Baseball roundup: Memorable day for Litchfield Dragons and their coach

Baseball report for Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Litchfield beats No. 4 Watertown-Mayer in 11 innings as head coach Jeff Wollin earns his 400th career victory

Baseball roundup: Memorable day for Litchfield Dragons and their coach
Litchfield beats No. 4 Watertown-Mayer in 11 innings as head coach Jeff Wollin earns his 400th career victory
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LITCHFIELD — It was a memorable day for Litchfield baseball and not just because the Dragons beat fourth-ranked Watertown-Mayer 4-3 in 11 innings.

Litchfield head coach Jeff Wollin secured his 400th career victory.

Cal Jones scored the winning run in the bottom of the 11th after an infield hit, two bunts and a couple of errors.

Caden Besemer and Owen Carlson combined to hold the Royals to four hits. Besemer went the first eight innings, allowing one earned run. Carlson went the final three, striking out three, walking no one and allowing two hits.

Hunter Schultz hit a two-out, RBI double that scored Bradley Larson with the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh.


It was Litchfield’s first home game of the season. The Dragons have been patiently awaiting the re-opening of Optimist Park after many improvements that began last fall and were completed this spring.

Watertown-Mayer is now 8-4 in the Wright County Conference West Division and 12-5 overall. Litchfield is 5-8 in the WCC and 7-8 overall.

Wollin came into the season ranked 31st all-time in career coaching wins with a 393-325 record over 31 seasons. The all-time wins leader is St. Cloud Cathedral’s Bob karn, who came into the season with an 812-322 record over 50 seasons.

Wright County

Litchfield 4, W-M 3

W-M              000   201   000 00-3   4   4
Litchfield      000   002  100 01-4   10   3
Hitting - W-M: Tyler Thurston 1-4, Benjamin Trucke 1-4 r bb, Nicholas Anderstrom 1-4 rbi, Logan Bullock 1-4 … Litchfield: Bauer Wahl 1-6 rbi, Hunter Schultz 1-5 r rbi, Daniel Estrada 1-1 r rbi bb-4, Beau Weseloh 2-5, Ashton Sullivan 1-5, Connor Taber 1-3, Calvin Jones 2-2 r, Jack McCann 1-5 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - W-M: Logan Bullock 6.2-6-3-2-3-3, Benjamin Trucke (L) 3.1-4-1-0-2-6 … Litchfield: Caden Besemer 8-2-3-1-3-7, Owen Carlson (W) 3-2-0-0-0-3
G-SL 6, NLS 2
Needing extra innings to decide a winner, Glencoe-Silver Lake put up four runs in the top of the ninth to get the victory over New London-Spicer at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.

Spencer Lemke paced the Panthers at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Aedan Andresen was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles for the Wildcats. Luke Ruter drove in a run, going 1-for-4.

GSL      000   020   004-6   8   3
NLS      010   000   100-2   5   4
Hitting - GSL: Spencer Lemke 2-4 r-2 rbi bb, Carter Ruschmeier 1-4 r-2 rbi bb sb, Beau Lepel 1-4 2b r rbi, Caden Lang 1-5 rbi, Damion Schwartz 2-5 2b, Braxton Streich 1-4 r sb … NLS: Aedan Andresen 2-5 2b-2, Luke Ruter 1-4 rbi sb, Luke Knudsen 1-4 r, Carson McCain 1-2, Bennett Schultz 0-1 r bb-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - GSL: Jacob Baumgarten 6.2-1-2-0-3-9, Lepel (W) 2.1-4-0-0-2-5 … NLS: Konnor Rohloff 5-2-2-1-4-5, Hayden Christopherson (L) 4-6-4-3-0-1

Central Lakes

Willmar 10, St. Cloud 4

Down 4-1 after five innings, Willmar opened the floodgates with a seven-run top of the sixth to beat the St. Cloud Crush at St. Cloud.


“We were putting the ball in play all game and hit it right at the defender,” said Cardinals head coach Tom DeBoer. “In the sixth, we hit some holes and caught some breaks. That’s what you call baseball sometimes.

“It was contagious in that inning; everyone was hitting the ball hard and there was a lot of energy coming out of the dugout.”

