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Garcia homer helps Stingers win fourth straight

WILLMAR - Richie Garcia broke a tie with a two-run home run in the eighth inning and the Willmar Stingers ran their winning streak to four games with a 5-4 victory over Duluth on Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

In the eighth with the Stingers and Huskies tied 3-3, Jayson Newman walked with one out and Garcia followed with his homer.

In the top of the ninth, reliever Jake Drew allowed a lead-off single and, eventually, a run. But Drew got a strikeout to end the game.

The Stingers scored first in the first inning when Matt Rudick doubled and scored on Nic Hernandez' RBI groundout.

In the second, Jaxon Hallmark hit a two-out single and Rudick blasted a two-run homer for a 3-0 lead.

The Stingers completed a sweep of a four-game home set against Waterloo and Duluth and now hit the road for a pair of games at Rochester. Games start at 7:05 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Willmar 5, Duluth 4

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Hitting - Duluth: Augie Isaacson 1-5 2b rbi-2, Chris Gilbody 1-4 rbi r, Julian Escobedo 3-4 r ... Willmar: Matt Rudick 2-4 hr 2b rbi-2 r-2, Tyler Reichenborn 2-4, Nic Hernandez 0-3 r, Jayson Newman 0-2 r, Richie Garcia 1-4 hr rbi-2 r, Shea Kramer 1-4, Jaxon Hallmark 1-3 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Duluth: H Shenefied 6-6-3-3-2-5, T Holdgrafer (L) 2-1-2-2-2-1 ... Willmar: Louie Varland 6-5-3-2-2-6, Michael Cartwright 0.2-1-0-0-1-0, Braxton Johns 1.1-0-0-0-1-1, Jake Drew 1-1-1-1-0-1

Saturday's Result

Willmar 5, Duluth 4

Willmar didn't score in its final three at bats but put up enough runs early to hold off first-place Duluth on Saturday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Nic Hernandez homered, doubled and drove in two runs, and John Trousdale hit a solo shot.

Nick Dentoni worked the first five innings to get the victory. He allowed a run on three hits.

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Hitting - Duluth: Augie Isaacson 2-5 3b rbi-2, Justin Mitchell 1-2 hr rbi r, Trevin Esquerra 1-4 hr rbi r ... Willmar: Matt Rudick 1-4 rbi, Tyler Reichenborn 0-2 r, Nic Hernandez 2-3 hr 2b rbi-2 r, John Trousdale 1-3 hr rbi r, Richie Garcia 1-3 r, Jaxon Hallmark 1-3 rbi r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Duluth: Hunter Bigge (L) 5-6-5-5-2-2, Kyle Mora 1.2-0-0-0-3-3, Logan VanWey 1.1-0-0-0-2-3 ... Willmar: Nick Dentoni (W) 5-3-1-1-2-1, Ben Mora 1.1-3-3-3-0-2, Jayson Newman 1.2-0-0-0-1-3, Jake Drew (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-2

Legion Baseball

Willmar 9, Foley 1

Tyler Johnson worked seven strong innings and Willmar put the game away with a five-run sixth inning at the Marshall Wood Bat Tournament.

Jon Broman had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs. Andy Schultz was 3-for-3 and drove in a run, Kaden Kessler-Gross had two hits and two RBIs and Caleb Owens had two hits, drove in a run and scored three times.

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Hitting - Foley: Drew Murphy 2-3, Alec Dietl 1-2 ... Willmar: Jayden Dierenfeld 2-4 3b 2b rbi r-2, Caleb Owens 2-3 rbi r-3, Andy Schultz 3-3 2b rbi r, Caleb Ditmarson 0-3 r-2, Jon Broman 2-4 3b rbi-3, Kaden Kessler-Gross 2-2 rbi-2, Gunnar Banks 1-3 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Foley: Chris Plante (L) 6-12-9-5-2-6 ... Willmar: Tyler Johnson (W) 7-4-1-1-4-5

Albany 5, Willmar 4

Albany took advantage of a Willmar error on a ground ball to score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning at the Marshall Wood Bat Tournament.

Drey Dirksen homered and drove in three runs and Caleb Ditmarson had two hits and drove in a run.

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Hitting - Willmar: Jayden Dierenfeld 1-3, Tyler Johnson 1-3 r, Andy Schultz 0-2 r-2, Drey Dirksen 1-4 hr rbi-3 r, Caleb Ditmarson 2-3 2b rbi, Kaden Kessler-Gross 1-3 ... Albany: Isaac Nett 2-4 rbi r, Ethan Navratil 1-3 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Bryan Weidemann 6.2-8-4-1-1-5, Ditmarson (L) 1-0-1-0-2-1 ... Albany: Not provided

SH/M 9, Minnetonka 4

Sacred Heart/MACCRAY broke open a tied game with five seventh-inning runs in a victory over Minnetonka.

