Amateur Baseball: Ramthun, Litchfield sneak by Hutchinson

Pitcher’s complete game helps Blues beat the Huskies, 3-1

HUTCHINSON — Jack Ramthun went all nine innings and Litchfield’s defense played well in helping the Blues to a 3-1 North Star League victory over the Hutchinson Huskies on Friday night.

Ramthun allowed six hits, striking out one, walking one and allowing one earned run. The Blues made one error behind him.

Bret Wendlandt went 2-for-4 and Josh Johnson was 2-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases for Litchfield (5-6 North Star).

Jon DeRock went all nine innings for Hutchinson (7-3 North Star). He struck out eight, walked one and allowed eight hits and three earned runs.

Litchfield is host to the Cold Spring Rockies in an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Optimist Park.


Litchfield 3, Hutchinson 1

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Hutchinson 001 000 000-1 6 3
Hitting - Litchfield: Cody Klabunde 1-4 2b, Jake Jones 1-4 2b, Brady Smith 0-3 bb, Bret Wendlandt 2-4, Gabe Lecher 1-3 r hbp, Alex Kaluza 0-0 r, Josh Johnson 2-4 r sb-2, Kal Volinkaty 1-4 rbi sb, Dylan Koll 0-4 rbi … Hutchinson: Matt Piechowski 1-4 r sb, Cody Arlt 1-4 rbi, Jake Wendland 1-4 sb, Mitchell Reiner 2-4, Jon DeRock 0-2 sac, Brady Zackrison 1-3 sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Jack Ramthun 9-6-1-1-1-1 … Hutchinson: DeRock (L) 9-8-3-3-1-8

Moorhead Mudcats 6,
Starbuck 0

Ashwin Stratton struck out 12 and walked two over eight innings to lead the Moorhead Mudcats to the exhibition victory over the Starbuck Stars at Glenwood.

Stratton allowed five hits.

Toby Sayles pitched a scoreless ninth and also went 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs. Isaac Howe was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Ty Syverson tripled and drove in two for the Mudcats.

For Starbuck, Mike Kragenbring and Mike Andreas were each 2-for-4.

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Starbuck 000 000 000-0 5 2
Hitting - Moorhead: Tommy Horan 1-5 2b, Toby Sayles 3-4 r-3, Noah Pilon 0-3 r, Dawson Leer 1-1 r rbi bb hbp, Isaac Howe 2-3 r rbi-3 bb, Ty Syverson 1-4 rbi-2 3b … Starbuck: Mike Kragenbring 2-4, Matt Gruber 1-3 bb, Mike Andreas 2-4
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Moorhead: Ashwin Stratton (W) 8-5-0-0-2-12, Sayles 1-0-0-0-1 … Starbuck: Luke Levasseur (L) 7-6-4-4-3-10, Andreas 2-2-2-2-1-1

Marshall 1,
Sacred Heart 0

Matt Hmilelewski struck out 10 in nine innings to help the Marshall A’s to the Corn Belt League victory at Sacred Heart. At the plate, Hmielewski went 2 of 5 and recorded a stolen base.

Marshall’s Ryan VanMoer scored the lone run in the top of the eighth inning.

Sacred Heart’s Jeremy Hinderks took the loss, going 7⅔ innings and striking out 10.

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Sacred Heart 000 000 000-0 1 0
Hitting - Marshall: Matt Hmielewski 2-5 sb, Mason Penske 2-5, Zach Olson 1-4 bb, Ryan VanMoer 1-3 r hbp, Ryan Schwagel 3-4 2b, Rusty Swanson 0-1 rbi … Sacred Heart: Jose Ortiz 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Marshall: Hmielewski (W) 9-1-0-0-2-10 … Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (L) 7 2/3-8-1-0-3-10, Jack Howard 1 1/3-1-0-0-0-1
Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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