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Willmar VFW falls to Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON - Hutchinson put an end to a scoreless pitchers' duel with three runs in the sixth and went on to defeat Willmar VFW Post 1639 3-1 on Tuesday.

Hutch starter and winner Alec Prieve and Willmar's Adam Bengtson battled through 5-1/2 innings, with Bengtson going five innings and allowing just three hits. Prieve exited after six having allowed four hits and a couple of walks to go along with three strikeouts.

Willmar tried to rally in its final at bat but managed just a run off Hutchinson reliever Ethan Beffert, who earned a save.

Willmar's Jett Solanek had three hits, including a double, and Tanner Bauman and Carter Ochsendorf had the other Post 1639 hits.

Hutchinson 3, Willmar 1

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Hitting - Willmar: Tanner Bauman 1-4, Jett Solanek 3-4 2b, Carter Ochsendorf 1-3 ... Hutchinson: John Kuttner 2-3 r, Ethan Beffert 1-2 2b, Ryan Tollefson 1-2 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Adam Bengtson 5-3-0-0-1-1, Dylan Arndorfer 0.2-1-3-2-5-0, Andrew Baumgart 0.1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Hutchinson: Alec Prieve (W) 6-4-0-0-2-3, Beffert (Sv) 1-1-1-1-2-2

Legion Baseball

Granite Falls 4,

Madison 1

Tom Lindstrom was effectively wild, picking up the win in Granite Falls' victory over Madison.

Lindstrom worked six innings and walked six, but he allowed just one hit and struck out three.

Bennett Knapper worked the seventh to get the save.

Granite's Brandon Schmidt hit a solo home run, Cole Richter and Jordan Odegard both had hits and RBIs and Asa Ulferts was 2-for-3 with a double.

Peyton Mortenson and Evan Benson had Madison's hits and Dane Haas picked up an RBI when he was hit by a pitch.

Madison plays host to Canby at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Hitting - Granite Falls: Jordan Odegard 1-4 rbi, Bennett Knapper 1-4 2b rbi, Brandon Schmidt 1-4 hr rbi, Austin Friese 1-4, Angel Jimenez 1-4 2b, Cole Richter 1-4 rbi, Asa Ulferts 2-3 2b ... Madison: Peyton Mortenson 1-3, Evan Benson 1-2 bb-2, Dain Haas 0-3 rbi hbp

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: Tom Lindstrom (W) 6-1-1-1-6-3, Knapper (Sv) 1-1-0-0-1-0 ... Madison: Wyatt Halvorson (L) 6-8-4-3-1-8, Braiden Kittelson 1-0-0-0-0-2

College Baseball

Willmar 10,

Rochester 5, 11 inn.

An extra-inning game that didn't end until almost midnight on Tuesday was the last thing the Willmar Stingers needed as they faced a long bus trip from Rochester to Duluth and a 12:05 p.m. start to Wednesday's doubleheader against the Huskies.

But at least the outcome made working overtime worth it.

The Willmar Stingers got hot late, scoring five runs in the top of the 11th inning and downing Rochester in Rochester.

In the 11th, tied 5-5, the Stingers loaded the bases and Richie Garcia singled in the go-ahead run. Jaxon Hallmark walked to plate a second run, Eric Yang scored on a wild pitch, and Caleb Ricca singled in a fourth run. Matt Rudick's sacrifice fly to center scored Hallmark and the Stingers led 10-5.

In the bottom of the 11th, Willmar reliever Brady Claunch set the Honkers down in order.

Reichenborn had four hits, including a home run and a double, and he drove in three runs. Ricca and Rudick both had two hits and drove in runs.

After a relatively tame first eight innings gave way to a wild ninth and extra innings.

Rochester broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth when Matt Hardy singled to lead off the inning and came around to score on two Stingers errors on Reed Hjelle's ground ball.

But in the top of the ninth, Willmar's Sebastian Samuels led off with a single and pinch runner Jaxon Hallmark scored on Matt Rudick's single and a Rochester error.

Willmar took a two-run lead when Tyler Reichenborn doubled in Rudick and Nic Hernandez singled in Reichenborn.

But in the bottom of the ninth, a pair of two-out doubles and a Stingers error helped Rochester tie the game 5-5 and force extra innings.

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Hitting - Willmar: Matt Rudick 3-6 rbi r-2, Tyler Reichenborn 4-7 hr 2b rbi-3 r-2, Eli Wilson 1-4 2b r, John Trousdale 2-5 2b r, Eric Yang 1-5 r, Richie Garcia 1-6 rbi r, Jaxon Hallmark 0-0 rbi r-2 bb-2, Caleb Ricca 3-5 rbi, Sebastian Samuels 1-3, Nic Hernandez 1-5 rbi ... Rochester: Jaylon McLaughlin 3-6 r , Alex McGarry 3-5 2b rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Jonathan McKinney 6-5-1-1-1-6, Nick Mears 1-2-1-1-1-2, Jayson Newman 2-3-3-1-0-3, Bryant Claunch (W) 2-1-0-0-1-1 ... Rochester: David Lemasters 6-7-2-2-1-5, Z. Sundine 2-0-0-0-3-4, Kevin West 1-4-3-3-0-1, Connor Barrett (L) 1.1-5-5-5-4-0, Nate Webb 0.2-1-0-0-0-0

Tom Larson

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

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