Amateur baseball roundup: Granite Falls knocks off Willmar in extras

Amateur baseball report for Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Kilowatts come back to get 10-8 win in Corn Belt League play

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WILLMAR — The Granite Falls Kilowatts came back from a 7-3 deficit to bring Wednesday’s Corn Belt League game with the Willmar Rails into extra innings.

From there, Granite Falls put up three runs in the top of the 10th to get the 10-8 win at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

The game-tying run came in when Adam Brewers reached home on a wild pitch. Then in the 10th, a Bennett Knapper double, a Cole Fischer single and a Dylan Lindstrom single all drove in runs. Knapper led the Kilowatts’ offense, going 3-for-6.

Caleb Jans picked up the win after throwing four innings of relief.

Wade Fischer was 4-for-5 at the plate for Willmar. He had a double to go with two RBIs and a run scored. Ashton Gregory had a pair of hits, two RBIs and a run for Willmar.


Granite Falls 10, Willmar 8

Granite Falls   001   200   031   3-10   15   3
Willmar            014   000   200   1-8   11   7
Hitting - Granite Falls: Brandon Grund 2-6 r rbi-2, Colton Vien 1-4 r rbi bb-2, Bennett Knapper 3-6 2b r rbi-2 sb, Cole Fischer 2-6 r rbi, Adam Brewers 2-6 r-2, Ty Schulte 1-2 r bb, Landon Tanner 1-6 r-2, Nick Lindstrom 1-4 rbi, Dylan Lindstrom 2-3 r rbi … Willmar: Jayden Dierenfeld 1-3 r bb, Jordan Steffer 2-5 r, Ashton Gregory 2-5 2b r rbi-2, Jack Baumgart 1-4 2b r rbi bb, Adam Herman 1-3 r bb, Wade Fischer 4-5 2b-2 r rbi-2, Gunnar Banks 0-4 r bb, Caleb Owens 0-0 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: Schulte 6-6-5-5-3-3, Caleb Jans (W) 4-5-3-1-1-3 … Willmar: Zach Reierson 7.2-10-6-3-2-1, Herman (L) 2.1-5-4-3-1-2

Sacred Heart 10, Dawson 2

The Sacred Heart Saints pieced together 13 hits in an exhibition victory against the Dawson Drakes at Sacred Heart.

Tyler Froland led the Saints’ offense, going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, four RBIs and three runs. Ryan Hebrink finished 3-for-5 with a double, three runs and an RBI. Brandan Hoberg and Jeremy Hinderks each had two hits for Sacred Heart.

Ayden Gustafson picked up the win, striking out 11 over seven innings of work.

Braden Thompson went 2-for-4 for Dawson. Easton Antony scored a run while Braxton Thompson had an RBI for the Drakes.

Dawson              000   000   110-2   5   1
Sacred Heart      202   510   00x-10   13   0
Hitting - Dawson: Braxton Thompson 1-2 rbi bb-3, Braden Thompson 2-4 bb, Chantz Engesmoe 1-4, Easton Antony 1-4 r, Derek Gritmacher 0-3 r bb, Scott Ochsendorf 0-4 rbi … Sacred Heart: Brandan Hoberg 2-5 r rbi, Ryan Hebrink 3-5 2b r-3 rbi, Tyler Froland 4-5 2b hr r-3 rbi-4, Jack Howard 1-3 bb, Jeremy Hinderks 2-3 rbi, Ayden Gustafson 1-2 rbi bb, Tyler Rice 0-2 r, Jose Ortiz 0-4 rbi 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Dawson: Brad. Thompson (L) 3.1-10-7-7-2-3, Josh Staab 1.2-3-1-1-2-1, Gritmacker 3-0-0-0-0-3 … Sacred Heart: Gustafson (W) 7-5-1-1-3-11, Hoberg 2-0-1-1-4-4

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Joe Brown is a sports reporter for the West Central Tribune.

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