Baseball roundup: Willmar falls in nine at Becker

Baseball report for Friday, May 20, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Bulldogs earn a 9-8 walk-off win over the Cardinals

Baseball roundup
Tribune graphic / Kit Grode

BECKER — Needing nine innings to determine a winner, Becker finally broke through for a walkoff win.

Nolan Murphy led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, made it to second on a walk, then got to third on a wild pitch. Jase Tobako hit a sacrifice fly to send Murphy home as the Bulldogs got the 9-8 non-conference baseball win over Willmar on Friday.

Playing in their fourth game this week, Willmar put up three runs in the top of the second to build a 4-1 lead. They went up by 7-2 through six-and-a-half innings before Becker put up three runs in the bottom of the sixth. After the Cardinals scored again in the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs brought home three more runs in the bottom half to extend the game.

Sam Etterman paced Willmar’s offense, going 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a pair of stolen bases. Brandt Sunder and Alex Schramm each had two hits. Sunder was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run. Schramm scored three times and stole two bases, going 2-for-4.

Murphy was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and two steals for Becker. Brady Taylor drove in three runs, going 1-for-4 with a double.


Sergio Fernandez started the game on the mound for the Cardinals, going 6-1/3 innings in a no-decision. Taylor picked up the win for the Bulldogs after 3-2/3 innings of relief.

Ranked seventh in Class AAA in the new state polls released Friday, Willmar has two more games in the regular season. The Cardinals go to Cold Spring on Monday to face Rocori, then host Big Lake on Tuesday night.


Becker 9, Willmar 8

Willmar     130   111   100-8   9   4
Becker      100   013   301-9   8   3
Hitting - Willmar: Brandt Sunder 2-5 r rbi-2 sb, Alex Schramm 2-4 r-3 bb sb-2, Ian Koosman 1-5 2b r, Sam Etterman 3-4 rbi-5 bb sb-2, Carter Schow 1-4, Mason Madsen 0-3 r bb, Connor Owens 0-3 rbi … Becker: Owen Kolbinger 1-5 r, Nolan Murphy 3-5 2b r-2 sb-2, William Thorn 1-3 r bb-2, Benjamin Dumoncheaux 1-3 rbi bb, Gavin Swanson 1-2 r-2 sb-2, Brady Taylor 1-4 2b rbi-3, Nicholas Berglund 0-4 r rbi bb sb, Dailen Adu-Gyamfi 0-0 r, Jase Tobako 0-3 rbi-2 bb, Hayden Hormoning 0-0 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Sergio Fernandez 6.1-7-8-4-5-1, Jason Malmgren (L) 2-1-1-1-1-0 … Becker: Murphy 5.1-8-7-5-4-3, Taylor (W) 3.2-1-1-1-2-4

Paynesville 14, Minnewaska 1

Fourth-ranked (Class AA) Paynesville cruised to a five-inning win over Minnewaska at Glenwood.

Eli Nelson got the win for the Bulldogs, striking out eight and holding the Lakers to three hits and one walk over four innings. Nelson also went 4-for-4 with three doubles, three runs and a pair of RBIs. Grayson Fuchs hit a three-run home run in the third, finishing 1-for-2 with three runs and three RBIs.

Jacob Blair, Torii Johnson and PJ Johnson all had hits for Minnewaska.

Paynesville        314   24-14   12   3
Minnewaska      001   00-1   3   1
Hitting - Paynesville: Grayson Fuchs 1-2 hr r-3 rbi-3 bb-2, Eli Nelson 4-4 2b-3 r-3 rbi-2, Spencer Eisenbraun 1-3 r rbi, Austin Pauls 1-3 r rbi, Isaac Lieser 2-2 2b r rbi bb sb, Bryce Vanderbeek 1-3, Trent Wendlandt 1-4 r rbi, Chase Bayer 1-3 r-2, Max Athmann 0-3 r bb sb, Bennett Evans 0-0 r bb … Minnewaska: Jacob Blair 1-3 r, Torii Johnson 1-3 2b rbi, PJ Johnson 1-2 sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Nelson (W) 4-3-1-1-1-8, Fuchs 1-0-0-0-0-3 … Minnewaska: Hunter Johnson (L) 1-4-3-3-1-1, Nathan Dell 3.2-7-11-6-5-1, Jace Lindeman 0.1-1-0-0-0-0

Pipestone 10, YME 2

Pipestone starting pitcher Austin Johnson struck out 14 in leading the Arrows to a win over Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls.


Cody Dahlager was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Sting. Landon Anderson and Drew Almich each had a hit.

