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State Baseball: Cards fall in consolation final, Paynesville loses in semis

  1. ST. PAUL - Red Wing scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie and defeat Willmar 9-6 in the Minnesota State Baseball Tournament Class AAA consolation championship game on Friday at the University of Northwestern.

Grant Rolen’s two-run triple was the key hit in Red Wing’s seventh-inning surge. Willmar came back to score a run in its final at bat when Drey Dirksen tripled and scored on Zak Madsen’s two-out double.

The Cardinals, who defeated Grand Rapids 8-1 earlier on Friday to reach the title game, finished the season 14-8.

Red Wing’s Seth Yeatman, who had two hits and drove in two, got the win in relief.

Willmar’s Jack Baumgart had two hits and drove in three runs and Caleb Ditmarson was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In Class AA, Paynesville ended its season in the state tournament with a 4-3 loss to Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the consolation semifinals on Friday at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.

In Saturday’s championship games at Target Field, Heritage Christian plays Sleepy Eye at 10 a.m. in Class A, Duluth Marshall plays Maple Lake at 1 p.m. in Class AA, Rocori and Mahtomedi play at 4 p.m. in Class AAA, and Minnetonka at Stillwater play at 7 p.m. in Class AAAA.

In Class AAA, Rocori advanced with a 5-0 win over New Ulm on Friday and Mahtomedi reached the title game with a 1-0 victory over Alexandria on Friday.

Class AAAConsolation ChampionshipRed Wing 9, Willmar 6Red Wing   000 320 4-9   14 1
Willmar       100 031 1-6    10 2Hitting - Red Wing: Seth Yeatman 2-3 rbi-2 r-2, Tre Moore 2-4 rbi-2 … Willmar: Caleb Owen 1-3 r-2, Caleb Ditmarson 2-4 rbi, Jack Baumgart 2-4 rbi-3, Drey Dirksen 1-3 3b r, Jon Broman 1-3, Zak Madsen 1-4 2b rbi, Kaden Kessler-Gross 1-2 r, Jayden Dierenfeld 1-2 2b r-2Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Red Wing: Gage Peine 4-4-3-3-3-0, Moore 0-2-1-1-1-0, Yeatman (W) 3-4-2-1-2-7 … Willmar: Bryan Weidemann (L) 6.1-11-9-8-1-7, Madsen 0.2-3-0-0-0-1 Consolation SemifinalsWillmar 8, Grand Rapids 1Grand Rapids  000 001 0-1   5 1Willmar             111 320 x-8 12  1Hitting - Grand Rapids: Owen Linder 1-2, Collin Dibb 1-3 2b r, Kodi Miller 1-3 2b bb … Willmar: Caleb Owens 1-2 rbi r, Caleb Ditmarson 0-1 rbi sh, Jack Baumgart 2-3 2b-2 rbi r, Andrew Baumgart 1-1, Andy Schultz 1-3 rbi r sb, Jon Broman 1-3 2b r, Zak Madsen 2-3 r-2 sh, Blake VanDenEinde 2-2 r, Jayden Dierenfeld 1-1 r, Kaden Kessler-Gross 1-1 2b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Grand Rapids: Brooks Bachmann (L) 3.1-7-4-3-0-1, Ryan Barrett 0-1-2-2-2-0, Ty Karnes 1.1-3-2-2-2-2, Mike Heitkamp 1.1-1-0-0-3-0 … Willmar: Brady Bauman (W) 7-5-1-0-6-8 Class AAConsolationDGF 4, Paynesville 3

Nathan Leitner hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Taylor Irwin worked a complete game at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton downed Paynesville in the state Class AA consolation bracket on Friday at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud.

Paynesville managed just five hits and one earned run off Irwin, despite five DGF errors.

Paynesville’s Sam Hopfer had two hits and drove in a run and Jared Campbell had a hit and scored a run.

Paynesville  001 011 0-3   5 0DGF              300 010 x-4 4   5Hitting - Paynesville: Sam Hopfer 2-3 2b rbi, Sam Oehrlein 1-3, Jared Campbell 1-2 r, Ryan Wisted 0-3 r, Zach Schroeder 1-3 … Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton: Nathan Leitner 1-3 hr rbi-3 r, Andrew Oberg 2-4 2b r-2Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Sam Oehrlein (L) 4.2-4-4-4-6-5, Grady Fuchs 1.1-0-0-0-1-1 … Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton: Taylor Irwin (W) 7-5-3-1-0-3
Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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