EVW edges Litchfield to open Legion playoffs

EDEN VALLEY--A battle of the No. 4 and 5 seeds proved to be as close as advertised on Tuesday with the Eden Valley-Watkins Legion team edging out Litchfield 3-2 to open the Division II District 7 East Sub-District playoffs.

EDEN VALLEY-A battle of the No. 4 and 5 seeds proved to be as close as advertised on Tuesday with the Eden Valley-Watkins Legion team edging out Litchfield 3-2 to open the Division II District 7 East Sub-District playoffs.

EVW scored all of its runs in the second inning and Litchfield did all of its scoring in the fifth. The teams were evenly matched in terms of hitting, too, as the teams each had four hits.

Mitch Virnig threw all six for Litchfield but was tagged with the loss despite his nine strikeouts. Logan Lynn earned the win with five innings only allowing two runs. Travis Thielen came in for the final two innings to save the game.

EVW, the No. 4 seed, will take on top-seeded Tri-Town on Thursday and Litchfield heads to the loser's bracket to take on the loser of Thursday's matchup between New London-Spicer and BOLD.

Eden Valley-Watkins 3, Litchfield 2


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Hitting-Litchfield: Jake Jones 1-3, Carson Deal 1-3, Tony Schneider 1-2 rbi, Hunter Czyalla 1-3 ... EVW: Travis Thielen 2-3 rbi, Andrew Bautch 1-3, Jameson Kyechle 1-2 rbi, Patrick Yanish 0-2 rbi

Pitching-Litchfield: Mitch Virnig (L) 6-4-3-3-3-9 ... EVW: Logan Lynn (W) 5-3-2-2-1-3, Thielen (S) 2-1-0-0-0-1

Southwest Sub-District

Madison 3, Granite Falls 2

Connor Oie had a game-winning RBI single with one out in the bottom of the sixth, lifting Madison to a win in Southwest Sub-District playoff play.

Austin Domeier, who scored the winning run, had a game-best two hits.


Blake Lindstrom and Cole Richter both had RBIs for Granite Falls, which put the tying run on base in the seventh but couldn't couldn't even up the score.

Both teams play again at 7 p.m. this evening. Madison hosts Cottonwood in the winner's bracket, while Granite Falls looks to stave off elimination when it travels to Montevideo.

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Madison 001 011 x-3 5 4

Hitting-Granite Falls: Nick Lindstrom 1-3, Logan Thorsted 1-3, Blake Lindstrom 1-3 rbi, Brandon Schmidt 1-3, Cole Richter 1-3 rbi ... Madison: Connor Oie 1-3 rbi, Brandon Hill 1-2 rbi, Collin Gades 1-3 2b, Austin Domeier 2-2

Pitching-Granite Falls: Will Jeseritz 4-1-1-1-4-2, Tom Lindstrom (L) 2-4-2-1-1-0 ... Madison: Cole Bungarden (W) 6-5-2-1-1-4, Hill (S) 1-0-0-0-1-2

Minneota 8, Kerkhoven 0

Nothing went right for Kerkhoven, as Minneota dominated the Division II District 7 Southwest Sub-District opener.


Two errors opened the door for a six-run Minneota second, and Kerkhoven could muster just four singles off of Henry Pesch.

Kerkhoven travels to Raymond at 7 p.m. tonight to face Sacred Heart/MACCRAY in the consolation bracket.

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Kerkhoven 000 000 0-0 4 4

Hitting-Minneota: Henry Pesch 2-4 r rbi, Preston Nuy 1-2 rbi ... Kerkhoven: Caleb Collins 1-3, Josh Peterson 1-3, Ryan Torkelson 1-2, Weston Gjerde 1-2

Pitching-Minneota: Pesch (W) 7-4-0-0-0-8 ... Kerkhoven: Rylan Hatlestad (L) 6-8-8-6-3-5, Brandin Dahl 1-0-0-0-1-1

District 7

Morris 4, Osakis 1

Morris created an early lead and held off a late rally to win Tuesday's opening playoff match against Osakis.

Morris was efficient in its scoring with four players crossing home off only five hits. Defensively, Morris pitching kept the Osakis bats in check, limiting them to only one hit. Brady Jergenson allowed the single hit in six innings of work. He gave seven free passes, though, including four walks in the sixth that scored the only run for Osakis on the day.

It will be a battle between the No. 2 and No. 3 seed on Thursday when Brandon-Evansville travels to Morris for the second round of the playoffs.

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Morris 300 010 x-4 5 4

Hitting-Osakis: Carter Rost 1-3 ... Morris: Sean Amundson 1-3 r, Toby Sayles 1-2 r, Chase Metzger 1-3 sb rbi r, Ryan Dietz 1-3 2b rbi, Robert Rohloff 1-2 sb

Pitching-Osakis: Isaac InFanger (L) 3-3-3-0-2-1, Reed DeWenter 3-2-1-1-1-1 ... Morris: Brady Jergenson (W) 6-1-1-1-7-7, Ryan Bowman (S) 1-0-0-0-0-2


Willmar I 15, NLS 0

Willmar I's nine-run second inning sealed New London-Spicer's fate in a VFW game on Tuesday at Green Lake Diamond in Spicer.

Isaiah Riemersma was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs, Drey Dirksen tripled and drove in four runs, and Zak Madsen and Jon Broman both had hits and drove in two runs.

Jayden Dierenfeld worked four innings to get the win, combining with reliever on a two-hitter.

VFW I plays Fergus Falls at 5 p.m. Thursday at Swansson Orange.

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NLS 000 00-0 2 2

Hitting-Willmar: Jon Broman 1-2 rbi-2 r, Bryan Weideman 0-1 r-2, Kaden Kessler-Gross 0-3 r-2, Jack Baumgart 1-3 rbi r-2, Zak Madsen 1-2 rbi-2 r, Avery Smith 1-2, Caleb Ditmarson 1-1 r-2, Drey Dirksen 1-1 3b rbi-4 r, Isaiah Riemersma 2-2 rbi-2 r, Brandon Elseth 1-2, Brady Bauman 1-3 rbi r-2, Caleb Owens 1-2 r ... New London-Spicer: Paxton Nelson 1-2, Ethan Haugen 1-2

Pitching-Willmar: Jayden Dierenfeld (W) 4-1-0-0-1-4, Brady Bauman 1-1-0-0-1-0 ... New London-Spicer: Jake Schmidt (L) 1.1-4-9-9-5-0, Christian Lessman 1.2-4-6-2-2-0, Paxton Nelson 2-3-0-0-0-1

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