Willmar clips Marshall in nine innings to capture tourney title

MARSHALL - Willmar scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, then held off Marshall en route to a 4-3 victory in the championship of the Marshall Invite Saturday.

MARSHALL - Willmar scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, then held off Marshall en route to a 4-3 victory in the championship of the Marshall Invite Saturday.

The win avenged a season-opening 1-0 loss to Marshall on April 7.

Willmar routed West Fargo (N.D.) 9-2 in the opener of the four-team tournament.

Lac qui Parle Valley lost to Marshall 8-5 in the semifinals before drubbing West Fargo 10-2 for third place.

Game One


Willmar 9, West Fargo 2

Troy Ditterich tossed five innings for the win, allowing four hits and one earned run. George Jacobson and Jeremy Elkjer pitched a scoreless inning of relief each.

Josh Dahlke and Tom Prunty had two hits each for the Cardinals. Prunty also drove in three runs.

Willmar 440 010 0 - 9 6 2

West Fargo 001 100 0 - 2 5 1

HITTING - Willmar: George Jacobson 1-for-3; Matt Seehusen 1-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Josh Dahlke 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Tom Prunty 2-for-4, 3 rbi .... West Fargo: Cole Horsager 3-for-4, 2b; Alex Salquist 1-for-1, 2b; Tyrel Thorson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Troy Ditterich (W) 5-4-2-1-2-4, George Jacobson 1-1-0-0-0-2, Jeremy Elkjer 1-0-0-0-0-0 .... West Fargo: Alex Salquist (L) 2-3-8-8-8-2, Justin Feist 5-3-1-1-1-1

Game Two


Marshall 8, LQPV 5

Marshall rallied from a 5-2 deficit, scoring four times in the fourth and twice in the fifth.

Kyle Mathiowetz pitched 41/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. He walked four and struck out four.

Eddie Massee and Evan Kraft had two hits apiece for Lac qui Parle Valley. Ryan Sigdahl drove in two runs.

LQPV 203 000 0 - 5 7 4

Marshall 101 420 x - 8 9 0

HITTING - Lac qui Parle Valley: Eddie Massee 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2b, rbi; Ryan Sigdahl 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Matt Enger 1-for-2, rbi; Derek Bremseth 1-for-3, rbi Evan Kraft 2-for-3 .... Marshall: Nate Baumann 2-for-2, 4 runs; Cory Krogen 2-for-3; Matt Koster 1-for-2, 3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Lac qui Parle Valley: Adam Paulson (L) 42/3-9-8-4-5-6, Ryan Sigdahl 11/3-0-0-0-0-1 .... Marshall: Tyler Schauman 22/3-5-5-5-2-0, Kyle Mathiowetz (W) 41/3-2-0-0-4-4


Third Place

LQPV 10, West Fargo 2

The Eagles plated nine runs over the first two innings and finished with 11 hits.

Evan Kraft, Butch Hendrickson and Tony Ludvigson had two hits each for the Eagles.

Brock Kanstrup worked the first six innings for the win. He was touched for seven hits and two runs, while walking one and striking out six. Hendrickson worked a hitless inning of relief with two strikeouts.

West Fargo (3-4) 000 200 0 - 2 7 3

LQPV (7-2) 450 100 0 - 10 11 1

HITTING - West Fargo: Matt Kulesa 2-for-3; Curtis Hensley 2-for-3, rbi .... Lac qui Parle Valley: Eddie Massee 1-for-2, 3 runs, 2b, rbi; Andrew Schmidt 1-for-2, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Matt Enger 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Evan Kraft 2-for-4, rbi; Butch Hendrickson 2-for-4; Tony Ludvigson 2-for-3, 2b; Tim Eliason 1-for-2, rbi; Derek Bremseth 1-for-1


PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - West Fargo: Matt Ponson (L) 2-3-9-5-5-2, Matt Revera 2-4-1-1-0-1, Brandon Reber 2-4-0-0-0-1 .... Lac qui Parle Valley: Brock Kanstrup (W) 6-7-2-2-1-6, Butch Hendrickson 1-0-0-0-0-2


Willmar 4, Marshall 3

Tied 2-2 in the top of the ninth, Willmar's eventual winning rally began when Kyle Townswick led off with a single to right field and moved to second on an error. George Jacobson then sacrificed and an error scored Townswick for a 3-2 lead. With one out, Kyle Birkland singled and stole second before Tyler Horning drove him in with a single.

Marshall got a run in the last of the ninth and had runners on second and third with one out before winning pitcher Matt Roisum escaped further damage with a popout and a groundout.

Willmar (5-2) 100 010 002 - 4 10 4

Marshall (7-1) 010 001 001 - 3 7 3

HITTING - Willmar: Kyle Townswick 1-for-2; Kyle Birkland 3-for-5, 3 runs; Tyler Horning 3-for-5, 2 2b's, 3 rbi; Matt Roisum 1-for-5; Tom Seedorf 1-for-5, 2b; Ross Van Hauen 1-for-4 .... Marshall: Matt Koster 1-for-5; Corey Krogen 2-for-4; Kyle Louwagie 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Austin Deutz 1-for-2, rbi


PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Matt Seehusen 3-1-1-0-4-1, Tom Prunty 1-0-0-0-0-1, Jason Scheffler 11/3-2-1-0-0-0, Alex Lotthamer 21/3-1-0-0-2-2, Matt Roisum (W) 11/3-3-1-1-0-1 .... Marshall: Kyle Meier 51/3-5-2-2-3-5, Austin Deutz (L) 32/3-5-2-0-0-0

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