Mason Madsen finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs for Willmar. Coming in as a pinch hitter, Carter Schow finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Alex Schramm also drove in a pair of runs, going 1-for-3 with a double.

On the mound, Cayden Hansen tallied five strikeouts over six innings to lock up the win.

“Cayden wasn’t as sharp with his control as he normally is but he battled through some tough innings,” DeBoer said. “You have to tip your cap to your pitcher when they give you a chance. We feel confident when Cayden’s on the mound.”

Willmar’s next game, at Sauk Rapids, was moved from Thursday to Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Bob Cross Field.

Willmar         000   017   2-10   9   1
St. Cloud      020   020   0-4   4   3
Hitting - Willmar: Brandt Sunder 1-3 r rbi bb sb, Alex Schramm 1-3 2b rbi-2 bb sb-2, Sam Etterman 1-4 2b r, Cayden Hansen 1-4 r rbi-2, Mason Madsen 2-3 r-2 bb, Ridgley Hulstein 1-1 rbi, Carter Schow 2-2 r-2 rbi-2, Ian Koosman 0-3 r bb, Sam Raitz 0-2 r sb, Connor Owens 0-0 r … St. Cloud: Jaxon Kenning 1-4 r, Eilan Mezquita 1-4, Joe Hess 1-2 rbi-2 bb sb-2, Parker Schulz 1-3 2b r, Jaden Mendel 0-2 r bb, Ben Schmitt 0-0 r, Ethan Lindholm 0-1 rbi bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Hansen (W) 6-4-4-2-4-5, Koosman 1-0-0-0-0-2 … St. Cloud: Hank Bulson (L) 5.1-6-7-6-3-1, Luke Boettcher 1.2-3-3-2-2-3

West Central

Game 1:

Melrose 9, Benson 0

Benson was no-hit by Melrose’s Connor Anderson in the West Central Conference game at Benson.


Hunter Gohl went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI for the Dutchmen.

Melrose     220   130   1-9  15   0
Benson      000   000   0-0   0   3
Hitting - Melrose: Hunter Gohl 3-5 r-2 rbi, Connor Anderson 2-3 bb rbi, Isaac Rosenberger 2-3, Anthony Berscheit 2-3 r-2, Breydon Dobmeier 2-3 r-2 … Benson: No hits
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Melrose: Connor Anderson (W) 6.2-0-0-0-2-10 … Benson: Dylan Ascheman (L) 4.2-12-8-8-4-2, Zachary Wrobleski 2.1-3-1-0-1-2 

Game 2:

Melrose 13, Benson 3

Devin Orbeck, Connor Anderson and Isaac Rosenberger all had two hits in Melrose’s five-inning win at Benson.

Alexander Claussen went 1-for-2 for the Braves.

Benson    110   01-3   1   4
Melrose      200   92-13   9   0
Hitting - Benson: Alexander Claussen 1-2 … Melrose: Devin Orbeck 2-4 r rbi-3, Connor Anderson 2-2 r-3 bb-2 rbi-2, Ethan Frieler 1-2 r bb-2, Isaac Rosenberger 2-4 r rbi-5, Maxwell. Wehlage 1-2 r-2 bb, Breydon Dobmeier 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Anthony Klassen 3.1-8-9-9-6-4, Alexander Claussen 1.0-1-4-1-4-0 … Melrose: Hunter Gohl 1.2-1-2-2-4-0, Ian Funk (W) 3.2-0-1-1-5-6

Montevideo 11, BOLD 5

Montevideo lashed out 10 hits, getting two apiece from Brady Snell and Gavin Johnson, to beat BOLD at Bird Island.

Tate Sheehan went 2-for-4 with a run, a double and an RBI for the Warriors.

