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Area baseball roundup: Rails' rally tops Twins

Baseball report for Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Willmar scores five runs in the ninth inning to beat New London-Spicer, 9-6.

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Sam Etterman smiles toward the crowd during a Willmar Rails game against the New London-Spicer Twins on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Spicer.
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SPICER — The Willmar Rails started off strong and finished even stronger, rattling off five runs in the ninth inning en route to a 9-6 comeback victory Wednesday evening against the New London-Spicer Twins at Green Lake Diamonds.

The Rails scored the first two runs of the game in the second inning, but the Twins responded with three of their own in the bottom of the frame.

With the Rails trailing 3-2 in the fifth, Ian Koosman hit a solo home run to tie it.

Wade Fischer reaches home plate for the Willmar Rails in a game against the New London-Spicer Twins on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Spicer.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

Again it was the Twins who responded. Hunter Magnuson reached home before Josh Soine followed in Koosman’s footsteps, hitting a solo shot to give New London-Spicer a two-run lead.

The teams each exchanged runs in the eighth inning before the Rails saw five consecutive runners reach home in the final frame.


Jayden Dierenfeld, who went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, scored the game-winning run for the Rails.

Koosman went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Riley Lessman led the Rails with three hits.

The Rails received a combined two scoreless innings from Jack Baumgart, who earned the win, and Christian Lessman, who earned the save, to help close it out. The duo allowed zero hits.

Willmar Rails' starting pitcher Patrick Courtney smiles on the mound in a game against the New London-Spicer Twins on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, in Spicer.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune


Willmar 9, NLS Twins 6

Willmar           020   010   015-9   12   3
NLS Twins      030   000   210-6   7   2
Hitting - Willmar: Ian Koosman 2-4 2b hr r-2 rbi-2, Jayden Dierenfeld 1-4 2b r-2, Wade Fischer 1-3 r rbi, Zach Reierson 1-3 r, Gunnar Banks 1-3 rbi, Christian Lessman 1-5 r rbi-2, Riley Lessman 3-5 rbi, Adam Herman 0-0 r, Sam Etterman 1-3 2b, Josh Tinklenberg 1-1 r rbi… NLS: Ben Kulset 2-5 r rbi-2, Hunter Magnuson 2-4 2b r rbi, Josh Soine 1-4 hr r rbi-2, Derek Dolezal 2-5 r, Gavin Radabaugh 0-0 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Patrick Courtney 7-7-5-5-4-4, Jack Baumgart (W) 1-0-1-0-0-0, Christian Lessman (S) 1-0-0-0-1-0… NLS: Ben Kulset 8.2-11-9-7-2-1 (L), Jett Salonek 0.1-1-0-0-0-1

Bird Island 10, Milroy 0

Jordan Sagedahl, Dylan Gass, Zeke Walton and Eric Gass combined to throw a no-hitter in a Corn Belt League game against the Milroy Yankees at Yankee Field in Milroy.

Sagedahl started and went the first three innings, walking one. Dylan Gass then went two, followed by single innings by Walton and Eric Gass. The Bullfrogs also hit two batters.

Sagedahl led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Tyler Hebrink, Shawn Dollerschel and Logan Swann all had two hits for Bird Island.


Bird Island    340   012   0-10   11   0
Milroy            000   000   0-0   0   0
Hitting - Bird Island: Braeden Tersteeg 0-3 r hbp, Trent Athmann 0-2 r-3 rbi bb-2, Jordan Sagedahl 3-4 r-2 rbi-3 2b hr, Tyler Hebrink 2-4 rbi, Shawn Dollerschell 2-4 r rbi-2, Aidan Elfering 1-4 rbi-2, Logan Swann 2-3 r-2 2b bb, Dylan Gass 1-2 r rbi 2b bb … Milroy: David Schmidt 0-2 bb, Alex Thompson 0-1 hbp, Brian Dolan 0-0 hbp
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Bird Island: Sagedahl 3-0-0-0-1-5, Gass (W) 2-0-0-0-0-3, Zeke Walton 1-0-0-0-0-1, Eric Gass 1-0-0-0-0-1 … Milroy: Aaron Mathiowetz (L) 2-5-7-7-4-3, Brock Schultz 2-2-0-0-0-1, Cole Felcyn 2-4-3-2-0-1, Nathan Deutz 1-0-0-0-0-1

Howard Lake 6, Litchfield 1

After four scoreless innings, Howard Lake kicked the ball game into gear, scoring at least one run in the next four innings en route to earning a North Star League win over the Blues at Optimist Park in Litchfield.

