1 in league games. Sartell came in 6-1 overall and Willmar 5-3.
Willmar trailed Game One 2-1 in the sixth. Logan Birkland singled in John Sawatzky to tie it 2-2.
After Willmar's Justin Hamann pinch hit and moved the runner along, Andrew Bangen singled in Birkland for a 3-2 lead.
Each team scored three times in the seventh inning.
Matt Odom doubled, Jordan Smith was walked intentionally and Alec Saunders singled. Birkland singled in two runs and Hamann, who stayed in the game, knocked in the third for a 6-2 lead.
Sartell rallied against Smith with four hits, but Smith got the final out on a strikeout with two on.
In Game Two, Smith hit a solo homer, Saunders knocked in two runs and Josh Oestreich a single run.
Hamann went the first five innings, permitting one run, for the win and Bangen got the save.
Willmar had only one error over the two games.
Matt Odom's four hits included two doubles.
Willmar 6, Sartell 5
Willmar 000 102 3 -- 6 11 1
Sartell 000 110 3 -- 5 6 1
HITTING - Willmar: Matt Odom 2-for-4, 2b; Jordan Smith 2-for-3, 2 runs; Alec Saunders 1-for-4, John Sawatzky 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Logan Birkland 2-for-4, 3 rbi; Justin Hamann 1-for-2, rbi; Andrew Bangen 1-for-2, rbi ... Sartell: Adam Wenker 1-for-2, 2b, rbi; Ben Omann 1-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Jordan Smith (W) 7-6-5-4-7-7 ... Sartell: Cole Jenkins (L) 6-7-3-0-2-6, Peter Botini 1-4-3-3-1-0
Willmar 4, Sartell 2
Sartell 000 011 0 -- 2 9 2
Willmar 101 011 x -- 4 6 0
HITTING - Sartell: Tony Schmitz 2-for-3, 3b, rbi; Bryce Frank 1-for-3, 2b; Ben Omann 2-for-3; Sam Tillman 2-for-4 ... Willmar: Matt Odom 2-for-3, 2b; Jordan Smith 1-for-2, solo HR, rbi; Alec Saunders 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Josh Oestreich 1-for-1, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sartell: Tony Schmitz (L) 5-4-3-2-3-5, Nick Krippner 1-2-1-0-0-0 ... Willmar: Justin Hamann (W) 5-6-1-1-0-2, Scott Skaalerud 1-2-1-1-1-0, Andrew Bangen (S) 1-1-0-0-0-1