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Willmar Legion goes 4-2 in three-day Duluth Tournament

DULUTH -- Willmar came from behind three times over the weekend and finished ninth out of 32 teams at the Duluth Invitational. Willmar went 4-2 overall in the tournament to improve to 13-6 on the season. Willmar split a pair of pool-play games on...

DULUTH -- Willmar came from behind three times over the weekend and finished ninth out of 32 teams at the Duluth Invitational.

Willmar went 4-2 overall in the tournament to improve to 13-6 on the season.

Willmar split a pair of pool-play games on Friday, then was routed 9-0 by Duluth Lakeview on Saturday morning. But Willmar came back to win its next three games after trailing in each, including a 5-2 victory over Perham in the consolation championship on Sunday.

"I'm pleased with the way the team kept coming back," said Willmar coach Dave Oehrlein. "After we lost bad to Duluth Lakeview on Saturday morning, we talked about a few things and they really started hitting the ball better. We had some big innings where we strung a bunch of hits together. We weren't doing that before."

Willmar beat Centennial 5-4 after trailing 4-0, then knocked off Hermantown 9-6 after trailing 4-3 to advance to the consolation championship.

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Willmar plays at Bird Island tonight, its seventh game in four days.

Kyle Townswick had an outstanding tournament at the plate for Willmar, collecting 11 hits in the six games.

Pool Play Saturday Duluth Lakeview 9, Willmar 0

Willmar managed only a single by Kyle Birkland. Matt Roisum was tagged with the loss.

Willmar 000 000 - 0 1 4

Duluth Lakeview 004 005 - 9 8 0

HITTING - Willmar: Kyle Birkland 1-for-3 ... Duluth Lakeview: Hockett 3-for-4, rbi; Mitchell 1-for-3, 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Matt Roisum (L) 21/3-3-4-0-2-2, Jeremy Elker 3-5-5-4-2-3 ... Duluth Lakeview: Heggestad (W) 6-1-0-0-2-3

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Consolation Saturday Willmar 5, Centennial 4

Centennial plated four runs in the third inning off Troy Ditterich, who settled down and got stronger after that, allowing only one hit over the final four innings to earn the win. He struck out two in the seventh inning.

Willmar, trailing 4-1 in the sixth, put four runs on the board, highlighted by Kyle Townswick's two-run single. Matt Roisum and Jason Otte also had run-scoring singles.

Ditterich finished with a six-hitter. He walked two and struck out two.

Townswick went 2-for-4. Birkland and Roisum also had two hits each.

Centennial 004 000 0 - 4 6 1

Willmar 000 104 x - 5 9 2

HITTING - Centennial: Rasmussen 2-for-3; O'Shey 1-for-4, 2 rbi ... Willmar: Kyle Townswick 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Josh Dahlke 1-for-4; Tyler Horning 1-for-3; Kyle Birkland 2-for-3; Matt Roisum 2-for-3, rbi; Jason Otte 1-for-3

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PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Centennial: Sweeny (L) 6-9-5-4-2-4 ... Willmar: Troy Ditterich (W) 7-6-4-4-2-2

Consolation Sunday Willmar 9, Hermantown 6

Willmar scored six times in the sixth inning. Tyler Horning capped the inning with a three-run double. Matt Roisum drove in two runs with a single in the inning.

Kyle Townswick had three hits and drove in a run. Kyle Birkland had two hits and an RBI and Tom Seedorf had two hits.

Jeremy Elkjer picked up the win with two innings of relief. He allowed three hits and two unearned runs. Alex Lotthammer pitched the first five innings.

Willmar 101 016 0 - 9 11 1

Hermantown 000 132 0 - 6 7 2

HITTING - Willmar: Kyle Townswick 3-for-5, 2 runs, rbi; Josh Dahlke 1-for-4, 2 runs; Tyler Horning 1-for-2, 2b, 2 runs, 3 rbi; Kyle Birkland 2-for-2, rbi; Matt Roisum 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Tom Seedorf 2-for-4, 2b; Jason Otte 1-for-3 ... Hermantown: Casey Morsette 2-for-3, 2b, 3b, rbi; Travis Taran 1-for-4, solo HR, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Alex Lotthammer 5-4-4-4-6-4, Jeremy Elkjer (W) 2-3-2-2-0-0 ... Hermantown: Hanson (L) 5-5-4-4-1-3, Justin Baker 2-6-5-5-4-4

Willmar 5, Perham 2

Willmar took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Ross VanHauen doubled in the first run. Matt Seehusen and Matt Roisum also had run-scoring hits.

Kyle Townswick and VanHauen had two hits apiece. VanHauen earned the win in relief with four shutout innings. He allowed three hits and struck out four.

Willmar (13-6) 000 301 1 - 5 9 0

Perham 101 000 0 - 2 5 3

HITTING - Willmar: Kyle Townswick 2-for-4, 3 sb's; Kyle Birkland 1-for-3; Tyler Horning 1-for-2; Ross VanHauen 2-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Matt Seehusen 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Matt Roisum 1-for-3, rbi; Tom Seedorf 1-for-3 ... Perham: Stoll 1-for-3, rbi; Doll 1-for-4, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Matt Seehusen 3-2-2-2-3-2, Ross VanHauen (W) 4-3-0-0-0-4 ... Perham: Schornak (L) 41/3-7-3-3-1-0, Baumgart 22/3-2-2-1-1-1

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