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Legion baseball roundup: Willmar tops GFW

Willmar Legion’s Brandon Christenson slides safely into home on a double steal to tie the score 2-2 against Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop on Monday at Swansson Field in Willmar. Willmar won 6-3. See Page B3 for more. Tribune photo by Ben Brewster

WILLMAR — Adam Nibaur struck out eight and Tyler Stegeman had three hits as the Willmar Legion team beat Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 6-3 on Monday at Swansson Field in Willmar.

Willmar scored the eventual winning run in the bottom of the fourth on Austin Smith’s RBI double to score Stegeman and break a 3-3 tie.

Smith scored on Tony McCleary’s single, and Willmar added one more in the fifth on Brett Swanson’s fielder’s choice to score Evan VanDenEinde.

Nibaur gave up two runs in the first, but Willmar immediately came back to tie it when Stegeman led off with a bunt single. He advanced to second on a sac bunt and scored on Brandon Christenson’s single.

After VanDenEinde walked, Christenson came home on a double steal to tie it 2-2.

Willmar also scored in the second on Stegeman’s RBI single.

Nibaur went the distance, allowing one earned run and walking none.

Willmar 6, GFW 3

GFW...........................201 000 0 — 3 3 1

Willmar......................210 210 x — 6 9 3

HITTING – GFW: Black 2-3, 2b, Howe 1-3, rbi-2 … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 3-4, rbi, Smith 1-2, rbi, Tony McCleary 2-4, rbi, Brandon Christenson 1-3, rbi, Evan VanDenEinde 1-3, Cole Hagen 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — GFW: Tanner Buettner (L) 5-9-6-5-2-3; Ryan Klabunde 1-1-0-0-0-3 … Willmar: Adam Nibaur (W) 7-3-3-1-0-8

Prinsburg 9, SH/MACCRAY 1

PRINSBURG — Sam Ohden slugged a grand slam and T.J. Stoel pitched five effective innings to help Prinsburg topple Sacred Heart/MACCRAY 9-1 Monday.

The Orioles, who picked up their first win, scored in every inning except for the third and sixth. Stoel helped his own cause by hitting an RBI double in the first, the same frame that Matt Meyer also hit an RBI double.

Ohden then put Prinsburg ahead 6-0 with a grand slam in the second. Stoel capped the scoring with an RBI groundout in the fifth.

Grant Hoekstra scored four times, stole three bases and supplied two singles for Prinsburg.

Stoel held the visiting Scarlets to two hits while walking two and fanning two. His only costly mistake was surrendering a solo home run to Jacob Aviles in the fifth. Austin Bulthuis preserved the win by pitching two scoreless innings of relief.

The Orioles host Madison at 6 p.m. Thursday at Prinsburg City Field.

SH/MACCRAY...........000 010 0 — 1 3 2

Prinsburg.................240 210 x — 9 7 2

HITTING – Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Jacob Aviles 2-3 solo hr rbi, Carter Asche 1-3 … Prinsburg: Grant Hoekstra 2-2 runs-4 sb-3, T.J. Stoel 2-3 2b runs-3 rbi-2, Sam Ohden 2-3 grand slam hr run rbi-4, Matt Meyer 1-4 2b rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Tyler Moffenbier (L) 3-5-7-7-4-5, Griffin Schaub 3-2-2-2-4-4 … Prinsburg: Stoel (W) 5-2-1-1-2-2, Austin Bulthuis 2-1-0-0-1-2

Madison 2,

Montevideo 1

Madison strung together four hits for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to rally past Montevideo.

Cole Bungarden started it with a one-out single. Pinch hitter Daniel Baldwin followed with a single, and after the second out, pinch hitter Jordan Long singled to score Bungarden.

That brought up Austin Domeier, who doubled over the left fielder’s head to bring in Baldwin with the game-winner.

Brandon Hill pitched a complete game and struck out seven to pick up the win.

Madison (7-0) next plays Thursday at Prinsburg.

Montevideo..............010 000 0 — 1 4 0

Madison (7-0)...........000 000 2 — 2 7 1

HITTING – Montevideo: Zac Enevoldsen 1-4, Ricky Schmitz 2-2, Jordan Thompson 1-2, 2b, Tristan Weber 0-3, rbi … Madison: Austin Haas 1-3, Garrett Olson 1-3, Ty Kanstrup 1-3, Cole Bungarden 1-3, Daniel Baldwin 1-1, Jordan Long 1-1, rbi, Austin Domeier 1-3, 2b, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Montevideo: Jordan Thompson (L) 6.2-7-2-2-0-7 … Madison: Brandon Hill (W) 7-4-1-1-4-7

Hutchinson 18,

Tri-Town 1

Hutchinson put the game out of reach in the fourth inning as the home team sent up 14 batters to the plate, manufacturing 10 runs behind eight hits.

