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Litchfield gets split with D-C

Litchfield's Aaron Valiant delivers to a Dassel-Cokato batter in the first game of a Wright County Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Litchfield. Valiant threw a complete-game shutout to lead the Dragons to a 3-0 win. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

LITCHFIELD -- Aaron Valiant went the distance and struck out six as Litchfield blanked Dassel-Cokato 3-0 in the first game of a Wright County Conference doubleheader on Tuesday.

Dassel-Cokato came to earn a split with a 9-8 win in nine innings.

In the opener, Shane Gutormson drove in the game's first run with a bases-loaded single in the third inning. Gutormson, Nick Buschette, Aaron Solbrack and Tyler Kielty had two hits each for the Dragons (5-4, 5-5).

Valiant walked one and struck out six in going the distance,.

In Game Two, a wild pitch allowed the eventual winning run to score.

Dassel-Cokato had strung together four singles together in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game.

Game One

Litchfield 3, Dassel-Cokato 0

Dassel-Cokato 000 000 0 -- 0 6 0

Litchfield 001 020 x -- 3 8 0

HITTING - Dassel-Cokato: Jake Hendrickson 1-for-2; Jordan Flick 1-for-3, 2b; Nate Lingl 2-for-3 ... Litchfield: Nick Buschette 2-for-3; Aaron Solbrack 2-for-2, rbi; Shane Gutormson 2-for-3, rbi; Tyler Kielty 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Dassel-Cokato: Jake Hendrickson (L) 6-8-3-3-0-3 ... Litchfield: Aaron Valiant (W) 7-6-0-0-1-6

Game Two

Dassel-Cokato 9, Litchfield 8

Litchfield 020 012 102 -- 8 9 3

Dassel-Cokato 201 201 003 -- 9 13 1

HITTING - Litchfield: Nic Johnson 3-for-5, 2 rbi; Brady Smith 1-for-3, 3 rbi; Eric Hulterstrum 1-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, rbi ... Dassel-Cokato: Jake Hendrickson 2-for-5 2 2b; Jordan Flick 3-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Litchfield: Kurt Gartner 5-7-6-5-2-2, David Yordi (L) 3Xc-6-3-3-1-2 ... Dassel-Cokato: Jordan Flick 5Xc-5-5-5-2-3; Impola (W) 3Zc-4-3-3-3-3