Baseball roundup: Willmar manufactures a 'W'

Baseball report for Friday, April 29, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Cardinals edge the St. Cloud Crush 6-3 for a nice CLC win

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Willmar senior Mason Madsen charges at the ball while St. Cloud's Brayden Schmitz runs to first base during a Central Lakes Conference game on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.
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WILLMAR — Even when St. Cloud put together a three-run fourth inning, the Willmar baseball team didn’t get rattled.

On the mound, pitcher Sam Etterman kept the Crush’s hitters at bay. And the Cardinals’ offense was able to generate runs in the fifth and sixth.

Willmar ended up winning the Central Lakes Conference contest 6-3 Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Willmar senior Connor Owens, 16, fist-bumps teammate Mason Swanson, 23, after scoring a run in the second inning during a Central Lakes Conference game against St. Cloud on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.
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“The last couple innings were good for us, just manufacturing runs in a close game,” said Cardinals head coach Tom DeBoer. “We were doing the little things like bunting and stealing bases. We had clutch at-bats, which is something we struggled with against Sauk Rapids (on Thursday).

“To see the guys deliver in the same situations as Thursday was good to see.”


Etterman controlled play on the mound with eight strikeouts and zero walks allowed in a complete-game victory. He allowed four hits. For the second straight game, Willmar’s pitchers did not give up a walk.

“Back-to-back games with no free passes is a recipe for success,” DeBoer said.

He added, “Sam did a good job locating his fastball and mixed in his breaking ball. He kept them off balance and he was in control. When you’re not behind in the count, it’s easy to throw the pitch you want and not the one the batter’s ready for.”

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Willmar senior Sergio Fernandez slides into third base during a Central Lakes Conference game against St. Cloud on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.
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Willmar jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning with a Cayden Hansen single that scored Etterman. Two more runs came across in the second after an error allowed Sam Raitz to reach home, followed by a wild pitch giving Connor Owens the chance to score.

The only trouble the Cardinals ran into came off the bat of St. Cloud’s Jaden Mendel. With the bases loaded, Mendel cleared the bases with a double over the center fielder’s head. But the threat ended when Mendel was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

A wild pitch in the fifth allowed Alex Schramm to run home for the go-ahead run. In the sixth, Ian Koosman and Hansen hit back-to-back RBI singles that provided Willmar some insurance.

Finishing with 11 hits, the Cardinals had eight players get base knocks. Koosman and Hansen led the way. Both went 2-for-4.

“We’ve been preaching just having a good mindset in the box and knowing the type of situation you’re in,” DeBoer said. “Just having productive at-bats, it’s important for guys to understand that you don’t need a hit to be successful. It’s nice to see guys get as many hits as we got. The deeper your lineup makes you a more effective team in getting to the top of the lineup more often and making other teams throw more pitches.”


Willmar heads to Legion Field in Marshall for a doubleheader on Monday. Then the Cardinals have two conference home games, hosting Sartell on Tuesday and Rocori on Thursday.

“It’ll be a big week with a couple of teams at the top of the conference,” DeBoer said. “It’ll be a good test for our team.”

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Willmar senior Cayden Hansen, left, looks to catch the ball while St. Cloud's Will Allenspach slides into second for a stolen base during a Central Lakes Conference game on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.
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Central Lakes

Willmar 6, St. Cloud 3

St. Cloud    000   300   0-3   4   3
Willmar       120   012   x-6   11   2
Hitting - St. Cloud: Will Allenspach 2-3 sb, Hank Bulson 1-3 2b r, Jaden Mendel 1-3 2b rbi-3, Joe Hess 0-3 r, Tim Gohman 0-1 r hbp … Willmar: Brandt Sunder 1-4 rbi, Sam Etterman 1-3 2b r, Ian Koosman 2-4 r rbi sb, Cayden Hansen 2-4 rbi, Alex Schramm 1-4 2b r, Mason Swanson 1-3, Mason Madsen 1-3, Connor Owens 2-3 r, Sam Raitz 0-0 r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - St. Cloud: Hess 4-7-3-1-1-3, Truman Toenjes (L) 2-4-3-2-0-0 … Willmar: Etterman (W) 7-4-3-3-0-8 

West Central

West Central Area 17, Benson 15

Jacob Strunk was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI to help West Central Area beat Benson at ISG Field in Mankato.

West Central scores 11 runs in the bottom of the fourth to erase a 12-3 Benson lead.

For Benson, Reece Larson and Garret Lenz each had two hits. Larson was 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBI and a stolen base. Lenz was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and two RBI.

Benson                        057   003   0-15   7   1
West Central Area      120   (11)21   x-17   10   2
Hitting - Benson: Reece Larson 2-4 r-2 rbi-2 sb, AJ Klassen 1-3 r-2 rbi-2 bb-2 sb, Garrett Lenz 2-3 r-2 rbi-2 bb, Grant Gunlogson 1-4 r bb sb-2, Zach Wrobleski 1-3 r rbi bb, Isaac Minchow 0-3 r-3 bb-2 sb-2, Dylan Ascheman 0-2 r-2 rbi bb-3 sb, Jack Storlien 0-1 r bb, AJ Claussen 0-3 r rbi bb-2 … West Central Area: Jack Courrier 1-2 r-3 bb-2 sb, Cole Anderson 1-1 2b r rbi-3 bb-4, Dane Anderson 1-4 2b r rbi bb sb-2, Colton Lindquist 1-3 2b r-2 bb-2 sb, Camden Anderson 1-3 r rbi-2 bb-2 sb-2, Brady Lindquist 2-5 2b r-2, Jacob Strunk 3-3 2b r-3 rbi bb-2 sb, Ty Fuoss 1-1 rbi, Ashton Danner 0-3 r bb, Adam Lohse 0-0 r, Beau Robinson 0-0 r, Cole Bruss 0-1 r rbi bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Benson: Klassen (L) 3-1-7-5-8-3, Alex Claussen 0.2-2-6-6-5-1, Storlien 0.1-2-1-1-2-0, Lenz 2-5-3-3-1-0  … West Central Area: Ca. Anderson 1.2-3-5-5-5-1, Courrier 0.2-0-6-6-5-2, Bruss (W) 4.2-4-4-2-3-2



