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Legion Baseball: Willmar 1-1 on first day of Duluth Invite

DULUTH -- Willmar was nipped by Rosetown 2-1 in its opening pool-play game at the Duluth Invitational Friday, then came back to whip Andover 10-2. Willmar (10-5) will take on Duluth Lakeview in the final pool game at 8:30 a.m. today. Rosetown 2, ...

DULUTH -- Willmar was nipped by Rosetown 2-1 in its opening pool-play game at the Duluth Invitational Friday, then came back to whip Andover 10-2.

Willmar (10-5) will take on Duluth Lakeview in the final pool game at 8:30 a.m. today.

Rosetown 2, Willmar 1

Rosetown loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, then plated the winning run on a throwing error.

Willmar scored its lone run in the sixth inning when Kyle Birkland singled, advanced on Josh Dahlke's grounder and scored on Tyler Horning's single.

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Ross VanHauen took the loss.

Willmar.........................000 001 0 - 1 6 1

Rosetown.....................001 000 1 - 2 9 1

HITTING - Willmar: Kyle Birkland 1-for-3; Tyler Horning 1-for-3, rbi; Ross VanHauen 2-for-3; Tom Seedorf 1-for-3; Kyle Townswick 1-for-1 ... Rosetown: Forsythe 3-for-3, 2 runs; Liebra 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Ross VanHauen (L) 6Zc-9-2-1-1-3 ... Rosetown: Strecker (W) 7-6-1-1-1-3

Willmar 10, Andover 2

Willmar rapped 12 hits, including three each by Kyle Townswick and Ross VanHauen.

Alex Lotthammer picked up the win in relief, entering with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning and escaping unscathed with a strikeout and a lineout that was turned into a double play.

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Josh Dahlke drove in two runs with run-scoring singles in the third and fifth innings.

Jason Brower pitched the first four innings for Willmar, allowing seven hits and two runs.

Willmar (10-5) invoked the eight-run rule after six innings.

Willmar (10-5)...............003 043 - 10 12 1

Andover.........................000 020 - 2 8 3

HITTING - Willmar: Kyle Townswick 3-for-3, 2b, 3 runs, rbi; Josh Dahlke 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Tyler Horning 1-for-4, rbi; Ross VanHauen 3-for-4, rbi; Tom Seedorf 2-for-4; Alex Lotthammer 1-for-3 ... Andover: not available

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Jason Brower 4-7-2-2-1-1, Alex Lotthammer (W) 2-1-0-0-1-2 ... Andover: 2 pitchers 6-12-10-5-3-1

NEXT - Willmar: Today-Sunday at Duluth Invite

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Late results Thursday

Game One

Morris 9, Clinton 0

Chase Rambow hurled a two-hit shutout and struck out 12 for Morris.

Andy Lembcke went 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI. Rambow and Brett Anderson added two hits each.

Morris.......................000 323 1 - 9 11 0

Clinton......................000 000 0 - 0 2 1

HITTING - Morris: Chase Rambow 2-for-3, 2b, 2 runs; Craig Knochenmus 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Andy Lembcke 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2b, 3b, 2 rbi; Josh Griffith 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Brett Anderson 2-for-4; Dylan Gahm 1-for-2, 2 runs, rbi ... Clinton: not available

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris: Chase Rambow (W) 7-2-0-0-1-12 ... Clinton: not available

Game Two

Morris 20, Clinton 2

Morris pounded out 17 hits in four innings, led by Anderson, who tripled twice, scored three runs and drove in five. Knochemus went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases, four runs scored and two RBI.

Josh Griffith allowed two runs on two hits in the win.

Clinton.........................000 02 - 2 2 3

Morris (6-1)..................546 5x - 20 17 5

HITTING - Clinton: not available ... Morris: Chase Rambow 1-for-4, 2 runs; Tony Schultz 2-for-5, 2 runs; Craig Knochenmus 3-for-3, 4 runs, 2 sb's, 2 rbi; Andy Lembcke 1-for-2, 3 runs, 3b, rbi; Josh Griffith 2-for-2, 4 runs, 2 rbi; Brett Anderson 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 3b's, 5 rbi; Andrew Loher 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Dosdall 2-for-4, 3 rbi; Dylan Gahm 2-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Clinton: not available ... Morris: Josh Griffith (W) 5-2-2-0-3-5

Eden Valley 5, Litchfield 4

Jarit Euerle and Tyler Puckett had two hits each for Litchfield.

Puckett also went the distance in the loss, allowing five runs on eight hits. He walked six and struck out three.

Litchfield.....................100 001 2 - 4 8 0

Eden Valley.................003 002 x - 5 8 4

HITTING - Litchfield: Jarit Euerle 2-for-4; Kent Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Tyler Puckett 2-for-3, rbi; Tony Gutormson 1-for-3, rbi; John Anderson 2-for-2, rbi ... Eden Valley: D. Berg 1-for-2, HR; M. Berg 2-for-4; H. Kramer 2-for-3; T. Donnay 2-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Tyler Puckett (L) 6-8-5-3-6-3 ... Eden Valley: J. Haag 1-2-1-1-1-2; D. Berg (W) 6-6-3-1-4-1

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