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Softball roundup: Willmar gets a home game (finally)

Prep softball report for Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in west central Minnesota. Cardinals split with Fergus Falls, losing 13-10 and winning 6-5

Willmar High School freshman shortstop Hannah Magnuson tags out a Fergus Falls runner at second base while playing host to the Otters in Willmar on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Willmar High School freshman shortstop Hannah Magnuson tags out a Fergus Falls runner at second base while playing host to the Otters in Willmar on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Construction, bad weather, including lots of rain, have kept the Willmar softball team from playing a home game this season.

That changed Tuesday with a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader against Fergus Falls.

The teams split.

Willmar High School softball head coach Christian Brown laughs with senior outfielder Marin Enstad as she comes off the field during a game against Fergus Falls on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Willmar High School softball head coach Christian Brown laughs with senior outfielder Marin Enstad as she comes off the field during a game against Fergus Falls on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Fergus Falls won the first game 13-10. Willmar won the second game, 6-5. It was called after four innings because of darkness.

“We had our first home games, which was a very odd reality of this season due to the weather,” Willmar head coach Christian Brown said. “The first game was a back-and-forth game.

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“I have to give credit to the team for not giving up and continuing to battle. Grace Bjur pitched a great game and we hit the ball well all-around in the first game.”

Willmar High School junior Grace Bjur pitches to a Fergus Falls athlete on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Willmar.
Willmar High School junior Grace Bjur pitches to a Fergus Falls athlete on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Willmar.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Marin Enstad and Lily Reed led the Cardinal offense. Enstad went 2-for-3 with two runs, three RBIs, a walk and two stolen bases. Reed was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Bjur went six innings, striking out seven and walking four. She allowed two earned runs.

In Game 2, Willmar used a four-run top of the second inning to get the early lead. Fergus Falls answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning. The Cardinals then got two runs in the third to take the lead.

Cardinal Zoe Schroeder catches the ball at first base to tag out Madilynn Budke of Fergus Falls during a game in Willmar on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Cardinal Zoe Schroeder catches the ball at first base to tag out Madilynn Budke of Fergus Falls during a game in Willmar on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

“The second game was another all-around good game,” Brown said. “We found a way to get some runs across the plate and had the lead going into the bottom of the fourth inning.”

Willmar is now 2-5-1 in the CLC and 2-5-1 overall. Fergus Falls is 2-6 in conference play and 2-7 overall.

Willmar heads to the Concordia Academy Tournament Friday in Roseville. Other schools competing include Litchfield, Duluth Marshall, Minneapolis Roosevelt, St. Croix Lutheran Academy and St. Paul Central.

Willmar High School outfielder Hailie Smith chases down a hit to center field while taking on Fergus Falls in Willmar on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Willmar High School outfielder Hailie Smith chases down a hit to center field while taking on Fergus Falls in Willmar on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

“We’ve been stressing that we still have a lot of the season left even though we only have two weeks left in the regular season,” Brown said. “If tonight’s games were any indication, I like where our team is heading.

“We are starting to find some grit and fight and as a coach, that’s the kind of thing I like to see.”

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Central Lakes

Game 1: Fergus Falls 13, Willmar 10

Fergus Falls    401   003   5-13   10   5
Willmar            001   070   2-10   10   6
Hitting - Fergus Falls: Karyssa Eberle 3-5 r-3 rbi-2 hr, Avery Knutson 1-3 r-2 rbi bb-2, Rylynn Krein 1-5 r, Kiara Grady 1-4 r hbp, Kacey Fredrickson 0-2 r-3 bb-3, Elizabeth Moxness 0-3 r-2 hbp, Madilynn Budke 3-4 rbi-3 hbp, Kellen Frigaard 1-5 rbi-2 sb … Willmar: Lily Reed 2-5 r rbi, Cadence Parker 1-5 rbi, Zoe Schroeder 1-4 r bb sb, Alexis Owens 0-2 r rbi bb-2 hbp sb, Hailie Smith 1-3 r rbi bb, Grace Bjur 1-4, Madison Norsten 1-3 r-2 rbi hbp, Hannah Magnuson 1-3 r-2 rbi bb, Marin Enstad 2-3 r-2 rbi-3 bb sb-2 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Fergus Falls: Eberle (W) 4.2-8-8-2-3-3, Knutson 2.1-2-2-3-0 … Willmar: Bjur (L) 6-9-10-2-4-7, Reed 1-1-3-0-2-0

Willmar junior pitcher Grace Bjur, center, is consoled by seniorLily Reed (2) and her teammates during a game against visiting Fergus Falls on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Willmar junior pitcher Grace Bjur, center, is consoled by seniorLily Reed (2) and her teammates during a game against visiting Fergus Falls on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Game 2: Willmar 6, Fergus Falls 5

