Legion Baseball: Willmar knocked out of sub-state playoffs

Delano tags Post 167 with second one-run loss

WACONIA — A Willmar error and Gunnar Paulson’s run-scoring single led to two Delano runs in the bottom of the 10th inning and an 8-7 win over Legion Post 167 in a Sub-State 15 elimination game on Friday.

The loss ended Willmar’s season while Delano goes on to face Buffalo in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday. Buffalo is undefeated and Delano would need to win twice on Saturday to advance. Buffalo defeated Delano earlier on Friday to advance to the final.

It was Willmar second one-run loss to Delano in the playoffs. Delano defeated Willmar 1-0 in the sub-state quarterfinals on Thursday. Post 167 rebounded with a 10-3 win over Marshall in the losers bracket final on Friday to get another shot at Delano.

Delano and Willmar were tied 6-6 heading into extra innings. Willmar tied the game in the top of the seventh inning when Bryan Weidemann reached on an error and Tanner Bauman singled. After a fielder’s choice, Jayden Dierenfeld singled in Weidemann with the tying run.

Willmar took a 7-6 lead in the top of the 10th in Caleb Ditmarson’s solo home run.


Dierenfeld had three hits and drove in four runs, Ditmarson had two hits and three RBIs and Ashton Gregory was 2-for-4 and scored twice.

Delano 8,

Willmar 7

Willmar 103 010 100 1-7 11 6
Delano 310 020 000 2-8 10 3
Hitting - Willmar: Tanner Bauman 2-4 r, Ashton Gregory 2-4 2b r-2, Jayden Dierenfeld 3-4 2b rbi-4 r, Caleb Ditmarson 2-5 hr rbi-3 r, Gunnar Banks 1-5 2b, Bryan Weidemann 1-4 r-2 … Delano: Rob Knight 2-3 r-2, Jack Paulson 3-5 2b-2 r, Gunnar Paulson 2-2 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Brady Bauman 4.2-6-6-3-4-2, Ditmarson (L) 4.2-4-2-1-3-5 … Delano: Reno Bredahl 7.2-9-6-2-2-0, G. Paulson (W) 2.1-2-1-1-0-3

Willmar 10,

Marshall 3

Willmar earned its way to a rematch with Delano by thumping Marshall in the Sub-State 15 losers bracket final on Friday.

Willmar’s Drey Dirksen homered and drove in three runs and Caleb Ditmarson had three its, including a triple and a double, and he scored twice. Gunnar Banks was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and he scored two runs. Ashton Gregory and A.J. Backes both had two hits.

Tanner Bauman worked six innings and struck out six to get the win.

Marshall 001 020 0-3 8 4
Willmar 151 030 x-10 12 1
Hitting - Marshall: Cody Greve 2-3 rbi r, Zach Olsen 2-3 … Willmar: Tanner Bauman 1-3 rbi r, Ashton Gregory 2-3 rbi r, Jayden Dierenfeld 0-3 r, Drey Dirksen 1-4 hr rbi-3 r, Caleb Ditmarson 3-4 3b 2b r-2, Gunnar Banks 2-3 2b rbi-2 r-2, Bryan Weidemann 1-2, AJ Backes 2-3 r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Marshall: Greve (L) 1.2-3-5-0-1-1, Jordan Mernaugh 4.1-9-5-4-0-1 … Willmar: Tanner Bauman (W) 6-7-3-2-0-6, Sam Huseby 1-1-0-0-2-1

West Central Sub-State

Osakis 2,

Kerkhoven 1

Osakis got both its hits and runs in the first inning and two pitchers made them stand up in a Legion win over Kerkhoven in the West Central Sub-State playoffs on Friday.

Osakis’ Hunter Intenger singled, Luke Imdieke walked, both moved up a base on a wild pitch and both scored on Mason Moore’s single.


Carter Rost allowed eight hits but just one run and struck out nine in 5-2/3 innings. Imdieke finished to get the save.

Kerkhoven scored its lone run in the second when Levi Sweere was hit by a pitch, moved to third on two ground outs and scored on Chris Moist’s single to center.

Regan Carlson took a tough loss, working six innings and allowing just the two runs, two hits and he struck out seven.

Kerkhoven 010 000 0-1 8 3
Osakis 200 000 x-2 2 2
Hitting - Kerkhoven: Weston Gjerde 1-4, Regan Carlson 1-3, Levi Sweere 0-2 r, Noah Thorson 1-3, Chris Moist 2-3 rbi, Hunter Wilts 3-3 … Osakis: Hunter Intenger 1-3 r, Luke Imdieke 0-2 r, Mason Moore 1-3 rbi-r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Kerkhoven: Carlson (L) 6-2-2-2-2-7 … Osakis: Carter Rost (W) 5.2-8-1-1-1-9, Imdieke (Sv) 1.1-0-0-0-1-0

Late Thursday

Central Sub-State

PAYNESVILLE — Jordan Sagedahl’s three-run triple in the top of the eighth inning helped the BOLD Legion team overcome Paynesville 9-5 in the Central Sub-State playoff final on Thursday.

