LITCHFIELD — Despite trailing in the early innings, Litchfield batters Bennett Lecher and Drew Kotzer both notched clutch home runs Friday night at Optimist Park.

It helped the Dragons beat Hutchinson 7-4.

The Dragons are now 10-3 for the season and will host Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Monday.

In the Wright County Conference West Division, Litchfield is on a five game winning streak.

Both Litchfield and Glencoe-Silver Lake and Litchfield went into Friday with identical 8-2 records in the Wright County West.

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Annandale is in third with an overall record of 4-4.

In the Wright County Conference East Division, Hutchinson came into Friday’s matchup leading the way with a 7-4 record. With the loss, Hutchinson drops to 7-5 overall. Hutchinson hosts New Ulm on Saturday.

Senior Hunter Theil looks on at the approaching fastball against Hutchinson on Friday, May 7, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune.
Senior Hunter Theil looks on at the approaching fastball against Hutchinson on Friday, May 7, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune.
Ashton Sullivan replaced teammate Ben Alesleben on the mound in Litchfield's home matchup against Hutchinson on Friday, May 7, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune.
Ashton Sullivan replaced teammate Ben Alesleben on the mound in Litchfield's home matchup against Hutchinson on Friday, May 7, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune.
Senior Jud Dollerschell rounds third and heads for home on an eventual fly out on Friday, May 7, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
Senior Jud Dollerschell rounds third and heads for home on an eventual fly out on Friday, May 7, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune





Wright County

Litchfield 7, Hutchinson 4

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Litchfield 000 070 x-7 6 2
Hitting - Hutchinson: Starrett 2-4 rbi, B. McGill 2-2 r-2 … Litchfield: Bennett Lecher 2-4 r rbi-2, Bauer Wahl 2-4, Kotzer 1-3 r rbi-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Hutchinson: I Starke 2 ⅔-2-0-0-3-0, M. Einck (L) 2 1/3-3-7-2-1-0, St. Starke 1-1-0-0-0-0 … Litchfield: Ben Alsleben 4-1-1-0-1-2, A. Sullivan 1-2-2-2-2-1, Caden Besemer (W) 2-3-1-1-2-1.

Melrose 8,

Montevideo 7

Montevideo had a seven-run top of the fourth inning, but Melrose managed to climb back for the West Central Conference victory in Melrose.

Gavin Johnson, Mason Jerve and Grayson Eisenlohr each had a hit for the Thunder Hawks.

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Melrose 012 032 x-8 12 3
Hitting - Montevideo: Gavin Johnson 1-3 r rbi-2, Mason Jerve 1-3 r, Grayson Eisenlohr 1-3 rbi, Landen Knoshal 0-3 r rbi, Kaden Boike 0-3 r bb, Brady Snell 0-2 r bb, Bryson Malstrom 0-2 r bb … Melrose: Devin Orbeck 2-4 r-2 rbi sb, Dylan Gertken 1-4 r-2 sb-2, Grant Moscho 2-4 rbi-2, Brett Engelmeyer 1-4 r sb-2, Gabe Schwieters 2-3 r-2 rbi, Gavin Sawyer 2-3 rbi, Henry Braun 1-3, Ethan Ettel 1-3 r sb, Tyler Rademacher 0-3 rbi sb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Montevideo: Boike 5-8-6-1-0-1, Gage Augeson (L) 1-4-2-2-0-1 … Melrose: Schwieters 3-2-5-4-4-2, Dylan Gertken (W) 4-1-2-0-0-3.

Camden

YME 8, T-M-B 4

Jake Odegaard finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run and a stolen base to lead Yellow Medicine East past Tracy-Milroy-Balaton for a Camden Conference victory at Milroy.

Hunter Wilke scored three times for the Sting while going 1-for-2 with three walks. On the mound, Cody Dahlager got the win after striking out nine in five innings.



YME 120 300 2-8 6 4
T-M-B 002 010 1-4 4 5
Hitting - YME: Hunter Wilke 1-2 r-3 bb-3, Nikson Knapper 1-5 rbi, Cody Dahlager 1-5 sb-2, Caleb Jans 1-2 r rbi bb-2, Jake Odegard 2-3 r rbi-2 sb, Ty Schulte 0-5 r rbi-2, Nolan Hildahl 0-4 r sb, Tyler Nordaune 0-2 r bb-2 … T-M-B: Joe Anderson 2-4 2b rbi, Nick Schmidt 1-4 2b, Travis Willhite 1-1, Alex Schuh 0-4 r-2, Nathan Fultz 0-4 rbi, Matt Munson 0-1 r-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - YME: Dahlager (W) 5-2-3-0-3-9, Knapper 2-2-1-0-0-2 … T-M-B: Ashton Squires 3 1/3-5-6-3-3-2 (L), Jayden Torgeson 1 2/3-0-0-0-3-1, Schuh 2-1-2-0-1-4.

RCW 16, Lakeview 2

Brandan Hoberg went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Jack Wertish was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Renville County West past Lakeview at Cottonwood.

RCW (3-3 Camden, 7-5 overall) plays Lac qui Parle Valley at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart.

