WILLMAR - Strong pitching and timely hitting proved a winning recipe for the Willmar Stingers on Thursday.
Trevor Divinski pitched five-hit ball for seven innings and Gus Cunningham cleaned up in Willmar’s 6-1 win over Bismarck at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The stellar pitching helped bolster the six-run lead Stingers hitters spotted them in the first four innings.
In the second, Tyler Bosetti led off with a triple and scored on Justin King’s single. King eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.
Willmar added a run in the third when Brandon Bohning and Bosetti hit back-to-back singles and Daniel Walsh drove in Bohning with a sacrifice fly.
The Stingers made it 6-0 in the fourth on Bohning’s run-scoring double, King’s bases-loaded walk and a wild pitch that allowed Bohning to score the third run of the inning.
Cunningham allowed a Larks run in the eighth on Alex Peterson’s RBI single. He walked the leadoff man in the ninth but got three fly outs to end the game.
King was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Andrew Lucas, Walsh and Bohning, who also had two hits, all drove in runs. Bosetti was 2-for-3 and scored a run.
The Stingers and Larks play the second game of a two-game set at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Taunton.
Bismarck 000 000 010-1 7 1
Willmar 021 300 00x-6 9 1
Hitting - Bismarck: Stephen Baughn 2-4, Alex Peterson 2-4 rbi … Willmar: Brandon Bohning 2-3 2b rbi r-2, Tyler Bosetti 2-3 3b r, Justin King 2-3 2b rbi-2 r, Daniel Walsh 1-2 rbi, Andrew Lucas 0-4 rbi, Noah Haupt 2-4 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Bismarck: Hunter Kloke (L) 5-8-6-5-3-2, Evan Glew 2-1-0-0-1-2, Beau Atkins 1-0-0-0-0-0 … Willmar: Trevor Divinski (W) 7-5-0-0-2-4, Gus Cunningham 2-1-1-1-1-1
Willmar VFW Post 1639 jumped out front early but couldn’t get anything going offensively after the third inning in a loss at Alexandria on Thursday.
Willmar’s Andrew Baumgart had two hits and drove in both runs and Dylan Arndorfer had two hits and scored both runs.
Willmar 101 000 0-2 7 3
Alexandria 000 022 x-4 6 1
Hitting - Willmar: Dylan Arndorfer 2-3 r-2, Andrew Baumgart 2-4 rbi-2, Sam Etterman 1-2, Asaiah Smith 1-3, Ian Koosman 1-3 … Alexandria: Shay Endres 1-2 r, Sam Boetter 1-2 r, Elijah Holthaus 1-3 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Baumgart 2-2-0-0-0-1, Koosman 1-0-0-0-0-3, Arndorfer 1.2-1-2-1-2-1, Smith 0.1-1-0-0-0-0, Jett Salonek (L) 1-2-2-0-1-0 … Alexandria: Devan Swerman 2-1-1-1-1-3, Caleb Wendell (W) 5-6-1-0-3-2
EV-W 6, Kerkhoven 5
After Carson Geislinger opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a double, he crossed home plate on a Kerkhoven error, lifting Eden Valley-Watkins to a 6-5 walkoff win on Thursday night.
Weston Gjerde was 1-for-1 with a pair of runs for Post 223 while teammate Christian Diederich finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Regan Carlson and Isaac Call both had doubles in the loss.
Kerkhoven 103 000 1-5 5 3
EV-W 302 000 1-6 4 2
Hitting - Kerkhoven: Weston Gjerde 1-1 r-2, Regan Carlson 1-4 2b r rb, Isaac Call 1-4 2b, Christian Diederich 2-4 rbi-3, Alex Call 0-3 r-2 … Eden Valley-Watkins: Carson Geislinger 2-3 2b r-2, Michael Bautch 1-4 r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Kerkhoven: A Call 0.1-1-3-2-3-0, Carlson 5-2-2-2-5-5, Gjerde (L) 1-1-1-0-0-1 … Eden Valley-Watkins: Geislinger (W) 7-5-5-4-4-8
Raymond tore up Wabasso in an eight-inning game on Wednesday.
Tyler Steen was 4-for-4, drove in a run and scored three runs, and Mike Jeseritz had three hits and scored five runs. Starter and winner John Sawatzky and three relievers allowed just four hits.