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Legion baseball: Willmar blanks Hector

Tribune photo by Ben Brewster Willmar Legion’s Cole Hagen smacks an RBI-triple in the third inning against the Hector Legion on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. 1 / 2
Tribune photo by Ben Brewster Hector Legion starter Mason Clark delivers a pitch against Willmar Legion in the first inning Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium. 2 / 2

WILLMAR — Willmar’s Brandon Christenson pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out nine to stifle the Hector bats and lift Willmar to a 4-0 win Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Austin Rambow doubled and drove in two runs and Cole Hagen belted an RBI-triple that nearly went over the right-field fence.

Christenson set the tone early, pitching around an error and a Ben Meiers single to strike out the side in the first inning. The single was one of only two hits he allowed.

Willmar took a 1-0 lead when Tim Rogers drew a one-out walk, and after a steal, scored on Rambow’s bloop single.

Hagen made it 2-0 in the third with his triple to score Tyler Stegeman, who had singled and stole second.

Willmar strung together three hits for two runs in the fifth to give Christenson a four-run cushion.

Mason Clark took the loss for Hector, allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out five.

Willmar improved to 7-5 and face BOLD 7 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Willmar 4, Hector 0

Hector  000 000 0 — 0 2 0

Willmar (7-5)      101 020 x — 4 7 4

HITTING – Hector: Ben Meiers 1-3, Mason Clark 1-3 … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 1-4, Cole Hagen 2-2, 3b, rbi, Austin Rambow 2-2, 2b, rbi-2, Brandon Christenson 1-3, rbi, Josh Warne 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hector: Mason Clark (L) 6-7-4-4-3-5 … Willmar: Brandon Christenson (W) 7-2-0-0-2-9