RCW 273 22-16 16 1
Lakeview 110 00-2 3 4
Hitting - RCW: Isaac Haen 3-4 bb rbi-3, Brandan Hoberg 4-4 2b rbi, Tyler Froland 1-4 rbi-2, Ayden Gustafson 1-4 rbi-2, Landon Tanner 2-5 rbi-4, Camden Wohlman 1-2 rbi, Jack Wertish 3-4 rbi, Adam Schrupp 1-2 rbi … Lakeview: Aaron Lienemann 1-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RCW: Gustafson 2-1-2-1-2-5, Froland (W) 2-2-0-0-2-3, Hoberg 1-0-0-0-1-3 … Lakeview: Brock Kvistad (L) 2-7-9-6-4-4, Lienemann 3-9-7-5-2-1.

R-T-R 1, LQPV 0

Hayden Gravely tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Russell-Tyler-Ruthton to the Camden Conference win over Lac qui Parle Valley at Madison.

Gravely struck out 10 and walked one.

R-T-R (7-3) scored its run in the second inning when Brayden Appel drew a bases-loaded walk.

The Eagles (3-3) are headed to the Irish Yards Classic Saturday. It’s a four-team tournament. LQPV plays BOLD in the semifinals at 12:30 p.m. at Milroy. Springfield and Redwood Valley play in the other semifinal. The losers then play for third with the winners meeting for the title.

R-T-R 010 000 0-1 4 0
LQPV 000 000 0-0 2 0
Hitting - R-T-R: Aiden Wichmann 1-4, Cody Wichmann 1-4 2b, Drew Werkman 2-3 r … LQPV: Carter Amland 1-2 2b, Avery Wittnebel 1-3 2b.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - R-T-R: Hayden Gravely (W) 7-2-0-0-1-10 … LQPV: Blake Wolschlager (L) 6-4-1-1-4-9, Wittenebel 1-0-0-0-1-1

MaxBat Classic

Minnewaska 12,

ML/WR 1

Minnewaska notched five runs in the first inning before scoring a run in the second and two more in the third. The Lakers finished the night with three runs in the top of the sixth, Moose Lake/Willow River scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth.

MNNW 512 103-12 12 2
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Hitting - Minnewaska: M Gruber 0-4 r bb, A VerSteeg 1-1 r-2 bb-2 2b, D Alexander 1-3 r rbi-2 bb, D Friedrichs rbi, R Johnson 4-4 r-3 rbi, D Lohre r hbp, T Johnson 3-3 r-2 rbi-2, B Ortendahl bb r, H Johnson bb-2, A Myslicki 1-1 rbi, P Johnson 2-3 r rbi bb 2b... Moose Lake/Willow River: Ribech 2-3, Danielson 1-3 , Bode r, Dewey 1-3.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: M Gruber (W) 5-4-0-0-1-7, T Johnson 1-0-1-0-0-0 Moose Lake/Willow River: Johnson (L) 4-9-9-9-6-2, Privette 2-3-3-3-2-1

Non-Conference

KMS 12, Sauk Centre 0

Alex Call tossed a two-hit, five-inning shutout to lead Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg over Sauk Centre at Elrosa.

Call struck out 10 and walked no one.

The Fighting Saints had 12 hits, led by Wylee Lottman, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Jared Cortez homered for KMS.

KMS 203 43-12 12 2
Sauk Centre 000 00- 0 2 6
Hitting - KMS: Isaac Rudningen 2-4 2b r, Wylee Lottman 3-4 3b r-2 rbi-4 sb, Isaac Call 1-3 r-3 rbi bb, Alex Call 1-2 r rbi-2 sb bb, Jared Cortez 1-3 hr r rbi, Brody Forsell 2-3 r-2, Jaiden Henjum 2-3 r-2 sb … Sauk Centre: Eli Fletcher 1-1, Hunter Danielson 1-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - KMS: A. Call (W) 5-2-0-0-0-10 … Sauk Centre: Peyton Crider (L) 5-12-12-6-2-3.

Amateur Baseball

Sacred Heart 10,

Milroy Irish 7

After the Milroy Irish tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the sixth inning, the Sacred Heart Saints put up three runs in the bottom of the frame to pull away with the season-opening victory at Sacred Heart.

Milroy 200 104 000-7 7 1
Sacred Heart 002 503 00x-10 10 4
Hitting - Milroy: Dominic Dolan 1-5 r sb, Tyler Peterson 1-3 r-2, Brady Lanoue 2-4 2-4 r-2 rbi, Zackary Cain 2-5 r rbi-4, Jake Plaetz 1-4 rbi-2, Tyler Patterson 0-4 r … Sacred Heart: Trent Novotny 1-3 r-3, Ryan Hebrink 3-4 r-2 rbi-2, Nate Hebrink 1-3 2b r-2 rbi, Jeremy Hinderks 4-6 3b 2b rbi-6, Jose Ortiz 1-5, Mike Kuschel 0-4 r, Jean Morales 0-4 r sb, Kevin Strommer 0-0 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Milroy: Moses Dolan 3 2/3-5-7-2-4-3, Plaetz (L) 2 1/3-4-3-3-2-2, Kenny Morris 1-1-0-0-2-1, Anthony Dolan 1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Sacred Heart: Jack Howard 3-2-2-0-3-5, Ortiz (W) 3-5-5-4-2-2, Hinderks (Sv) 3-0-0-0-0-2.