Tri-Town (0-2) scored its lone run in the top half of the frame when Payton Kinzler tripled to lead things off and came home on Brody Larson’s groundout. The Black Sox’s only other hit came an inning later when Ethan Schultz doubled.

Tri-Town hosts Hector on Thursday in Atwater at 7 p.m.

Tri-Town (0-2)   000 10 —  1   2  0

Hutchinson...........071 (10)x — 18 15 0

HITTING – Tri-Town: Payton Kinzler 1-2 3b, Ethan Schultz 1-1 2b … Hutchinson: Keegan Macemon 3-4 2b 3b rbi-4, Matt Keiser 3-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Tri-Town: Brody Larson (L) 2-6-7-7-3-1, Derek Dengerud 1.1-5-6-6-1-0, Kinzler 0.2-4-5-5-2-0 … Hutchinson: Mitchell Kurth (W) 5-2-1-1-2-3

Morris 10, Wheaton 7

Eight batters visited the plate in the fifth inning for Morris to put the visitors ahead for good. Sean Amundson tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth by drawing a bases-loaded walk and Riley Biesterfeld followed with a hit that went over the centerfielder’s head for a three-run double.

Biesterfeld also worked all seven innings on the mound to earn the win for Morris (2-2). Biesterfeld surrendered 12 hits, but only gave up two earned runs while striking out three.

Morris, which scored twice in the first, put three runs on the board in the fourth behind Bryce Jergenson’s two-run homer and Jared Anderson’s RBI single.

Morris (2-2)..........200 340 1 — 10 11 2

Wheaton...............013 200 1 —  7  12 2

HITTING – Morris: Bryce Jergenson 3-5 2b 2 run hr runs-2 rbi-3, Sean Amundson 2-4 runs-2 rbi-2, Riley Biesterfeld 1-4 2b run rbi-3, Brady Jergenson 2-4, Jared Anderson 1-3 rbi, Travis Engebretson 1-3, Robert Rohloff 1-4 runs-3 … Wheaton: Justin Coffman 2-4 run rbi, Braden Krump 2-4 3b runs-2, Brad Dahlen 2-4 rbi, Brayden Lampe 2-4 rbi-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Morris: Biesterfeld (W) 7-12-7-2-2-3 … Wheaton: Cameron Maudal 1-2-2-1-1-2, Dahlen 3-5-3-3-3-3, Coffman (L) 3-4-5-4-2-2

Litchfield 6,

NL-Spicer 5

Winning pitcher Russ Wendlandt singled in Kal Volinkaty, who singled and stole second base leading off the inning, with the go-ahead run in the sixth for Litchfield.

The victors also got a two-run homer from Austin Larson and an RBI doubles from Volinkaty and Eddie Estrada.

Ryan Vraa singled in a run in the first for New London-Spicer.

Litchfield.................023 001 0 — 6 10 3

NLS.........................112 010 0 — 5 10 0

HITTING – Litchfield: Jake Schultz 1-3, Eddie Estrada 2-3 2b-2 rbi, Austin Larson 1-4 2 run hr rbi-2, Kal Volinkaty 2-4 2b rbi, Ross Wendlandt 1-3 rbi, Hunter Czycalla 2-3, Luke Schultz 1-3 … NLS: Alex Groff 1-3, Lucas Nordmeyer 1-3, Ryan Vraa 1-4 rbi, Michael Arnold 2-4, Brett Olson 1-3, Tyson Gislason 2-4, Jonny DeGeest 1-4, Josh Soine 1-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Litchfield: Larson 4-8-4-2-1-0, Wendlandt (W) 3-2-1-1-1-1 … NLS: Nordmeyer 4-5-5-5-1-4, Vraa 1-1-0-0-1-1, Gislason (L) 1-4-1-1-0-2, DeGeest 1-0-0-0-0-1

Hutchinson 10, BOLD 0

Hutchinson banged out 11 hits for 10 runs in five innings, as BOLD fell in its season opener.

BOLD next plays Thursday against Ely at home.

BOLD (0-1).....................000 00 — 0 4 0 

Hutchinson.................204 13 — 10 11 0

HITTING – BOLD: Trent Athmann 1-3, Lane Stadther 1-3, Joel Erickson 1-1, Max Buchtel 1-2 … Hutchinson: Fernando Villegas 3-3, 2b-2, Jaden Juergensen 3-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — BOLD: Trent Athmann (L) 3-6-6-6-1-4; Ben Steffel 1.2-5-4-4-2-0 … Hutchinson: Juergensen (W) 5-4-0-0-2-2