Pipestone    404   100   1-10   11   1
YME             000   001   1-2   4   3
Hitting - Pipestone: Kaden Musch 2-5 r-2 rbi, Austin Johnson 2-3 r-2 rbi-2 bb, Merrick Heidebrink 2-5 rbi-2, Maddox Biever 1-5 r, Landon Quist 1-3 r-2 rbi bb, Connor Holt 1-3 rbi-2, Kellen Johnson 1-3 r rbi, Connor Zephier 1-4 r … YME: Cody Dahlager 2-3 rbi, Landon Anderson 1-2, Drew Almich 1-3 r bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Pipestone: Austin Johnson (W) 6.2-4-2-0-2-14, Landon Quist 0.1-0-0-0-0-1 … YME: Isaac Jimenez (L) 3-8-8-8-1-2, Jake Odegard 2-0-1-0-2-0, Connor Fagen 2-3-1-1-0-2

NLS 6, Morris/CA 3

A four-run top of the sixth inning helped New London-Spicer handle a late rally by Morris/Chokio-Alberta to secure a non-conference win at Morris.

Gavin Degner finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the wildcats. Aedan Andresen was 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored. Grant Paffrath tossed all seven innings for NLS, striking out three in the victory.

NLS                100   014   0-6   7   4
Morris/CA      000   000   3-3   9   2
Hitting - NLS: Luke Knudsen 1-3 r rbi sb, Aedan Andresen 2-4 2b r-2 sb, Luke Ruter 1-2 r bb-2, Gavin Degner 2-3 rbi-2 bb sb, Brody Lien 1-4 r, Bennett Schultz 0-4 rbi, Reid Holmquist 0-0 r sb-2 … Morris/CA: Ross Marty 2-4 r, Brandon Jergenson 1-4 r rbi, Kaleb Breuer 2-4 rbi-2, Sam Kleinwolterink 1-3 bb, Trevor Buss 1-3, Brett Hansen 1-2, Dylan Rose 1-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - NLS: Grant Paffrath (W) 7-9-3-2-1-3 … Morris/CA: Riley Asmus (L) 4.1-4-2-2-3-3, Jergenson 1.2-3-4-4-2-2, Brenden Hardy 1-0-0-0-1-0

LQPV 11, Benson 0

Kaiden Allpress and Davis Patzer combined to hold Benson to one hit as Lac qui Parle Valley got the five-inning non-conference win in Madison.

Allpress started the game, striking out seven in four innings. Patzer threw a hitless fifth, striking out two.

Landon Schirm was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Eagles. Ethan Schommer drove in a pair of runs, finishing 1-for-2 with a double.


Dylan Ascheman had the Braves’ only hit.

Benson    000   00-0   1   6
LQPV       135   2x-11   7   1
Hitting - Benson: Dylan Ascheman 1-2 … LQPV: Landon Schirm 2-4 rbi, Blake Wollschlager 1-3, Avery Wittnebel 1-2 rbi, Kaiden Allpress 1-2, Kaden Mortenson 1-1 r-2 rbi, Ethan Schommer 1-2 2b rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Jack Storlien (L) 2.2-4-8-2-3-3, Alex Claussen 1.1-3-3-0-0-3 … LQPV: Allpress (W) 4-1-0-0-1-7, Davis Patzer 1-0-0-0-0-2-2


MACCRAY needed five innings to end the non-conference victory over Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda at Raymond.

Isaac Strommer led the way for the Wolverines. He went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

Jase Kirksen threw four shutout innings to get the win. He struck out five, walked three and allowed two hits.

HL-O/F            000   00-0   2   4
MACCRAY      432   7x-16   14   0
Hitting - HL-O/F: Ryan Kilian 1-2, Payton Leopold 1-2 … MACCRAY: Isaac Strommer 3-4 r-2 rbi-2, Ethan Strommer 1-4 r rbi, Dreyer Homan 1-1 r-3 bb-2, Brooks Asche 1-1 r rbi-3, Gavin Husman 2-3 r-2 rbi-3 bb, Joe Heidecker 2-2 r rbi bb, Xavier Noble 1-2 r rbi-2, Emery Aker 2-4 r rbi, Garrett Struxness 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - HL-O/F: Dillon Smith (L) 3-8-9-5-3-1, Wyatt Mryergan 0.1-1-3-3-0-0m Logan Erdmann 0.2-5-4-4-2-2 … MACCRAY: Jase Dirksen (W) 4-2-0-0-3-5, Brooks Asche 1-0-0-0-0-3

BBE 12, LP-GE 2

Will Van Beck and Gavin Kampsen each had two hits in Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa’s victory over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at Elrosa.

Van Beck scored three hits and also walked, going 2-for-3. Kampsen drove in three runs and also scored once, also going 2-for-3.