Corbin Wohlman had three its and two RBIs, Tyler Froland doubled twice, drove in a run and scored twice and Gabe Henker and Tyler Rice both had two hits, including doubles, and drove in a run.

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Hitting - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Tyler Froland 2-4 2b-2 rbi r-2, Corbin Wohlman 3-4 rbi-2 r, Jack Howard 1-5 r, Gabe Henker 2-4 2b rbi, Spencer Wohlman 1-2 r, Tyler Rice 2-4 2b rbi r, Trent Kjersten 0-1 rbi, Braden Hoekstra 0-0 r, Andrew Miller 0-0 r-2 ... Minnetonka: Ostrom 3-4 rbi-2, Graupman 2-4 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Eli Aaker 5.2-11-4-4-2-1, Froland (W) 1.1-1-0-0-0-1 ... Minnetonka: Powell 5-6-4-3-3-3, Hermann 2-5-5-5-2-1

Ely 6, SH/M 4

Sacred Heart/MACCRAY's rally in the seventh fell just short in a loss to Ely.

SH/M's Trent Kjersten doubled, drove in a run and scored twice, and Gabe Henker had two hits.

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Hitting - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Trent Kjersten 1-3 2b rbi r-2, Jacob Grun 0-3 rbi, Tony Froland 0-3 rbi, Gabe Henker 2-4, Braden Hoekstra 0-1 r, Eli Aaker 0-1 r, Corbin Wohlman 1-3 ... Ely: Tyler Housey 2-4 rbi r, Trea Stickler 1-2 rbi r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Jack Howard (L) 5-2-4-4-7-6, Brady Kienitz 1-2-2-1-0-0 ... Ely: Gage Merhar (W) 6.1-4-4-3-4-10, Carter Gaulke 0.2-0-0-0-0-1

SH/M 11, K-W 7

Three Kenyon-Wanamingo home runs weren't enough against Sacred Heart/MACCRAY on Sunday.

SH/M's Tony Froland had three hits and drove in two runs Jack Howard had two hits and drove in two and Tyler Rice tripled and drove in two runs.

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Hitting - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Trent Kjersten 1-1 rbi r-2, Corbin Wohlman 2-5 rbi r, Jack Howard 2-4 rbi r-2, Tony Froland 3-4 2b rbi-2 r, Spencer Wohlman 1-4 r, Braden Hoekstra 2-5 r-2, Tyler Rice 1-2 3b rbi-2 r-2, Eli Aaker 1-1 rbi, Rhys Schwitters 0-3 rbi ... Kenyan-Wanamingo: Tyler Craig 2-4 hr rbi r, Micah Johnson 2-4 hr rbi r, Owen Hilke 1-4 hr rbi r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Spencer Wohlman (W) 7-11-7-5-5-1 ... Kenyan-Wanamingo: Colin Swiggum (L) 4.1-8-7-7-2-4, Luke Berg 2.2-5-4-4-1-0

VFW Baseball

Willmar 15, Cold Spring 0

Willmar put up a nine-spot in the first inning and cruised to a five-inning win over Cold Spring.

Willmar's Jett Solanek threw a two-hitter, striking out five, and he also had two hits and drove in a run. Ashton Gregory had two hits and drove in two runs and Asaiah Smith had a single and three RBIs.

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Hitting - Cold Spring: Colby Mergen 2-2 2b ... Willmar: Dylan Arndorfer 1-2 rbi-2 r-3, Jack Roehl 0-1 r, Asaiah Smith 1-4 rbi-3 r, Ashton Gregory 2-2 2b rbi-2 r, Joe Price 1-2 rbi, Jett Solanek 2-3 rbi, Sam Huseby 1-1 r, Dalton Ogdahl 1-3, Chase Dirksen 1-3 r, Adam Bengtson 0-3 rbi r-2, Luke Sellmann 1-1 rbi r-2, Zach Schultz 1-2 rbi-2 r-2 bb-2, Dominic Amon 0-0 bb-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Cold Spring: Clark Nelson 0-1.3-7-6-3-0, Caleb Dockendorf 1.2-7-7-6-1-1, Caiden Diedrich 2-2-1-1-4-0 ... Willmar: Salonek (W) 5-2-0-0-0-5

Paynesville 2, Willmar 1

Paynesville's Carter Wessel allowed a run on three hits while striking out eight in seven innings, and he drove in one of his team's runs in a win over Willmar.

