Johnson drives in three in Stingers’ victory
Two-run eighth inning the difference as Willmar earns split
WILLMAR — Riley Johnson drove in three runs and three Willmar pitchers squelched Rochester’s offense in the Stingers’ 4-2 victory on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Johnson singled in the Stingers’ first run in the sixth inning and Daniel Walsh drove in a second run with a sacrifice fly.
In the eighth inning, Brennan McKenzie singled and moved up on Tyler Bosetti’s walk. They both moved up on Chase Stanke’s groundout and Johnson followed with a two-run, ground-rule double.
Trevor Divinski allowed just a run on four hits and struck out seven in seven innings to get the win. Joel Cheatwood and Aldo Fernandez both worked an inning, with Fernandez getting the save.
The Stingers hit the road to play the Honkers in a two-game set in Rochester on Saturday and Sunday, then return home to play Mankato on Monday and Tuesday.
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Hitting - Rochester: Andy Armstrong 2-4 2b rbi, Ryan Ober 2-4 … Willmar: Branden Boissiere 1-4, Brennan McKenzie 1-3 r, Justin King 1-3 r, Tyler Bosetti 0-2 r-2 bb-2, Riley Johnson 3-4 2b rbi-3, Daniel Walsh 1-3 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rochester: David Lemasters 5.2-5-2-2-3-5, Logan Nissen 1.1-0-0-0-0-0, Mitchell Allen (L) 1-2-2-2-1-0 … Willmar: Trevor Divinski (W) 7-4-1-1-0-7, Joel Cheatwood 1-2-1-1-1-1, Aldo Fernandez (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-1
Granite Falls 1
Alex Call allowed a run on five hits Kerkhoven’s win over Granite Falls on Thursday in the West Central West Sub-District playoffs in Montevideo.
Isaac Call and Levi Sweere had Kerkhoven’s RBIs and Regan Carlson had two hits and scored a run.
Tate Schulte doubled in Granite’s lone run.
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Hitting - Granite Falls: Bennett Knapper 1-3, Tate Schulte 1-2 2b rbi, Carter Sneller 1-3 3b, Nick Lindstrom 1-1 r … Kerkhoven: Weston Gjerde 1-3 2b, Alex Call 1-3 r, Regan Carlson 2-3 r, Isaac Call 0-3 rbi, Levi Sweere 0-3 rbi, Cade Melin 1-2 3b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: Angel Jimenez (L) 6-5-2-0-1-2 … Kerkhoven: A. Call (W) 7-5-1-1-2-10
Bird Island 6
Five runs in the sixth inning — all unearned — got New London-Spicer back in the game and the Twins scored the tying and winning runs in the eighth inning against Bird Island on Friday.
John Perkins doubled and drove in three runs and Josh Soine had three hits, an RBI and scored two runs.
Bird Island’s Jack Peppel homered and drove in three runs.
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Hitting - Bird Island: Luke Ryan 1-4 2b rbi r-2, Jordan Sagedahl 0-4 rbi, Logan Swann 1-3 r, Shawn Dollerschell 1-3 r, Jack Peppel 2-4 hr rbi-3 r, Trevor Nissen 1-4, Reed Stadther 2-4 r … New London-Spicer: Jake Rambow 2-5, John Perkins 1-4 2b rbi-3, Wyatt White 1-5, Austin Rambow 1-4 2b r-2, Dalton Rambow 1-4 rbi r, Josh Soine 3-4 2b rbi r-2, Trent Pientka 1-2 rbi r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Bird Island: Brad Gass 3-3-1-1-2-0, James Woelfel 2-1-0-0-0-1, Eric Gass 1-3-5-0-1-1, Casey Lewandoski (L) 2-3-2-2-0-0 … New London-Spicer: Patrick Courtney (W) 8-7-6-5-1-5, Grant Bangen 1-1-0-0-1-0
Austin Versteeg worked eight innings and helped himself with two hits and two RBIs in Starbuck’s win over Norway Lake-Sunburg on Friday.
Matt Gruber also was a pitcher with a cause. He doubled twice and scored twice and he worked a perfect ninth inning in relief. Andrew Toop had two hits and two RBIs.
NL-Sunburg’s Justin Johnson had two hits and drove in a run.
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Hitting - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Weston Gjerde 2-4 r, Brandin Dahl 1-3 r, Justin Johnson 2-3 rbi, Regan Carlson 1-4, Kyle Baker 1-2 rbi … Starbuck: Darion Alexander 1-4 r, Matt Gruber 2-4 2b-2 r-2, Austin Versteeg 2-4 rbi-2 r, Mike Andreas 1-4 2b rbi, Colin Richards 2-4 rbi, Justin Amundson 2-4 r, Andrew Toop 2-4 2b rbi-2, Connor Westberg 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Brandon Ramussen (L) 8-13-6-6-0-2 … Starbuck: Versteeg (W) 8-7-2-2-1-7, Gruber 1-0-0-0-0-1