Willmar               042   0-6   3   3
Fergus Falls      050   x-5   2   1
Hitting - Willmar: Lily Reed 1-3, Amelia Reed 0-1 bb rbi, Alexis Owens 0-1 bb-2 sb, Hailie Smith 1-2 r-2 sb, Katelyn Garberding 0-2 bb, Madison Norsten 1-2 r rbi sb-2, Hannah Magnuson 0-1 r bb, Marin Enstad 0-1 r rbi bb … Fergus Falls: Karyssa Eberle 0-2 bb, Avery Knutson 0-3 rbi, Rylynn Krein 0-1 bb, Kiara Grady 0-1 rbi bb, Kacey Fredrickson 0-0 r rbi bb-2, Elizabeth Moxness 0-1 r, Madilynn Budke 1-2 r, Kellen Frigaard 0-1 r rbi bb, G. Rollag 1-1 r rbi bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: L. Reed (W) 3-2-5-1-7-1 … Fergus Falls: Krein (L) 4-3-6-5-6-5

Wright County

Game 1: Dassel-Cokato 12, NLS 0

Evelyn O’Brien struck out 15, walked four and allowed three hits to earn the complete-game shutout for Dassel-Cokato at New London-Spicer.

“O’Brien throws fast and she has a nice rise ball,” Wildcats head coach Melissa Bergeson said.

O’Brien also went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Hannah Corbin was 3-for-5 with an RBi for the Chargers.

Nyla Johnson was 2-for-3 and Abby Knudsen went 1-for-1 with two walks for NLS.

Dassel-Cokato     001   024   5-12   14   0
NLS                       000   000   0-0   3   3
Hitting - Dassel-Cokato: Evelyn O’Brien 3-4 2b rbi-3, Hannah Corbin 3-5 rbi … NLS: Nyla Johnson 2-3, Abby Knudsen 1-1 bb-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Dassel-Cokato: O’Brien (W) 7-3-0-0-4-15 … NLS: Emily Ruter (L) 7-14-12-10-2-6

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Game 2: Dassel-Cokato 14, NLS 6

Dassel-Cokato scored five times in the first inning and six more times in the second to beat New London-Spicer at New London.

Delaney Hanson went 2-for-4 with a double for NLS.

NLS has a Wright County Conference game at home with Rockford.

NLS                         204   000   0-6   6   6
Dassel-Cokato      560   021   x-14   12   1
Hitting - NLS: Sadie Hatlestad 1-4, Emily Ruter 1-3, Brianna Wileman 1-2, Delaney Hanson 2-4 2b, RaeAnn Holmquist 1-2 rbi … Dassel-Cokato: Hannah Corbin 2-4, Anyah Gunnigsman 2-4 rbi, Katie Rassat 2-3 rbi-4
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - NLS: Nyla Johnson (L) 5-10-13-2-5-1, Ruter 1-2-1-0-1-0 … Dassel-Cokato: Genevieve O’Brien 3-4-6-5-3-1, Evelyn O’Brien (W) 3-2-0-0-2-5

Game 1: G-SL 9, Litchfield 7

Glencoe-Silver Lake scored four runs in the seventh to knock off host Litchfield.

Hannah Graf went 3-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI for the Panthers. Lydia Simons and Makayla Wigern each added two hits for G-SL.

Liv Olson went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI for the Dragons.

G-SL             100   202   4-9   12   0
Litchfield      410   001   1-7   10   5
Hitting - G-SL: Liyah Lambrecht 1-5 2b r, Alyssa Zellmann 1-1 r, Audrey Petersen 1-3 r, Lydia Simons 2-4 2b-2 r rbi-2, Miranda Litzau 1-3 r-2 rbi bb, Makayla Wigern 2-3 2b r rbi-2 bb, Hannah Graf 3-4 2b r rbi, Callie Klabunde 1-4 rbi-3, Malayna Graf 0-4 r … Litchfield: Ryanna Steinhaus 1-4 r, Grace Braaten 1-3 rbi, Izzy Pennertz 2-4 r, Karlee Prahl 1-4 r rbi-4, Liv Olson 2-4 2b r rbi, Britney Braph 1-4 2b rbi, Cam Iverson 1-3 r, Addi Marquardt 1-2 bb, Liv Holmgren 0-2 r-2 bb-2 sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - G-SL: Lambrecht (W) 7-10-7-7-3-2 … Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (L) 7-12-9-6-2-2 

Game 2: G-SL 10, Litchfield 0

Makaya Wigern threw a six-inning shutout in Glencoe-Silver Lake’s victory at Litchfield.

Wigern allowed four hits and one walk, striking out five.

Izzy Pennertz was 2-for-3 for Litchfield.

