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Prep Baseball: Homers propel Litchfield past Annandale in 5AA

DELANO -- Litchfield popped two home runs and scored all nine of its runs in the first three innings to advance in the Section 5AA baseball tournament Tuesday.

The Dragons (13-9) will play the winner of the Big Lake vs. Dassel-Cokato game at 7 p.m. today in Delano.

Eric Hulterstrum smash-ed a three-run home run in the first inning as Litchfield plated six to take a 6-2 lead.

Tyler Kielty launched a solo homer in the second for an 8-4 lead.

Litchfield starter Aaron Valiant settled down after the first two innings. He allowed four runs in the first two innings, then none his next four. He finished with seven hits allowed, seven walks and two strikeouts.

Litchfield 9, Annandale 4

Annandale 220 000 0 -- 4 8 6

Litchfield 621 000 x -- 9 9 2

HITTING - Annandale: Koshiol 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Mike Starke 2-for-4 ... Litchfield: Nick Buschette 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2b; Aaron Solbrack 1-for-4; Shane Gutormson 2-for-4, rbi; Eric Hulterstrum 2-for-4, 3-run HR, 4 rbi; Tyler Kielty 2-for-4, solo HR, rbi; Matt Spreiter 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Annandale: Wagener (L) 4-8-9-3-1-1; Thompson 1-0-0-0-0-0; Champlin 1-1-0-0-0-2 ... Litchfield: Aaron Valiant (W) 6-7-4-0-7-2; Brady Smith 1-1-0-0-1-1