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VFW Baseball: Willmar I cruises in playoff opener

WILLMAR — Cole Christensen and Isaac Kobienia combined on a one-hitter and the Willmar VFW team advanced in the District 5 tournament with an 11-5 win over the Alexandria 15s on Tuesday.

Willmar rapped out 14 hits, led by Christensen, who was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs batted in and three runs scored.

Jacob Robinson was 3-for-4 with an RBI and he scored twice, and Josh Tinklenberg was 2-for-4 with a run.

Zach Horman was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and Brett Swanson had a hit and drove in three runs.

Willmar plays the Alexandria 16s in the second round of the winners’ bracket at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Spicer.

Willmar 11, Alexandria 15s 5

Alex 15s               300 011 0 —  5   1  0 

Willmar 033 014 x — 11 14 6 

HITTING – Alex 15s: Wijtres 1-4 … Willmar: Brett Swanson 1-5 rbi-3, Austin Smith 1-4, Brandon Wedel 1-3 r, Josh Tinklenberg 2-4 r, Jacob Robinson 3-4 rbi r-2, Isaac Kobienia 1-2 r-3, Cole Christensen 3-3 rbi-3 r-3, Zach Horman 2-2 rbi-3 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Alex 15s: Gesell (L) 3-5-6-6-3-0, Wijtres 3-8-5-5-1-5 … Willmar: Christensen (W) 5-1-5-5-4-3, Koienia 2-0-0-0-0-3