DASSEL-A big seven-run second inning and solid relief pitching helped Raymond down Delano 9-6 in the first round of the 2016 Class C Amateur Baseball State Tournament on Friday.
The Rockets advanced in the single-elimination tournament to face Lamberton at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Dassel.
Walks, two errors and RBIs from Eric Hulterstrum, Mike Jeseritz, Kyle Knott and Calvin Kosminskas accounted for the Rockets' big second inning.
Raymond added two more runs in the third off Delano reliever Jordan Flick to build a 9-0 lead.
Delano got to Rockets' starter Alex Lotthammer in the fourth, scoring five runs to close the gap and Flick settled in after the shaky third.
Delano added another run in the fifth but Rockets reliever Tyler Knott was too locked in for Delano to mount another rally.
Tyler Knott entered with one out in the fifth and worked 4-2/3 shutout innings, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out two.
Raymond's John Sawatzky had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs. Kyle Knott was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, and Tyler Steen and two hits.
Raymond 9, Delano 6
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Hitting-Delano: Kevin Javnich 2-5, Nate Norman 1-2 rbi-2, Jesse Berg 1-4 rbi ... Raymond: Tyler Steen 2-5, Kyle Knott 2-4 2b rbi-3, Calvin Kosminskas 0-3 rbi, John Sawatzky 3-3 2b-2 rbi-4, Eric Hulterstrum 1-4 rbi, Mike Jeseritz 1-4 rbi
Pitching-Delano: Zack Iten (L) 1.2-4-7-1-4-0, Jordan Flick 6.1-5-2-2-2-5 ... Raymond: Alex Lotthammer 4.1-5-6-4-4-6, Tyler Knott (W) 4.2-1-0-0-1-2
Ruter joins Vikings
Willmar native Leah Ruter has joined the Valley City State University volleyball program.
A 5-foot-11 outside hitter, Ruter played last season at the University of Minnesota, Morris and will transfer to VCSU with three years of eligibility.
"We couldn't be more excited to have Leah coming to VCSU and joining our volleyball program," said head coach Adam Longmore. "She comes in with a year of successful collegiate playing experience which is invaluable for us. Her versatility to play a variety of positions will prove to be helpful, I believe, for years to come."
Ruter appeared in 32 matches last season for UMM and made 11 starts. She averaged 1.27 points and 1.08 kills per set. Ruter was third on the team with 32.5 blocks. She helped UMM to a 21-12 overall record and a second place finish in both the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference regular season and UMAC tournament.
At Willmar High School, Ruter was a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was named All Conference and First Team Tribune All-Area in volleyball, along with earning team MVP honors as a junior and senior. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and made the Academic Honor Roll with a 3.92 GPA.
Ruter plans to study physical education and health while at VCSU. She is the daughter of Doug and Lisa Ruter.