With 12 hits and every starter getting at least one hit, a fast start got Willmar a 9-1 Section 6AAA win over Dassel-Cokato on Monday.
"Top to bottom our entire lineup hit today, which was good to see," said Cardinals head coach Tom DeBoer. "Even our outs were hard hit. It was nice to get up early."
After a pair of walks to open the bottom of the first inning, Willmar got both runners home on a two-run, opposite-field triple from Drey Dirksen. Then in the second, back-to-back RBI singles by Nate Spencer and Caleb Owens made it a 4-0 game.
The visiting Chargers got a run in the top of the third, only for the Cardinals to respond with five runs in the bottom half. AJ Backes had an RBI double, followed immediately by a two-run single by Spencer. Andy Schultz connected with his own RBI single, and an error led to one more Willmar run in the frame.
On the mound, Dirksen started and tallied four strikeouts over three innings. Tanner Bauman took over in the fourth and got the win after striking out five in three innings of work.
"(Dirksen and Bauman) were throwing first-pitch strikes and that makes such a difference," DeBoer said. "Their first-pitch fastballs were hitting the corners."
Backes and Gunnar Banks both finished with two hits, and Spencer drove in a team-high three RBIs in the victory.
On Thursday, the Cardinals are back at Bill Taunton Stadium in Central Lakes Conference action against St. Cloud Tech.
Willmar 9, D-C 1
D-C 001 000 0-1 4 3
Willmar 225 000 x-9 12 1
Hitting - Dassel-Cokato: Jacob Schmitz 1-3 rbi, Collin Krick 1-4, Sanders Aplin 1-2 2b ... Willmar: Caleb Owens 1-3 r rbi, Ashton Gregory 1-2 r-2, Andy Schultz 1-4 rbi, Drey Dirksen 1-3 3b rbi-2, Jayden Dierenfeld 1-4, Gunnar Banks 2-4 2b r, Wade Fischer 1-3 r-2, AJ Backes 2-2 2b-2 r-2 rbi, Nate Spencer 2-4 r rbi-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Dassel-Cokato: Ethan Mayer (L) 2-8-8-7-3-1, Kaden Schmidt 1.2-2-1-0-2-2, Jackson Martin 2.1-2-0-0-0-1 ... Willmar: Dirksen 3-1-1-1-2-4, Tanner Bauman (W) 3-3-0-0-1-5, Bryan Weidemann 1-0-0-0-0-0
NLS 10, Montevideo 2
Led by a big night from leadoff batter Nick Perkins, New London-Spicer batted the ball around for 14 hits in a 10-2 non-conference win against Montevideo on Monday.
Perkins finished 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs, including a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. Blake Vagle was 3-for-3 with a double a run scored and an RBI. Trent Pientka secured the win after throwing five innings.
Chase Korte was the Thunder Hawks' top hitter, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Jackson Snell was pegged with the loss after five innings of work.
NLS 011 053 0-10 14 1
Montevideo 100 100 0-2 7 3
Hitting - New London-Spicer: Nick Perkins 3-3 hr r-3 rbi-2, Ethan Haugen 2-4 r-2, Christian Lessman 1-4 2b rbi, Payton Madison 1-3 r rbi-2, Blake Vagle 3-3 2b r rbi, Ethan Roeder 1-1, Diego Rojas 1-3 rbi, Brandon Adelman 2-3 3b r-2, Jake Schmidt 0-4 rbi, Trent Pientka 0-3 r ... Montevideo: Noah Buseman 1-3 2b rbi, Chase Korte 3-3 2b r, Max Carruth 1-3, Matthew Fragodt 1-3 2b, Garrett Arends 1-1, Colby Buseman 0-2 r, Tyler Blue 0-2 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Pientka (W) 5-5-2-1-0-3, Griffin Bjerke 2-2-0-0-1-4 ... Montevideo: Jackson Snell (L) 5-9-7-3-0-5, Buseman 1-4-3-3-0-1, Fragodt 1-1-0-0-0-0
Minneota overtook Central Minnesota Christian School with two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings on Monday in Prinsburg.
Minneota reliever Sam Buysse pitched two hitless innings, striking out two. Blake Greenwalt had the Bluejays' hit and he drove in a run, and Case Mulder scored.
Minneota 020 002 2-6 5 0
CMCS 201 000 0-3 1 2
Hitting - Minneota: Austin Sorenson 1-1 rbi, Tate Walerius 1-1 r ... Central Minnesota Christian: Blake Greenwalt 1-3 rbi, Case Mulder 0-1 r-2, Tucker Dehmlow 0-1 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minneota: Austin Sorenson (W) 5-1-3-2-6-7, Sam Buysse 2-0-0-0-0-2 ... Central Minnesota Christian: Trevor Post (L) 6-2-4-2-2-5, Skylar Zwart 1-3-2-2-0-0
YME 12, Canby 2
Already up 6-2 heading into the sixth inning, Yellow Medicine East put an early end to Monday's Camden Conference game with a six-run frame, leading to a 12-2 Sting win over Canby.
Ty Schulte finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead YME's offense. Tate Schulte had two hits and scored three times, and Angel Jimenez finished 2-for-4 with a double, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base.
Bennett Knapper got the complete-game victory, striking out nine.
Canby 002 000-2 3 1
YME 200 136-12 10 5
Hitting - Canby: Norlan Harding 1-2 r, Kalib Greenman 1-3 r, Dylan Bruns 1-3 ... Yellow Medicine East: Bennett Knapper 1-4 2b r, Tate Schulte 2-3 r-3, Angel Jimenez 2-4 2b r-2 rbi-2 sb, Carter Sneller 1-3 r rbi sb, Ty Schulte 2-4 rbi-4, Cole Fischer 1-2 r, Jared Martin 1-2 r, Ethan Peterson 0-2 r-2 sb, Dalton Anderson 0-0 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Canby: Evan Stoks (L) 5-7-6-3-2-4, Bruns 0.2-3-6-5-2-1 ... Yellow Medicine East: Knapper (W) 6-3-2-1-2-9