LITCHFIELD - Willmar starting pitcher Ross VanHauen and three relievers combined to shut out Litchfield Thursday as Post 167 cruised to a 9-0 win in Legion baseball. VanHauen shook off four walks in six innings of work while Alex Lotthammer, Matt Seehusen and Matt Roisum all hurled one scoreless inning of relief. The pitcher corps got plenty of support as Willmar collected 12 hits, two each from Kyle Townswick, Tyler Horning, Josh Dahlke and Jason Otte. Litchfield had plently of chances to get on the scoreboard despite getting only four hits.
KERKHOVEN - With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Justin Johnson hit a ground ball that the first baseman couldn't handle, allowing Adam Lesteberg to score the winning run as Kerkhoven upended New London-Spicer 7-6 in Legion baseball Thursday. NLS had taken a 3-0 lead after a three-run second, but Kerkhoven answered back by scoring five runs in the bottom half of the frame. Kerkhoven got RBI singles from Lesteberg and Grant Johnson and a bases-loaded walk from Justin Johnson in the inning. Darrin Carlson and Paul Beckman had two hits each for Kerkhoven, which improved to 2-0.
BROWNTON - Gregg Helin knocked in the eventual winning run with a single in the seventh as Bird Island advanced to the championship game of the Brownton Tournament by upending the host 7-5 Thursday. After Helin's two-single put the Islanders (7-4) up 6-3, Brownton plated two runs in the bottom half of the seventh. But Kyle Bruns added an insurance run in the eighth after coming home on an error. Bird Island will play today's Waconia/Hutchinson winner on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
ATWATER - An error in the eighth inning led to the winning run as Atwater rallied past Kingston 6-5 in a non-league game Wednesday evening. Michael Malvin reached on an error with two outs in the eighth and scored on Josh Cunningham's double to left. Cunningham went 4-for-5 while Zach Cunningham, Ryan Mahn and Mike Walsh all had hits for Atwater. Mahn tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh for the Chuckers (4-5) with a two-out solo home run to center field. Jesse Hentges scattered eight hits, three earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts to pick up the win. Atwater 6, Kingston 5
Prep Baseball CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT At St. Cloud Paynesville vs. Mora at Dick Putz Field, 12:30 p.m. Morris vs. Maple River at Joe Faber Field, 12:30 p.m. Legion Baseball New London-Spicer at Kerkhoven, 6 p.m. Benson at Lowry, 6:30 p.m. BOLD at Eden Valley, 6:30 p.m. Willmar at Litchfield, 6:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Cottonwood, 7 p.m. Sacred Heart at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. Amateur Baseball NON-LEAGUE Bird Island at Browntown, 7:30 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation is hosting a Baseball Clinic for grades 3-6 run by Willmar high school coach Brad Dean from June 19-23 at North Swansson Field Complex from 9 a.m.-noon. Players will be instructed on hitting, fielding, throwing and base running. The cost is $35 per player, including a camp t-shirt. Register at the WCER office, calling 320-231-8490 or paying the day of the clinic.
Brett Olson, 10, of Olivia placed second at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Championship Sunday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Olson qualified after placing first in his age group at a local competition June 3 in Veseli, Minn. The program, in its 10th year of existence, is designed to provide youth across North America with integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.
WILLMAR - The Willmar American Legion team opened their District 7 schedule on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium with a 17-1 victory over Eden Valley. Post 167 did all their scoring in the third and fourth innings to wipe out a 1-0 Eden Valley lead after two. Jeremy Elkjer pitched all five innings for Willmar. He gave up two singles. The Eden Valley run was unearned. The eight-run third started with a walk to Tom Seedorf followed by a Jason Otte single to right that was misplayed allowing Seedorf to take third and Otte to get to second. Kyle Birkland flied deep to center to bring in Seedorf.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation has cancelled its Setter, Hitter and Libero Volleyball Camp scheduled for June 14-15 at Roosevelt Elementary. Fees already paid will be refunded.
Schedules for all area American Legion baseball teams should be sent to the Tribune as soon as possible. There are still a few that have not sent their schedule in. Fax to 320-235-6769 or e-mail to email@example.com