Jared Koch threw a complete game for the Orphans. He conceded five hits and one unearned run, tallying six strikeouts.

Steven Heber helped fuel Howard Lake, going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and scoring a run. Three other batters for the Orphans recorded two hits in the win.

Howard Lake    000   012   210-6   11   2
Litchfield           000   001   000-1   5   0
Hitting - Howard Lake: Mason Macziewski 1-1 r, Garrett Zander 0-4 r, Cole Macziewski 2-5 r, Brad Bickmann 2-4 2b r rbi, Jake Gruenhagen 2-5, Steven Heber 2-4 r rbi-2, Moose Streich 1-4 rbi, Jared Koch 1-4 r rbi-2 … Litchfield: Andrew Loch 1-4 r, Winky Estrada 1-1, Carson Deal 1-3, Jake Jones 2-4 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Howard Lake: Koch (W) 9-5-1-0-2-6… Litchfield: Joey Hyde (L) 6-6-3-3-1-2, Ben Alsleben 3-5-3-3-3-0

Starbuck 1, Breckenridge 0

The Starbuck pitching duo of Andrew Topp and Torii Johnson combined for nine scoreless frames and 11 strikeouts to shut out Breckenridge at Marthaler Park in Glenwood.

Despite being outhit by Breckenridge 4-2, Starbuck’s winning run came in the seventh inning as Aaron Versteeg reached home on a Bucks fielding error.

Breckenridge starting pitcher Hunter Wamre conceded one hit and recorded five strikeouts in his six-inning outing.


Breckenridge    000   000   000-0   4   2
Starbuck           000   000   10x-1   2   0
Hitting - Breckenridge: Hunter Wamre 1-4, Jack Heideman 1-4, Chris Nieto 1-4 2b, Sam Dusan 1-2… Starbuck: Aaron Versteeg 1-3 r, Mike Andreas 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Breckenridge: Wamre 6-1-0-0-3-5, Mitch Porter (L) 2-1-1-0-1-1… Starbuck: Andrew Toop (W) 6-3-0-0-3-5, Torii Johnson 3-1-0-0-2-6

Marshall 3, Sacred Heart 1

Mitchell Bouwman struck out 11 in the complete-game victory in a match-up of Corn Belt League teams at Marshall.

Sacred Heart next plays the Willmar Rails at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Marshall is host to Luverne on Friday night.

Madison 3, Benson 2

The Madison Mallards edged the Benson Plowboys in a Land O’ Ducks League game at Benson.

Madison plays the Cottonwood Cardinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dawson. Benson faces the Dumont Saints at 7 p.m. Friday in Wheaton.

American Legion

SH/MACCRAY 11, Prinsburg 3

Brooks Asche struck out 10 in six innings and Tyler Froland went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in Sacred Heart/MACCRAY’s victory over Prinsburg at Sacred Heart.

Asche allowed two hits and three earned runs, allowing four walks.

Dreyer Homan went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs and Isaac Haen was 1-for-1 with three runs, three walks and two stolen bases for the Scarlets.

Ben Ryks was 1-for-3 and Max Muzik was 1-for-2 with a run for Prinsburg.

Prinsburg              002   001   0-3   2   2
SH/MACCRAY      320   420   x-11   9   1
Hitting - Prinsburg: Drew Duininck 0-3 rbi bb, Kadin Dehmlow 0-2 rbi bb, Josh Nelson 0-2 r bb, Ben Ryks 1-3, Skylar Zwart 0-3 rbi, Max Muzik 1-2 r, Wesley Fussy 0-2 r hbp, Swart 0-2 bb … SH/MACCRAY: Camden Wolmen 0-2 r bb-3, Isaac Strommer 1-3 r-3 rbi-2 bb 3b sb, Dreyer Homan 2-3 r rbi-2 bb, Tyler Amsden 1-4 rbi-2 r, Tyler Froland 3-4 r rbi-2 2b-2, Brooks Asche 0-3 sb, Joe Heidecker 0-2 bb-2, Emery Aker 1-3 r, Carson Allex 0-0 bb, Isaac Haen 1-1 r-3 bb-3 sb-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Prinsburg: Muzik (L) 2-2-5-3-6-1, Riley Broberg 3-6-6-6-3-0, No. 2 1-1-0-0-2-1 … SH/MACCRAY: Asche (W) 6-2-3-3-4-10, Froland 1-0-0-0-0-2

Junior Legion

Starbuck 10, Tri-Town 0

Nathan Dell and Ryland Martin combined for a five-inning no-hitter in Starbuck’s victory over Tri-Town at Marthaler Park in Glenwood.

