Amateur Baseball: Bullfrogs walk off Rails

Bird Island scores in bottom of the 11th to beat Willmar 5-4

Bird Island Bullfrogs manager Mike Nagel celebrates his team taking a 1-0 lead against the Willmar Rails following a run by Jeremy Mortensen on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at Lions Memorial Field in Bird Island. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

BIRD ISLAND — Bird Island Bullfrogs manager Mike Nagel credited his team’s energy for an extra-inning victory over the Willmar Rails.

Bird Island won 5-4 in 11 innings in the Corn Belt League amateur baseball game at Lions Memorial Field.

“We came out with a lot of energy tonight, which is what we need,” Nagel said. “We can get flat at times when we don’t come ready to roll and tonight we were ready. But give credit to Willmar, they also came ready to play.”

The Bullfrogs held a 4-0 heading into the seventh inning when the Rails scored a run in the seventh and three in the top of the ninth.

The Bullfrogs claimed the victory with a run in the bottom of the 12th.


“This is the most fun game I’ve had all year, by far,” Nagel said. “And we get to do it again on Friday.”

Bird Island is now 8-2 in the Corn Belt League. Willmar falls to 5-6.

The Bullfrogs play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Willmar. Bird Island then plays at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 at Raymond. The Marshall A’s play the Rails at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7 at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Corn Belt
Bird Island 5,Willmar 4

Willmar 000 000 103 00-4 6 1
Bird Island 003 010 000 01 -5 10 2
Hitting - Willmar: Caleb Owens 1-5 r, Jordan Steffer 0-5 rbi, Jack Baumgart 1-3, Adam Herman rbi, Andrew Baumgart rbi, Sam Etterman 1-4 r-2, Ian Koosman 3-5 r ... Bird Island: Braeden Tersteeg 2-6 r rbi, Trent Athmann 3-5 r, Logan Swan 0-2 rbi-2, Tyler Hebrink 1-4 r rbi, Dylan Gass 1-4 rbi, Aiden Elfering 1-5, Shawn Dollerschell 2-5 r, Zeke Walton 0-5 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Zach Reierson 5-1-1-0-1, Patrick Courtney (L) 2⅔-2-1-1-1-3… Bird Island: Aiden Elfering 7-5-1-0-3-3, Eric gass 1-0-0-0-0-0, Dylan Gass ⅔-2-3-3-3-2, Logan Swan (W) 2 1/3-1-0-0-0-2

North Star
Cokato 11,
Litchfield 1

Steve Schmitt threw eight effective innings and Alan Pietila went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Cokato Kernels past the Litchfield Blues at Dassel.

Schmitt scattered 10 hits, struck out two, walked one and allowed one earned run in the complete-game victory for Cokato (6-10 North Star). The game was called after eight because of the 10-run rule.

Cody Klabunde went 4-for-4 with an RBI for Litchfield (5-7 North Star).

Litchfield 000 010 00-1 10 2
Cokato 230 000 06-11 9 0
Hitting - Litchfield: Andrew Loch 2-4, Cody Klabunde 4-4 rbi, Brady Smith 1-4, Bret Wendlandt 1-4 2b, Josh Johnson 0-3 rbi, Gabe Lecher 1-4, Dylan Koll 1-3 r … Cokato: Sanders Asplin 2-4 r-2 rbi-2 hbp, Alan Pietila 3-4 r-2 rbi-3 bb hr sb, Isaac Nelson 0-2 r bb-2 sac, Tom Halonen 1-5 r rbi-3, Austin Kantola 1-5 rbi, Bill Aho 2-4 r-2, Jackson Martin 0-1 r bb-2, Zach Morris 0-3 rbi, Chad Kovisto 0-3 r hbp
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Jack Ramthun (L) 7⅔-7-9-5-6-2, Kal Volinkaty 0-2-2-2-1-0 … Cokato: Steve Schmitt (W) 8-10-1-1-1-2


Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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