Paynesville won 5-4 in Game 1 to force a second game.

BOLD moves on to the Sub-Section championship and plays a best two-of-three series against Albany beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday in St. Martin. A second game follows on Saturday, and a third game, if needed, is Sunday.


In Thursday’s second game, BOLD built leads of 3-0 and 5-1 before Paynesville rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. BOLD center fielder Luke Ryan made a superb throw home to get a runner during the inning to hold Paynesville to four runs.

In the top of the eighth, Sagedahl’s three-run triple made it 8-5 BOLD and Jack Peppel singled in Sagedahl.

Game 2

BOLD 9, Paynesville 5

BOLD 000 200 24-9 12 1
Paynesville 000 001 40-5 6 2
Hitting - BOLD: Luke Ryan 1-3 r, Jordan Sagedahl 2-4 3b 2b r-2, James Woelfel 2-5 2b r, Jack Peppel 1-4 2b, Braeden Tersteeg 1-4 r, Andrew Sheehan 1-1 r, Zeke Walton 2-4 2b r, Kyle Kostorhyz 1-3 r, John Burman 1-2 … Paynesville: Levi Bast 2-4, Sam Oehrlein 1-3 3b r, Carter Wessel 2-4 2b, Zach Schroeder 1-3 r, Luke Johnson 0-2 r-2, Abe Bullard 0-2 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: James Woelfel 3-0-0-0-2-2, Braeden Tersteeg 3-3-5-3-2-0, Zeke Walton (W) 2-2-0-0-0-0 … Paynesville: Spanier 4-4-2-2-1-4, Messer (L) 4-8-7-7-1-2

Game 1

Paynesville 5, BOLD 4

BOLD 100 012 0-4 9 0
Paynesville 001 310 x-5 11 1
Hitting - BOLD: Luke Ryan 1-4, Jordan Sagedahl 1-4 r, James Woelfel 1-4, Jack Peppel 2-3 2b r, Braeden Tersteeg 2-3, John Burman 2-3 2b r … Paynesville: Levi Basy 1-3 2b r, Luke Johnson 3-4 r-2, Carter Wessel 1-2, Grady Fuchs 2-4 2b, Drew Tangen 1-2 r, Ryan Messer 1-2, Abe Bullard 1-1 r, Zack Schroeder 1-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Jordan Sagedahl 4-7-4-2-2-4, Avery Herdina (L) 2-0-1-1-2-0 … Paynesville: Sam Oehrlein (W) 6-6-4-2-2-4, Spanier 1-0-0-0-1-0

NWL Baseball

La Crosse 8,

Willmar 4

La Crosse took command with a six-run third inning and Willmar couldn’t catch up in a Northwoods League game on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Willmar took a 1-0 lead in the first and got another back in the bottom of the inning after the Loggers’ outburst in the third. But the Stingers couldn’t get anything going offensively until after La Crosse padded its lead with two more runs in the top of the seventh.

Willmar’s Riley Johnson and Luke Bowman both had two hits and combined to drive in all four Stingers runs.

The Stingers hit the road for five days, starting with a 6:05 p.m. game at Bismarck on Saturday. The Stingers and the Larks play a 1:05 p.m. game on Sunday. Willmar then plays four games at Eau Claire in three days, with single games on Monday and Wednesday and a doubleheader on Tuesday.


La Crosse 006 000 200-8 9 1
Willmar 101 000 020-2 7 0
Hitting - La Crosse: Matthew Stinebiser 2-3 2b rbi-3 r, Trey Harris 2-5 2b rbi r-2 … Willmar: Riley Johnson 2-4 rbi-2 r, Sam Baier 1-2 r-2, Branden Boissiere 1-3 r, Brandon Bohning 1-4 2b, Luke Bowman 2-4 rbi-2, Noah Haupt 1-4
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - La Crosse: Tyler Shingledecker 4.2-7-2-2-5-3, Matthew Richey (W) 1.2-0-2-0-3-3, Hanan Mauldin 2.2-1-0-0-0-3 … Willmar: Trevor Divinski (L) 2.2-6-6-6-2-3, Luke DeGrammont 4.1-3-2-2-3-3, Kade Lancour 2-0-0-0-2-1

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