WILLMAR — After leading off the top of the 12th inning with a double, Willmar’s Jayden Dierenfeld managed to score on an error, pushing the Rails past Marshall in a marathon Corn Belt League game, 7-6 Wednesday at Legion Field.
Dierenfeld was 3-for-7 with a pair of runs. Jordan Steffer came through with a Willmar-best five hits. Christian Lessman scored three times in a 2-for-5 effort. He also went seven innings as the Rails’ starting pitcher.
While the A’s made seven errors, Willmar took advantage. Down 4-3 with two outs in the top of the ninth, Lessman drew a walk, advanced to second on an Ashton Gregory single, then reached home on an error to send the game into extra innings. Gregory was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
Getting the win for the Rails was Zak Madsen, who threw 1-2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Willmar will host Raymond at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Willmar 7, Marshall 6 (12 inn.)
Willmar 010 010 101 021-7 16 1
Marshall 020 000 200 020-6 8 7
Hitting - Willmar: Jayden Dierenfeld 3-7 2b r-2, Jordan Steffer 5-7, Christian Lessman 2-5 r-3, Ashton Gregory 3-6 2b r rbi-2, Adam Herman 1-5 r, Gunnar Banks 1-6 rbi-2, Wade Fischer 1-2 … Marshall: Tanner Strommen 1-3, Ryan Schwagel 1-1 rbi-2, Nick Macchio 2-3 2b r-2, Jordan Mernaugh 2-4 r rbi-2, Ryan VanMoer 2-4 r sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Lessman 7-5-2-2-3-9, Elijah Aker 1-0-1-1-2-0, Herman 0-0-1-1-1-0, Bryan Weidemann 2.1-3-2-2-2-3, Zak Madsen (W) 1.2-0-0-0-1-2 … Marshall: Logan Terfehr 4.1-5-2-2-3-5, Logan Tomasek (L) 7.2-11-5-1-2-5
Raymond 4, Litchfield 1
Behind a strong pitching effort led by starter Herman Solomon, Raymond was able to get a non-league home win against Litchfield on Wednesday night.
Solomon got the win after striking out eight and allowing three hits and a walk in five scoreless innings. Eli Nelson followed up with two scoreless innings of relief. Zach Nelson tallied three strikeouts for the save.
Caleb Ditmarson went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for the Rockets. Mike Jeseritz scored twice, also connecting with a double.
The Blues’ lone run came in the eighth when Avery Liestman scored on a wild pitch. Owen Boerema was hit with the loss after six innings of work.
Raymond returns home at 7:30 p.m. Friday to take on Sacred Heart. Litchfield plays New Ulm at 5 p.m. Sunday at Optimist Park.
Litchfield 000 000 010-1 7 2
Raymond 000 101 02x-4 5 0
Hitting - Litchfield: Matt Spreiter 1-4, Owen Boerema 1-4, Brady Smith 1-3, Gabe Lecher 1-2, Joey Hyde 1-3, Avery Liesteman 1-2 … Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 1-3 2b r-2, Caleb Ditmarson 2-4 2b rbi, Tyler Steen 1-2 2b sf rbi, Brett Swanson 1-1 2b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Boerema (L) 6-1-2-1-5-3, Dylan Kotzer 2-4-2-2-1-2 … Raymond: Herman Solomon (W) 5-3-0-0-1-8, Eli Nelson 2-2-0-0-0-0, Brooks Asche 0.2-1-1-1-2-2, Zach Nelson (S) 1.1-0-0-0-0-3
Young America 4, Bird Island 1
Thanks to five straight batters reaching base, Young America scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning en route to a non-league win Wednesday at Bird Island.
The Cardinals’ rally got started with a one-out double by Roch Whittaker. The next four batters drew walks, letting a pair of runs reach home. A sacrifice fly by Hunter Rickaby concluded the three-run frame.
The host Bullfrogs took an early lead with a sacrifice fly by Trevor Nissen, allowing Dylan Gass to reach home. Trent Athmann led Bird Island’s offense with two hits.
The Bullfrogs play in the Coors Light Classic on Saturday against Hutchinson and host Jordan.
Young America 000 310 000-4 5 1
Bird Island 100 000 000-1 5 0
Hitting - Young America: Brice Panning 1-3 r, Dillon Whittaker 1-1 rbi-2, Matt Mann 1-5, Roch Whittaker 2-3 2b r, Alex Logelin 0-2 r, Josh Lenz 0-2 r, Blake Pistulka 0-2 rbi, Hunter Rickaby 0-3 sf rbi … Bird Island: Trent Athmann 2-5, Dylan Gass 1-4 2b r, Shawn Dollerschell 1-4, Aiden Elfering 1-4, Trevor Nissen 0-4 sf rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Young America: Panning 4-1-1-1-4-5, Jordan Harms (W) 2-2-0-0-2-1, D. Whittaker 2-1-0-0-1-5, Hayden Meyer (S) 1-1-0-0-1-1 … Bird Island: James Woelfel (L) 3.1-2-3-3-5-2, Jordan Sagedahl 1.2-2-1-1-2-2, Elfering 3-0-0-0-0-5, Gass 1-1-0-0-0-2