Dell went the first four innings, striking out three and walking four. Martin finished up with a strikeout and a walk in the fifth.

Dylan Alexander went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base for Starbuck.

Cameron Giese drew a pair of walks for Tri-Town.

Tri-Town    000   00-0   0   2
Starbuck      211   15-10   10   3
Hitting - Tri-Town: Braden Barker 0-2 bb, Isaiah Rennie 0-2 bb, Marcus Forsythe 0-1 bb, Cameron Giese 0-0 bb-2 … Starbuck: Levi Johnson 1-1 r-2 rbi-2 bb-3 sb, Jack Majerus 1-2 r-3 rbi-2 2b bb hbp sb, Dylan Alexander 3-3 rbi-2 hbp sb, Caden Larson 0-2 rbi, Noah Jensen 1-2 r rbi bb-2 sb-2, Alex Panitzke 1-3 r 2b, Austin Weber 3-3 r-2 2b rbi sb, Thomas Poegel 0-2 r bb 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Tri-Town: Rennie (L) 3-5-4-4-4-1, Jonas Morrison 1-5-6-5-3-1 … Starbuck: Nathan Dell (W) 4-0-0-0-4-3, Ryland Martin 1-0-0-0-1-1


Game 1: St. Cloud 11, Litchfield 4

The St. Cloud Crush used an eight-run first inning to overwhelm Litchfield in the first game of a doubleheader late Tuesday at Dick Putz Field.

Litchfield    003   010   0-4   8   3
St. Cloud      810   002   x-11   10   1
Hitting - Litchfield: J. McCann 1-4 r, H. Schultz 1-4 r rbi-2 3b, A. Estrada 1-3 r rbi 2b sf, J. Marquardt 1-2 rbi bb-2, C. Starkovich 0-1 bb-3, R. Voigt 1-4 sb, A. Medina 2-2 r, B. Schultz 1-1 … St. Cloud: J. Kenning 3-4 r-3 rbi-2 2b hr, B. Schmitt 0-3 r-2 bb sb, P. Schulz 2-3 r bb, S. Kenning 2-4 r rbi-2 2b sb, J. Sheetz 0-4 r-2 sb, C. Palmer 1-3 r rbi hbp, K. Mork 1-2 r rbi bb, H. Jokien 1-2 rbi hbp, N. Theis 0-2 rbi sf
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: H. Schultz (L) 1-3-8-5-3-0, C. Starkovich 3-4-1-1-0-1, Voigt 2-3-2-0-0-0 … St. Cloud: E. Novak (W) 4-6-3-3-2-4, S. Poole 3-2-1-1-3-2

Game 2: Litchfield 5, St. Cloud 3

Litchfield salvaged a doubleheader split with the five-inning victory over St. Cloud at Dick Putz Field.

Litchfield      005   00-5   1   4
St. Cloud      101   01-3   3   2
Hitting - Litchfield: J. McCann 0-3 r, E. Holtz 0-1 r bb-2, H. Schultz 1-3 r rbi-2 sb, A. Estrada 0-3 r, J. Marquardt 0-2 rbi bb, D. Lara 0-2 bb, G. Boerema 0-1 bb, A. Medina 0-0 r bb-2 sb … St. Cloud: A. Eiynck 1-2 r hbp, E. Novak 0-2 r bb sb, H. Burkstrand 0-2 bb, C. Zabinski 0-2 r bb, K. Mork 0-1 bb, S. Kenning 1-1, S. Poole 0-2 rbi bb, N. Theis 1-2 sb-2, D. Norton 0-1 bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: E. Holtz (W) 5-3-3-2-6-3 … St. Cloud: Mork (L) 4.1-1-5-3-6-6, Kenning 0.2-0-0-0-1-0

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