WILLMAR — A tight, closely contested game between Paynesville and Willmar VFW1 Post 1639 was blown open in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Sending 13 batters to the plate in the deciding frame, Post 1639 lit up the scoreboard for eight runs en route to a 9-3 victory Monday from Bill Taunton Stadium.

Paynesville starting pitcher Trent Wendlandt fires to the plate during Monday's game against Willmar VFW1 Post 1639 from Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. 

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Paynesville starting pitcher Trent Wendlandt fires to the plate during Monday's game against Willmar VFW1 Post 1639 from Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Tied 1-1 in the fifth, Willmar’s Jason Malmgren and Sergio Fernandez each walked to lead off the inning. Two batters later, the home squad took its first lead of the game when Conner Owens bunted home Malmgren from third.

From there, Post 1639 did the rest of its scoring with two outs. After Sam Etterman made it 3-1 with a bases-loaded walk, Alex Schramm and Ridgley Hulstein each produced RBI singles. The visitors allowed two more to cross the plate on a pair of infield errors.

Willmar VFW1 Post 1639 first baseman Sam Etterman gets under a ball during Monday's game against Paynesville from Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. 

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Willmar VFW1 Post 1639 first baseman Sam Etterman gets under a ball during Monday's game against Paynesville from Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Etterman led Willmar offensively, going 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a run scored. Hulstein, the only player for Post 1639 with multiple hits, was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a stolen base. Schramm was 1-for-3 with two RBI and added a pair of stolen bases. Carter Schow reached safely twice, scoring each time.

Fernandez also reached twice and got the win on the mound. The right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in six innings.

Paynesville catcher Eli Nelson lifts a ball in the air during Monday's game against Willmar VFW1 Post 1639 from Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

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Paynesville catcher Eli Nelson lifts a ball in the air during Monday's game against Willmar VFW1 Post 1639 from Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

Paynesville equaled Post 1639 with eight hits, but could not muster much offense in support of Trent Wendlandt, who was tabbed with the loss after relinquishing three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. He also struck out four in 4-1/3 innings of work.

Eli Nelson was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases to lead the visitors.

Willmar VFW 1 9,

Paynesville 3

Paynesville 010 001 1-3 8 4
Willmar 000 180 x-9 8 2
Hitting - Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 1-3 bb sb, Chase Bayer 1-3 r sb, Eli Nelson 2-3 sb-2, Spencer Lieser 0-2 rbi sf, Max Athmann 1-2 bb sb, Jevan Terres 1-3 r sb, Trent Wendlandt 1-3 sb, Bennett Evans 0- r bb sac, Grant Miller 1-2 bb sb, Isaac Schultz 0-1 bb-2, Austin Pauls 0-3 rbi… Willmar: Ian Koosman 1-3 r bb, Cayden Hansen 0-3 r bb sb, Sam Etterman 1-2 r rbi bb-2 2b, Carter Schow 1-3 r-2 bb sb, Alex Schramm 1-3 r rbi-2 sb-2, Ridgley Hulstein 2-3 rbi sb, Jason Malmgren 0-2 r bb, Sergio Fernandez 1-2 r bb, Mason Swanson 0-2 bb, Conner Owens 1-3 r rbi, Brandt Sunder 0-1 sac
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Wendtlandt (L) 4.1-5-3-2-4-3, Nelson 0.2-3-6-0-1-1, Evans 1-0-0-0-3-1 … Willmar: Fernandez (W) 6-8-2-1-3-4, Schow 1-0-1-1-3-0

Willmar VFW 2 8,

Howard Lake 8 (8)

Host Howard Lake rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie it and the game was called a tie after eight innings.

Dalton Adolphson was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a stolen base and an RBI for Willmar (5-6-2).

Jack Stutsman and Cole Gilbert each had two hits for Howard Lake.

Willmar 100 501 10-8 7 7
Howard Lake 220 020 20-8 10 2
Hitting - Willmar: Mattix Swanson 0-2 r-3 bb sb-2, Dalton Adolphson 3-4 rbi 2b-2 sb, Maxwell Mobley 0-1 r rbi-2 bb sac-2, Kiko Lara 0-2 r bb, Jaxxon Sjoberg 1-2 r rbi bb-2, Logan Bass 1-3 bb, Chase Birchard 1-3 rbi, Kadin Brabender 1-2 r-2 bb, Jaydon Gamhardt 0-2 bb … Howard Lake: Mitch Mallak 0-4 rbi, Mason Mackiewski 0-2 r-2 bb-2, Collin Bose 1-3 r hbp sb, Jakob Duske 1-4 r rbi-2, Aiden Debner 1-4, Jack Stutsman 2-4, Kane Koirner 1-2 r bb-2 sb, Dylan Gangroth 1-3 r sb, Andrew Faschen 0-1 bb-2, Ethan Fiecke 1-2 r-2 rbi bb 2b sb, Cole Gilbert 2-3 r rbi 2b.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Jacob Streed 3-5-4-2-1-1, Adolphson 4-4-4-3-6-6, Lara 1-1-0-0-0-0… Howard Lake: Mackiewski 3-1-4-3-4-3, Gangroth 5-6-4-4-4-5

18U

NLS 7, BOLD 3

New London-Spicer scored six times in the top of the first inning then tacked on another run in the second to beat the BOLD Mudhens at Bird Island.

Eli Walton went 2-for-3 with an RBI for BOLD.

NLS 610 000 0-7 6 0
BOLD 000 021 0-3 6 0
Hitting - New London-Spicer: Not available … BOLD: Braeden Tersteeg 0-3 r bb, Avery Herdina 1-3 rbi bb, Aidan Elfering 1-3, Tim Peppel 0-2 r hbp, Blake Flann 1-3, Zeke Walton 1-2 bb, Eli Walton 2-3 rbi, Elliot Hagen 0-2 bb, Xavier Basadula 0-1 r bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New London-Spicer: Not available … BOLD: Walton (L) 5-5-7-7-3-5, Tersteeg 2-1-0-0-1-4

Late Sunday

Amateur Baseball

Hutchinson 9,

Litchfield 1

Jeremiah Van De Steeg allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, striking out three and walking one, to lead Hutchinson to the North Star League victory late Sunday at Litchfield’s Optimist Park.

Matthew Piechowski went 3-for-5 with a double and Daniel Van De Steeg was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Huskies.

For Litchfield, Avery Liestman went 2-for-3 with a run.

Hutchinson 100 004 040-9 14 1
Litchfield 000 000 010-1 7 2
Hitting - Hutchinson: Jayden Fleck 4-5 r-3 rbi-3 hr, Matthew Piechowski 3-5 r 2b sb, Marcus Hahn 2-5 r rbi-2, Tyler Schiller 1-5 rbi-2, Daniel Van De Steeg 3-5 r rbi, Lane Glaser 1-3 r 2b sb hbp, Brady Zachrison 0-4 bb, Noah Carrow 0-4 r-2 bb, Cody Arlt 0-3 hbp … Litchfield: Bret Wendlandt 1-1 rbi, Matt Spreiter 1-4, Gabe Lecher 1-3, Beb\n Asleben 1-1, Avery Liestman 2-3 r, Cody Klabunde 1-2 bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Hutchinson: Jeremiah Van De Steeg (W) 7-3-0-0-1-3, J Kraft 2-4-1-1-0-1 … Litchfield: Joey Hyde 6-8-5-4-1-4, alK Volinkaty 2-6-4-4-1-1, Jack Ramthun 1-0-0-0-0-1