Paynesville's Grady Fuchs and Levi Bast both had two hits and Fuchs scored both his team's runs.

Willmar's Dylan Arndorfer had two of his team's three hits.

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Hitting - Willmar: Dylan Arndorfer 2-3 3b r, Tanner Bauman 0-2 rbi, Hunter Magnuson 1-3 ... Paynesville: Grady Fuchs 2-3 2b r-2, Levi Bast 2-3, Carter Wessel 1-3 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Andrew Baumgart (L) 6-5-2-2-1-5 ... Paynesville: Wessel (W) 7-3-1-1-2-8

Amateur Baseball

NL-Spicer 6, Paynesville 0

Adam Nibaur fired a one-hitter and struck out nine to lead New London-Spicer over Paynesville.

Nibaur was a Spencer Imholte single away from throwing a perfect game on Sunday.

NLS' Scott Rambow had three hits and drove in two runs and Mike Danielson had three hits, drove in a run and scored twice. Derek Dolezal had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run.

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Hitting - Paynesville: Spencer Imholte 1-3 ... New London-Spicer: Jake Rambow 2-4 rbi, Mike Danielson 3-5 rbi r-2, Scott Rambow 3-4 rbi-2 r-2, John Perkins 1-4, Derek Dolezal 2-4 rbi r, Andrew Bangen 2-3 r, Ben Kulset 2-4

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Imholte (L) 8-16-6-6-1-1 ... New London-Spicer: Adam Nibaur (W) 9-1-0-0-0-9

NL-Spicer 4, Raymond 2

New London-Spicer kicked off a stellar weekend with a 10-inning road win in Raymond on Saturday.

In the top of the 10th, Ben Kulset singled in the go-ahead run and Jake Rambow doubled home Kulset with an insurance run.

Kulset set the Rockets down in order in the bottom of the 10th.

Jake Rambow had three hits and drove in two runs and Kulset had two hits, drove in the run an scored twice.

Raymond's Mike Jeseritz was 5-for-5 and Brett Swanson doubled and drove in one of the Rockets' runs.

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Hitting - New London-Spicer: Jake Rambow 3-3 2b rbi-2, Austen Hadley 1-6 rbi, Mike Danielson 2-5, Scott Rambow 1-4, John Perkins 2-5 r, Austin Rambow 2-5 r, Andrew Bangen 1-3, Dalton Rambow 1-2, Ben Kulset 2-3 rbi r-2 ... Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 5-5 r, Eric Hulterstrum 1-3, Calvin Kosminskas 1-5 r, Joe Schlagel 1-3, John Sawatzky 1-2 2b, Jose Rosario 1-4, Brett Swanson 1-4 2b rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Bangen 3.1-5-2-1-2-1, Kulset (W) 6.2-6-0-0-3-4 ... Raymond: Brandon Wedel 5.2-9-2-2-3-4, Rosario 2.1-3-0-0-1-3, Kosminskas (L) 2-3-2-2-0-1

Starbuck 5, Cokato 4

The Stars scored all their runs in the first inning and held off Cokato in a seven-inning game.

Colin Richards went the distance to get the win. Matt McIver singled and drove in three runs and Austin Versteeg had two hits.

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Hitting - Cokato: Not provided ... Starbuck: Michael Gruber 1-3 r, Justin Amundson 0-2 r, Austin Versteeg 2-3, Mike Andreas 1-3 rbi, Mike Kragenbring 0-2 r, Colin Richards 0-3 r, Jackson Hendrickson 1-2 r, Matt McIver 1-3 rbi-3, Ryan Amundson 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Starbuck: Not provided ... Starbuck: Richards (W) 7-10-4-3-2-3

Area Tennis

Willmar Fests champions crowned

Five players and teams won championships at the Willmar Fests Tennis Tournament over the weekend at the Willmar High School courts.

In the Men's Open Singles, Connor Hutton defeated Peyton

LeClair 6-3, 6-0 and in the Women's Open Singles, Danielle Thorfinnson defeated

Ava Hanson 6-0, 6-0.

In Mixed Open Doubles, Elise Bierbaum and Tanner Funk defeated

Josh Prahl and Britney Prahl 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

In Women's Open Doubles, Shanna Finny and Avery Stilwell defeated

Chloe Hansen and Ashley Prahl 8-0, and in Men's Open Doubles, Kyle Rice and Adam Rice defeated Drew Corneil and Jarod Swoboda 6-3,6-1.

Tom Larson

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

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