Van Beck also got the pitching win in the five-inning game, going three innings with five strikeouts and no walks. He allowed one hit and no runs.

LP-GE    000   11-2   4   1
BBE      516   0x-12   9   0
Hitting - LP-GE: J. Melenciano 1-3 r bb, K. Lowe 1-3, T. Twardowski 1-2, C. Holman 1-2 … BBE: Will Van Beck 2-3 r-3 bb, Gavin Kampsen 2-3 r rbi-3, Ashton Dingmann 1-2 rbi-2, Casey Lenarz 1-2 r rbi bb, Tanner Shelton 1-2 r-2 rbi-3, Jamison Reed 1-1, Easton Hagen 1-2 r rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - LP-GE: K. Lowe (L) 2.1-8-12-11-6-1, S. Orozco 1.2-1-0-0-1-0 … BBE: Van Beck (W) 3-1-0-0-0-5, Tanner Shelton 1-2-1-1-0-1, Blaine Fischer 1-1-1-0-2-1

West Central

Game 1: WCA 5, BOLD 1

Camden Anderson and Ben Bye combined on a one-hitter to lead West Central Area past BOLD at Bird Island.

Anderson went 6-2/3 innings, striking out nine and walking five. He allowed one hit and one unearned run. Bye got the final out after walking a batter.

Tate Sheehan went 1-for-3 with a run for the Warriors.

WCA       200   300   0-5   9   0
BOLD      000   001   0-1   1   2
Hitting - West Central Area: Dane Anderson 2-3 r, Colton Lindquist 1-3 r bb, Ashton Danner 2-4 rbi-2, Jacob Strunk 1-4 r, Jack Courrier 2-4 r rbi, Camden Anderson 1-3 r bb rbi … BOLD: Tate Sheehan 1-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - West Central Area: Camden Anderson (W) 6.2-1-1-0-5-9, Ben Bye 0.1-0-0-0-1-0 … BOLD: Rylan Gass (L) 6-8-5-4-2-7, Max Benson 1-1-0-0-1-1

Game 2: BOLD 8, WCA 7

Hayden Edwards went 2-for-4 with two runs as BOLD held off West Central Area for the victory at Bird Island.

West Central Area scored one in the bottom of the seventh, but Max Benson came on in relief of Tate Sheehan for the save. Benson went two-thirds of an inning, striking out two and walking one.


BOLD    014   030   0-8   7   2
WCA      130   101   1-7   10   2
Hitting - BOLD: Tate Sheehan 1-3 rbi, Carson Edwards 1-4, Mason Uhlenkamp 1-4, Owen Flann 1-2 r-3, Hayden Edwards 2-4 r-2, Max Benson 1-2 r-2 rbi … West Central Area: Cole Anderson 2-4 r rbi-2, Bryce Kjesbo 2-4 r-2, rbi, Colton Lindquist 1-4, Jacob Strunk 1-3 r, Jack Courrier 1-2 r, Camden Anderson 1-2 r, Dane Anderson 1-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Tate Sheehan (W) 6.1-10-7-6-4-7, Max Benson (Sv)  0.2-0-0-0-1-2 … West Central Area: Jack Courrier 2.2-2-5-3-7-3, Brayden Start (L) 2-4-3-3-1-1, Cole Anderson 2.1-1-0-0-1-3


KMS 10, RCW 2

Wylee Lottman and Jared Cortez each had big games as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg beat Renville County West at Sunburg.

Lottman got the pitching win in relief, tossing four scoreless innings. He struck out seven, walked one and allowed one hit. Cortez finished up, tossing the last two innings. He struck out four and did not allow a hit or walk.

At the plate, Lottman was 2-for-2 with a double, three runs and an RBI. Cortez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI.

Griffin Howard, Tyler Froland, Tyler Amsden and Jack Wertish had hits for RCW.

RCW    200   000   0-2   4   9
KMS     105   004   x-10   9   2
Hitting - RCW: Griffin Howard 1-4 r, Tyler Froland 1-2 2b r rbi bb, Tyler Amsden 1-3, Jack Wertish 1-2 2b … KMS: Isaac Rudningen 1-4 r, Wylee Lottman 2-2 2b r-3 rbi, Jared Cortez 3-4 2b-2 r-2 rbi-2, Alex Call 1-4 2b r rbi, Jaiden Henjum 1-4 r-2, Chase Magaard 1-3 rbi bb, Luke Jesertiz 0-3 r sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RCW: Froland (L) 3-6-6-4-0-2, Camden Wohlman 3-3-4-2-2-4 … KMS: Henjum 1-3-2-2-0-1, Lottman (W) 4-1-0-0-1-7, Cortez 2-0-0-0-0-4

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

He can be reached via email at: or his office number: 320-214-4332.
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