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Legion Baseball: Willmar holds on down stretch to clip Litchfield

(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Willmar American Legion pitcher Nathanial Swoyer delivers to the plate during the fourth inning against Litchfield at Swansson Orange on Monday. The right-hander pitched the first eight innings for the win.

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Legion piled up a seven-run lead on Litchfield and needed most of that to down the visiting Legion team 10-8 on Monday evening at Swansson Orange.

Trailing 10-3, Litchfield rallied for five runs in the top of the eight inning.

Edward Estrada's double followed by two walks off Willmar starter Nathanial Swoyer set the stage for a big inning. Austin Jones and Nic Buschette delivered RBI hits before Swoyer got his 10th strikeout to end the inning.

Damon Ruter pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

Willmar (2-0) had three big innings, scoring four in the fourth, three in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Ryan Horning, batting leadoff, had a two-run single in the Post 167's four-run fourth, a sac fly in the sixth and a run-producing double in the seventh.

Jake Rambow, Jake Damhoff and Derrick Loiselle each finished with two hits.

Estrada and Brady Smith, the losing pitcher, each got two hits for Litchfield, which will host Montevideo this evening.

Willmar will host Kerkhoven on Thursday.

Willmar 10, Litchfield 8

Litchfield 100 002 050 -- 8 10 3

Willmar 000 403 30x -- 10 11 4

HITTING - Litchfield: Nic Buschette 2-for-5, 2 rbi; Zach Kinny 1-for-2, Edward Estrada 2-for-2, 2b, 2 runs; Brady Smith 2-for-3, rbi; Clint Hannes 1-for-5, Tyler Larson 1-for-2; Derek Koll 1-for-2; Austin Jones 1-for-3, rbi ... Willmar: Ryan Horning 2-for-4, 2b, 4 rbi; Jake Rambow 2-for-5, rbi; Dean Stier 2-for-4; Jason Gunvalson 1-for-4; Damon Ruter 1-for-4, 2b; Nathanial Swoyer 1-for-4; Jake Damhof 2-for-3, 3 runs, rbi; Derrick Loiselle 2-for-3, 2 runs, SF, 2 rbi, 2 sb

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Litchfield: Brady Smith 6-8-7-3-3-7, Dave Hamm 2-5-3-3-0-1 ... Willmar: Nathanial Swoyer (W) 8-9-10-6-3-11, Damon Ruter (S) 1-1-0-0-0-2