Montevideo    420   113   0-11 10   1
BOLD               100   400   0-5   7   3
Hitting - Montevideo: Ethan Moravetz 1-4 r-2, Cooper Dack 1-4 r-3 2b rbi, Brady Snell 2-4 r-3 3b  rbi-2, Grayson Eisenlohr 1-3 r, Gavin Johnson 2-3 r 2b rbi-2, Luke Kuno 1-4 rbi, Gage Augeson 1-4 2b rbi, Mason Jerve 1-1 r rbi … BOLD: Tate Sheehan 2-4 r 2b rbi, Mason Uhlenkamp 1-1 2b, Carson Edwards 1-3 r rbi, Owen Flann 1-3 r, Hayden Edwards 1-3 r 2b rbi-2, Max Benson 1-4 2b rbi, Jack Kaiser 0-2 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Montevideo: Bradon Snell (W) 3-2-1-1-0-7, Gavin Johnson 4-5-4-4-6-2 … BOLD: Daylen Weber (L) 2-4-6-6-6-2, Hayden Edwards 4-6-5-4-5-3, Owen Flann 1-0-0-0-1-0

Morris/CA 6, Minnewaska 5

Morris/Chokio-Alberta scored four times in the fifth inning to rally from a 4-2 deficit and beat Minnewaska at Morris.

Seven players had a single hit for the Tigers.

For Minnewaska, Jacob Blair went 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base and Dylan Alexander was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Minnewaska    100   030   1-5   9   3
Morris/CA        000   240   x-6   7   1
Hitting - Minnewaska: Jacob Blair 2-4 r-2 sb, Torii Johnson 1-3 r rbi-2 bb, Dylan Alexander 2-4 rbi-2, Jack Larson 1-4, PJ Johnson 1-3 r, Hunter Johnson 1-3 r, Nathan Dell 1-3 … Morris/CA: Ross Marty 1-4 r, Brandon Jergenson 1-3 r-2 rbi-2, Kaleb Breuer 1-3 r rbi sb, Durgin Decker 1-3 rbi, Kyle Fehr 1-2, Dylan Rose 1-2 r bb, Drew Storck 1-1 2b r rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Blair (L) 6-7-6-4-2-3 … Morris/CA: Brett Hansen (W) 5-7-4-4-0-3, Drew Huebner 2-2-1-0-1-4

Central Minnesota

Paynesville 13, BBE 3

Eli Nelson had a monster game for Paynesville in securing a Central Minnesota Conference win against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Elrosa.

At the plate, Nelson went 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, six RBIs, two runs and a stolen base. He also tossed 1-1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Grayson Fuchs and Trent Wendlandt were both 2-for-4 for Paynesville. Bennett Evans picked up the victory after tossing 4-2/3 innings.

Ashton Dingmann was 1-for-2 with a double and a run for the Jaguars. Will Van Beck was also 1-for-2 with a double while driving in a run.

Paynesville    060   013   3-13   14   1
BBE                010   010   1-3   5   3
Hitting - Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 2-4 r-3 rbi bb, Max Athmann 1-3 r-2 rbi-2 bb, Eli Nelson 5-5 2b-2 hr r-2 rbi-6 sb, Austin Pauls 1-5 r, Bryce VanderBeek 1-3 rbi, Trent Wendlandt 2-4 2b r rbi, Chase Bayer 1-2 r-2 sb-3, Spencer Lieser 0-1 r … BBE: Will Van Beck 1-2 2b rbi bb, Ashton Dingmann 1-2 2b r bb, Easton Hagen 1-2 r, Jamison Reed 1-1 r sb, Casey Lenarz 1-1 rbi, Tanner Shelton 0-1 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Bennett Evans (W) 4.2-3-2-2-3-2, Nelson 1.1-0-0-0-1-1, Izaak Schultz 1-2-1-0-1-2 … BBE: Talen Kampsen (L) 2-4-6-0-1-2, Hagen 3.1-6-4-3-2-2, Lenarz 1.2-3-2-2-0-0


Adrian 8, RCW 1

Adrian scored three runs in the top of the first on the way to the victory over Renville County West at Sacred Heart.

Camden Wohlman and Tyler Froland each had hits for RCW.

Adrian    310   40-8   4   0
RCW      000   01-1   2   5
Hitting - Adrian: Q. Wolf 1-3 r-2 bb rbi, E. Lenz 1-3 r-2 bb rbi, D. Krahling 1-2 r-2 rbi-2, T. Mack 1-2 bb rbi … Renville County West: Isaac Haen 0-2 r bb, Camden Wohlman 1-3, Tyler Froland 1-1 bb-2, 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Adrian: E. Lenz (W) 5-2-1-1-6-13 … Renville County West: Tyler Amsden (L) 2-3-4-1-1-1, Camden Wohlman 3-1-4-4-4-4

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