Litchfield   000   000-0   4   6
G-SL          231   301-10   8   0
Hitting - Litchfield: Izzy Pennertz 2-3, Karlee Prahl 1-3, Britney Prahl 1-2 … G-SL: Liyah Lambrecht 2-4 2b, Lydia Simons 1-3 r-2 rbi, Miranda Litzau 1-3 r-2 rbi-2 sb, Malayna Graf 1-4 r-2 sb, Hannah Graf 1-4 2b rbi sb-2, Grace Lipke 1-2 r rbi sb, Makayla Wigern 0-2 r-2 rbi bb-2, Callie Klabunde 0-2 r sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (L) 1.2-4-5-3-2-0, Liv Holmgren 2.1-3-4-1-2-1, Liv Olson 1.2-1-1-0-0-0 … G-SL: Wigern (W) 6-4-0-0-1-5 

Central Minnesota

Game 1: Holdingford 7, ACGC 4

Holdingford built a 6-1 lead, then held on to beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Holdingford.

Haley Wilner went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs for ACGC. Tayler Hoekstra was 3-for-4 with a run for the Falcons.

ACGC                100   020   1-4   9   2
Holdingford      102   301   x-7   6   2
Hitting - ACGC: Haley Wilner 3-4 r-3 2b, Tayler Hoekstra 3-4 r, Abbie Kragenbring 1-4 rbi-2, Kendall Miller 1-3 2b, Alayna Schulte 1-3 … Holdingford: No stats available
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - ACGC: Miller (L) 6-6-7-7-5-7 … Holdingford: Mitchell (W) 7-9-4-3-0-7

Game 2: Holdingford 13, ACGC 0

Holdingford held Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to one hit to sweep the doubleheader at Holdingford.

Abbie Kragenbring was 1-for-2 with a double for ACGC.

Holdingford     801   22-13   9   3
ACGC               000   00-0   1   3
Hitting - Holdingford: No stats available … ACGC: Abbie Kragenbring 1-2 2b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Holdingford: Mitchell (W) 5-1-0-0-1-4 … ACGC: Kragenbring (L)  1-4-8-3-6-2, Johnson 4-5-5-3-3-2

Game 1: Maple Lake 10, BBE 0

Taylor Hess threw a no-hitter to lead Maple Lake past Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in five innings at Maple Lake.

Hess has committed to the University of Kentucky.

BBE                  000   00-0   0   2
Maple Lake      900   1x-10   3   0

Game 2: Maple Lake 12, BBE 0

Maple Lake won its 68th consecutive Central Minnesota Conference game by beating Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Maple Lake.

Maple Lake    505   20-12   9   1
BBE                000   00-0   1   4

West Central

Game 1:Melrose 13, Benson 9

Melrose won the first game of the doubleheader at Benson

Game 2: Melrose 7, Benson 6

Melrose edged Benson to sweep the doubleheader at Benson.

Morris/CA 12, Minnewaska 2

Morris/Chokio-Alberta earned the West Central Conference victory over Minnewaska at Morris.

Camden

Game 1: LQPV 7, YME 0

Rylee Sawatzky tossed a one-hitter to lead Lac qui Parle Valley over Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

Sawatzky struck out nine and walked one. She also was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and run.

Hannah Stark had the Sting’s lone hit.

LQPV    100   010   5-7   6   0
YME      000   000   0-0   1   2
Hitting - LQPV: Taylor Shelstad 1-3 2b r-2 sb-2, Rylee Sawatzky 2-4 2b r, Tori Bungarden 1-4 2b rbi, Isabel Gerdes 1-2 r-2 bb sb-4, Ayanna Gipson 1-3 r rbi-2 sb-2, Rylee Lund 0-4 rbi-3 sb, Kendyl Shelstad 0-2 r sb-2 … YME: Hannah Stark 1-3 
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - LQPV: Sawatzky (W) 7-1-0-0-1-9 … YME: Jenna Weir (L) 7-6-7-3-2-3

Game 2: LQPV 11, YME 1

Rylee Sawatzky and Taylor Shelstad combined on a four-hitter to lead Lac qui Parle Valley for the sweep over Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls.

Sawatzky went the first four innings in the five-inning win. She struck out 12 and walked two, scattering four hits and one earned run. Taylor Shelstad pitched a scoreless fifth.

YME        001   00-1   4   9
LQPV      154   01-11   7   0
Hitting - YME: Yansi Flores 1-2 rbi bb sb, Hope Stark 1-3, Bayli Sneller 1-1 bb sb, Hailey Baker 1-2 sb … LQPV: Taylor Shelstad 1-3 2b r-2, Rylee Lund 1-4 r-2, Rylee Sawatzky 1-3 r-2 rbi, Tori Bungarden 1-4 r-2 sb, Tayler Kittelson 1-3 r-2 rbi-2 bb, Isabel Gerdes 1-1 rbi bb-2, Claire Borstad 1-2 rbi-2 bb, Maddie Matthies 0-2 rbi bb, Addy Bonn 0-2 r bb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - YME: Sneller (L) 3-6-10-1-6-4, Abbie Winter 1.1-1-1-0-0-0 … LQPV: Sawatzky (W) 4-4-1-1-2-12, T. Shelstad 1-0-0-0-0-0

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