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Prep Baseball: Hutchinson too much for Cardinals

WILLMAR — Hutchinson got its offense going early, thanks in part to Willmar errors, and the Tigers defeated the Cardinals 11-2 in a non-conference game on Monday at Baker Field.

The Tigers scored five in each of the first two innings, and pitcher Thomas Eltgroth allowed just three hits and struck out seven.

“The defense fell apart and we gave up six unearned runs,” said Cardinals head coach Mark Stier. “Hutchinson came out hitting hard and, throw in a few errors and a few bleeders and we’re down 10-0.”

Gannon Jordahl and Jayden Fleck both had two hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers.

Austin Smith, Cole Hagen and Adam Nibaur had the Cardinals’ hits, with Smith driving in one run and scoring the other.

The Cardinals play at Sauk Rapids today starting at 5 p.m.

Hutchinson 11, Willmar 2

Hutchinson         550 010 0 — 11 12 2

Willmar 002 000 0 —   2  3  5 

HITTING – Hutchinson: Keegan Macemore 1-4 2b r-2, Gannon Jordahl 2-5 2b rbi-2 r-2, Jayden Fleck 2-2 rbi-2, Marcus Hahn 2-2, Fernando Villegas 1-1 rbi r-2 … Willmar: Austin Smith 1-3 rbi r, Cole Hagen 1-3, Adam Nibaur 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Hutchinson: Thomas Eltgroth (W) 7-3-2-1-1-7 … Willmar: Zach Radermacher (L) 1.2-10-10-5-2-1, Brandon Wedel 3-2-1-0-4-3, Hagen 2.1-1-0-0-0-0