CMCS 15, Canby 0

Central Minnesota Christian unleashed a 20-hit attack on the Lancers at Canby.

Ethan Bulthuis went 4-for-5 with a triple, three runs and an RBI for the Bluejays. Drew Duininck was 3-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI and Kadin Dehmlow was 3-for-4 with two doubles, three runs and an RBI for CMCS.

Trenton Bulthuis tossed four shutout innings for the win, striking out seven and walking one.

CMCS      733   11-15   20   1
Canby      000   00-0   4   0
Hitting - CMCS: Drew Duininck 3-5 r rbi 2b, Wesley Fussy 1-3 r bb-2 sb, Ethan Bulthuis 4-5 r-3 rbi 3b sb, Josh Nelson 2-5 r rbi-3 2b, Kadin Dehmlow 3-4 r-3 rbi 2b-2 sb, Trenton Bulthuis 1-2 r-2 bb 2b hbp, Ben Ryks 1-1 r rbi-2 bb hbp, Max Muzik 0-3 rbi, Skyler Zwart 1-1, Braelin Rime 3-3 r 2b sb, Peyton Meyer 1-1 r  … Canby: Easton Antony 1-3 2b, Evan Engesmoe 1-3 2b, Brady Hulzebos 1-3, Liam MacArthur 1-1 bb hbp sb, Eli Greenman  0-1 bb, Sawyer Drietz 0-2 hbp, Sik Otto 0-1 hbp
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - CMCS: T. Bulthuis (W) 4-4-0-0-1-7, Muzik 1-0-0-0-1-3 … Canby: Engesmoe (L) 2.2-14-13-13-2-2, MacArthur 2.1-6-1-1-2-3

KMS 3, R-T-R 2

Wylee Lottman’s efforts at both the plate and the mound gave Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg a Camden Conference victory over Russell-Tyler-Ruthton at Sunburg.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Lottman hit a two-run home run that put the Fighting Saints up for good. Lottman also started the game, getting the win after striking out 12 over six innings.

Jared Cortez was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for KMS. He also got the save after tossing a scoreless seventh.

R-T-R    000   200   0-2   4   1
KMS      001   020   x-3   6   1
Hitting - R-T-R: Samuel Nibbe 1-3 2b r, Aiden Wichmann 2-3 rbi, Blake Christianson 1-3 2b, Cody Wichmann 0-2 r bb, Brayden Appel 0-3 rbi … KMS: Isaac Rudningen 1-2 r, Wylee Lottman 1-3 hr r rbi-2, Jared Cortez 2-3 2b rbi sb, Alex Call 2-3 2b, Luke Jeseritz 0-1 r bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - R-T-R: C. Wichmann (L) 6-6-3-3-1-9 … KMS: Lottman (W) 6-4-2-1-1-12, Cortez (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-1


Montevideo 14, Lakeview 4

Montevideo scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to walk off Lakeview at Montevideo.

The Thunder Hawks used 15 walks, six hit-by-pitches and six wild pitches by Lakeview pitchers to go with four hits.

Grayson Eisenlohr was 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and two runs for Montevideo.

Taiven Isackson went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and an RBI for the Lakers.

Lakeview forfeited the second game due to a lack of pitching, according to Montevideo head coach Tim Epema.

Lakeview           000   22-4   4   2
Montevideo      013   0(10)-14   4   1
Hitting - Lakeview: Jordan Fischer 1-2 r-2 bb 2b, Taiven Isaackson 2-3 r-2 rbi 2b, Luke Sander 0-1 bb-2, Ayden St. Pierre 0-1 bb, Lincoln Vogel 1-2 rbi, Justin Timm 0-1 bb … Montevideo: Gavin Johnson 0-3 r-2 bb hbp sb, Kaden Boike 0-2 bbb-2 rbi hbp, Brady Snell 1-2 r-2 rbi bb-3, Grayson Eisenlohr 2-2 r-2 bb 2b hbp, Cooper Dack 0-2 r-2 rbi bb-2, Luke Kuno 0-3 r-2 bb hbp, Mason Jerve 1-2 r rbi-3 bb-2 sb, Gage Augeson 0-1 r-2 bb hbp-2, Ethan Moravetz 0-1 r rbi-3 bb-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Lakeview: Fischer 2-1-1-1-2-2, Justin Timm 1-2-3-3-5-1, Braylon Breyfogle (L) 1-1-7-0-4-2, Tucker Fiene 0-0-3-3-3-0, unavailable 0-0-0-0-1-0 … Montevideo: Cooper Dack 3.2-2-2-5-7, Boike (W) 1.1-2-2-1-0-2

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