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ALEXANDRIA -- Matt Roisum's day mirrored that of his team. The hotter it got the better he hit. After popping out his first two at bats, Roisum lifted a Cory Krogen pitch over the Knute Nelson fence in center field. That came in a five-run fifth ...

ALEXANDRIA -- Matt Roisum's day mirrored that of his team.

The hotter it got the better he hit.

After popping out his first two at bats, Roisum lifted a Cory Krogen pitch over the Knute Nelson fence in center field. That came in a five-run fifth inning that vaulted the Willmar Legion from a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead.

Post 167 was just limbering up in the 95-degree heat under a baking sun Friday.

Willmar went on to level Marshall 13-5 to advance to today's 1 p.m. championship game for District 7, Division I.

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Willmar piled up 14 hits against three Marshall pitchers. In a gritty effort, Troy Ditterich went all nine innings on the hill. He gave up seven hits, walked three and fanned five, getting stronger as the two-hour, 30-minute game wore on.

His only bad inning came in the second. A single, infield error and walk loaded the bases with one out. No. 9 hitter Alex Gjorvad hit a bloop single to right to bring in the first run. With two outs, Tony Awoleye hit a sharp single to right-center to bring in two more.

After that, Ditterich never allowed more than one hit per inning.

Meanwhile, the Willmar hitters were settling in. The five-run fifth also included run-scoring hits by Kyle Birkland and Matt Seehusen, eventually chasing starter Krogen before the end of the frame.

Willmar added two more in the sixth for an 8-4 lead. Tom Seedorf singled and came around on a Tyler Horning triple. Birkland's second of three singles plated Horning.

Four more runs scored in the eighth on Ross VanHauen's double, one of the seven Marshall fielding errors and Matt Roisum's two-run single.

No one had a stronger day at the plate than Horning, Willmar's leading hitter in spring baseball. He hit the ball hard four times for a triple, double, single and deep fly out. He scored three runs and had one RBI.

Birkland, perhaps the team's most consistent hitter this summer, went 3-for-6 and Roisum who had two hits, finished with four RBI.

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Seehusen and Kyle Townswick added two hits each.

Willmar 13, Marshall 5

Willmar (17-6) 010 052 140 - 13 14 2

Marshall (18-11) 030 100 010 - 5 7 7

HITTING - Willmar: Kyle Townswick 2-for-6; Tyler Horning 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2b, 3b, rbi; Kyle Birkland 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Ross Van Hauen 1-for-3, 2b, 2 bb's, 2 runs, rbi; Matt Roisum 2-for-5, 2-run HR; Matt Seehusen 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Tom Seedorf 1-for-3, 2 bb's, rbi ... Marshall: Cory Krogen 3-for-5; Tony Awoleye 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Alex Gjorvad 1-for-3; Ben Blomme 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Troy Ditterich (W) 9-7-5-3-3-5 ... Marshall: Cory Krogen (L) 4Xc-7-6-6-4-4, Kyle Mathiowetz Xc-2-1-1-0-0, Jamie Williams 3Xc-5-5-4-1-2

Late results Thursday

Litchfield 7, Alexandria 6

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In the tournament opener, No. 5 Litchfield nudged the home team out of the winner's bracket, helped by a four-run first inning.

Chris Sundmark went the distance for Litchfield, scattering 11 hits and fanning nine. Tyler Puckett homered for Litchfield.

David Malepsy smacked three hits. Puckett and Jarit Euerle had two each.

Litchfield 403 000 100 - 8 10 1

Alexandria 032 001 001 - 7 11 2

HITTING - Litchfield: Jarit Euerle 2-for-4; David Malepsy 3-for-5; Tony Gutormson 1-for-4, 2 runs; Tyler Puckett 2-for-4, 2 runs, solo HR, 2 rbi; John Anderson 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Marcus Buschette 1-for-4, rbi ... Alexandria: Jake Leuschke 3-for-5, 2b, rbi; Ben Bruggerman 2-for-5, 2b; Ben Soor-Bovre 2-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Justin Stier 1-for-4, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Chris Sundmark (W) 9-11-7-5-4-9 ... Alexandria: Chris Koep (L) 2Xc-8-7-7-3-1, Josh Wilson 3Zc-1-1-1-2-4, Ben Bruggerman 3-1-0-0-3-3

Marshall 6, NL-Spicer 5

Marshall's Alex Gjorvad singled in the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. Kyle Mathiowetz doubled in two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth.

Brian Pieh went 3-for-5 for New London-Spicer and scored twice. Scott Rambow doubled and drove in two runs.

Michael Danielson pitched the first seven innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits.

NL-Spicer 004 010 000 0 - 5 11 2

Marshall 011 000 020 1 - 6 11 6

HITTING - New London-Spicer: Austin Hadley 1-for-5; Brian Pieh 3-for-5, 2 runs, rbi; Scott Rambow 1-for-5, 2b, 2 rbi; Mike Danielson 2-for-4; Rob Caven 1-for-1; Wade Wessling 2-for-5; Adam Luberts 1-for-4 ... Marshall: Kyle Mathiowetz 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Kyle Culhane 2-for-4; Ben Blomme 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2b; Kyle Louwagie 3-for-4; Alex Gjorvad 1-for-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Michael Danielson 7-5-2-2-2-2, Brian Pieh 1-2-2-2-2-0, Austin Hadley (L) 1-4-2-2-2-1 ... Marshall: Tony Shaikowski 4-74-4-1-2, Nick Marks (W) 6-4-1-1-0-5

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