WILLMAR - Jayden Dierenfeld and Caleb Owens combined to shutout Sauk Centre in a 3-0 Willmar Legion Post 167 win Monday night at Bill Taunton Stadium. Dierenfeld struck out seven while scattering six hits across four scoreless innings of work to earn the win before he gave way to Caleb Owens. Owens struck out three batters in three hitless innings for the save.
KERKHOVEN - Tri-Town methodically piled up runs to support three pitchers in a 9-1 victory over K-Town on Thursday. David Kingery had three hits, including two doubles, drove in a run and scored twice. Kingery also got the start, working five innings and allowing an unearned run and striking out four. Josh Kingery got the win, working the middle three innings and allowing just a hit and striking out four. Noah Cunningham worked a scoreless seventh inning.
DULUTH—The Willmar Stingers fought back for a tough win in a marathon game Tuesday night in Rochester but the aftereffects kicked in Wednesday as the Stingers dropped a pair to the Duluth Huskies. Duluth used a four-run fifth to take a 7-4 win in game one Wednesday and ran away with things in the second leg, topping Willmar 11-2.
WILLMAR - Willmar VFW Post 1639 held off a strong comeback effort from Benson Monday night at Bill Taunton Stadium to earn a 6-4 victory. Post 1639 put the game's first runs on the board following a misplayed bunt that allowed Chase Dirksen and Andrew Baumgart to score and take an early 2-0 lead. Hunter Magnuson reached third base after his bunt and scored on an Austin Bengtson sacrifice fly on the next play. Benson pulled one back when shortstop Pat Minchow laced a double over the left fielder's head, driving in Toby Gonnerman to cut the lead to 3-1.
STARBUCK - Raymond overcame a one-run deficit with two in the fourth inning, broke the game wide open with six more in the fifth and defeated Starbuck 11-3 on Wednesday night. Raymond's John Sawatzky had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs, and Jordan Smith had a pair of hits, he also doubled and drove in two runs. Eric Hulterstrum doubled twice, drove in a run and scored twice. Raymond's Jose Rosario worked five innings to get the win. Starbuck's Matt Gruber had two hits and scored a run and Austin Versteeg had a hit and an RBI.
BISMARCK - The Willmar Stingers scratched three runs across in the fifth inning to take the lead and put one back in the win column with a 4-2 win against Bismarck Tuesday night. Caleb Ricca tied things up with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning but that quickly became a 2-1 lead after a fielding error by Bismarck right fielder Dylan Rock allowed Jaxon Hallmark to score.
WILLMAR - Willmar VFW Post 1639 took a pair of games from Madison on Monday at Swansson Orange. Willmar took the second game 8-4 in a game halted after four innings. Post 1639 saw Madison tie the first game in the top of the seventh but Willmar's Jett Solanek hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the inning for a 5-4 win. In Game 2, Willmar's Ashton Gregory was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in and Carter Ochsendorf had a hit and two RBIs. Madison's Mason Clark had two hits and scored two runs.
WILLMAR - Willmar Legion Post 167 stumbled out of the starting gates to the summer season as Glenwood/Lowry used an early start to win 6-0 Monday evening. Glenwood/Lowry opened up the game with two runs in the first inning against Willmar starter Caleb Ditmarson and proved to be persistent, scoring three more runs for a 5-0 lead through three innings. Matthew Gruber, meanwhile, was lights-out, allowing just two hits in a complete game performance. He struck out nine Willmar batters and only walked two.
MINNEAPOLIS - The saying that baseball is a game of inches was on full display Thursday in Willmar's Class AAA quarterfinal against Alexandria.
David Ditmarson was losing a lot of weight. As a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, he was always an active person who enjoyed the outdoors. That's what made his 60-pound weight loss all the more alarming. As a precaution, David went to a doctor to check things out in November. His blood tests were normal and he felt fine aside from the weight loss. Doctors scanned his pancreas, though, and found a mass. It was cancer.