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Prep baseball: Litchfield blasts Zimmerman

Tribune photo by Tom Larson Litchfield’s Eddie Estrada rips a run-scoring single in the second inning of a Section 5AA-West game against Zimmerman on Friday at Optimist Field in Litchfield. Estrada was 5-for-5 and later hit an RBI triple off the centerfield fence in the Dragons’ 15-5 victory.

LITCHFIELD — Eddie Estrada went 5-for-5 with four RBIs, and the Litchfield Dragons thrashed Zimmerman 15-5 in the Section 5AA-West quarterfinals on Friday.

The Dragons play Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in the subsection semifinals 7 p.m. Tuesday at Delano.

The Dragons put up a four-spot in the first inning off Zimmerman starter Mitchel Mossman capped by a Riley Johnson two-run double.

They led 8-5 by the fourth inning, and then put up seven in the sixth inning to end the game.

Five different Dragons had multiple hits, including Cody Klabunde (two hits, three runs), Braeden Wahl (three hits, two runs, two RBIs) and Brandon Behnke (two hits, three RBIs).

Estrada’s five-hit night featured a triple and three runs scored.

Ross Wendlandt picked up the win in relief with three scoreless innings.

Litchfield 15, Zimmerman 5

Zimmerman        131 000 — 5 10 1

Litchfield             410 307 — 15 19 1

HITTING – Zimmerman: Steiskl 2-3, r, Christopherson 2-3, r, Quigley 1-3, rbi-2 … Litchfield: Jake Schultz 1-4, r-3, 2b, rbi, Cody Klabunde 2-4, r-3, 2b, Eddie Estrada 5-5, r-3, rbi-4, 3b, Braeden Wahl 3-5, r-2, rbi-2, Brandon Behnke 2-3, rbi-3, 2b, Sam Renner 3-4, Riley Johnson 1-3, rbi-3, 2b, Andy Schneider 1-3, 2b, Dylan Kotzer 1-3, r-2, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Zimmerman: Mitchel Mossman (L) 3-8-8-5-4-1; Zach Ruprecht 2-6-4-4-0-1; Taylor Snow 0.2-5-3-3-0-1 … Litchfield: Austin Larson 3-9-5-3-0-2; Ross Wendlandt (W) 3-1-0-0-0-3