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Roundup: Willmar 17-U soccer to play for state title

COON RAPIDS--he Willmar Soccer Association 17-U team will play for a Competition Level 3 state championship after defeating Eagan 6-1 on Thursday in the semifinals in Coon Rapids.

COON RAPIDS-he Willmar Soccer Association 17-U team will play for a Competition Level 3 state championship after defeating Eagan 6-1 on Thursday in the semifinals in Coon Rapids.

Jesus Nevarez and Marcos Nino both scored three goals against Eagan.

Willmar takes on Coon Rapids for the state championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Shakopee.

Willmar was 8-2 in the regular season and is 4-0 so far in the playoffs.

16-U soccer falls game short

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The Willmar Soccer Association 16-U team fell just short of a state tournament championship berth, playing a scoreless tie with Chippewa Falls in the state Competition Level 2 semifinals on Thursday in Coon Rapids.

According to pool play rules, Willmar entered the game one point behind Chippewa Falls and needed to win to advance to Saturday's title game in Shakopee.

"We played pretty well," said head coach Richard Courtney. "We outplayed them and they kind of sat on it."

Willmar narrowly missed converting on several scoring chances, Courtney said. Sergio Moreno had a first-half shot hit the crossbar. The shot dropped down but didn't cross the goal line, Courtney said.

Willmar finished 11-0-3 and allowed just three goals.

Legion Baseball
Willmar out of sub-state tourney

WILLMAR-Willmar's legion team was part of a hit parade on Thursday in an elimination game against Marshall at Bill Taunton Stadium. Though Willmar's offense showed up, so did Marshall's and they ended up beating the host's 14-8.

Post 167 got on the board first and went into the fifth with a 4-2 lead but the wheels fell off.

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The Mudcats scratched six across with six hits.

Willmar scored four runs late in the game but the Mudcats kept scoring as well and post 167 couldn't make up the difference.

Brayden Sunder led Willmar, going 3-for-4 with three triples and a pair of runs.

The loss eliminates Willmar from the playoffs and ends their season.

Marshall 14, Willmar 8

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Marshall 001 162 31x-14 16 na

Hitting-Willmar: Sam Vreeman 1-4, Noah Streed 1-4, Josh Tinklenberg 1-5, Noah Vreeman 1-3, Trae Murphy 1-1, Brayden Sunder 3-4 2b-3 r-2, Tyler Johnson 1-4, Isaac Kobienia 3-3 2b r ... Marshall: Zach Thompson 3-4 r-2, Mason Penske 2-6 r-2, Logan Tomasek 2-5 hr

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Pitching-Willmar: Johnson (L) 4-10-7-7-1-3, Sam Vreeman 3-5-6-6-5-3, Sunder 1-1-1-1-1-0 ... Marshall: Tomasek 3.2-5-4-4-4-1, Ryan VanMoer (W) 5.1-7-4-4-2-3

Amateur

Bird Island 9, Dundas 5

Bird Island used a complete game performance and strong hitting to beat Dundas on Wednesday.

The Bullfrogs and Dundas split runs in the first to keep the game tied until the fourth when Bird Island put two more on the board. They battled with Dundas, trading blows in the middle innings but the Bullfrogs emerged after six with a slight 6-5 lead.

The final third of the game went in Bird Island's favor, as starter Brad Gass found extra life and kept the Dukes' offense quiet. The Bullfrogs added three runs for insurance purposes as well, ending the game with the 9-5 win.

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Dundas 100 013 000-5 9 na

Hitting-Bird Island: Trent Athmann 1-4 r, Lane Stadther 2-4 r, Tyler Hebrink 0-3 r, Logan Swan 3-4 2b-2 r-3, Shawn Dollerschell 1-4 r-2, Logan Nissen 2-5, Jake Pettit 1-1, Ben Steffel 2-5 r... Dundas: Carson Jones 2-4 rbi-2 r

Pitching-Bird Island: Brad Gass (W) 9-9-5-4-3-2 ... Dundas: Noah Luedtke (L) 4.1-7-6-5-2-2, Mick Duderd 2.2-1-0-0-0-2, Drew Sathrum 2-4-3-3-1-3

VFW

Willmar 14, Fergus Falls 0

Willmar VFW I brought an offensive onslaught to Fergus Falls on Thursday, totaling 14 runs and 12 hits. Post 1639 also pitched well, shutting out their opponent and limiting them to only two hits.

Jayden Dierenfeld did it on the mound and at the plate for Willmar. He got the win by pitching five scoreless innings with only two hits allowed and he also went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored.

Jon Broman, Kaden Kesler-Gross, Zak Madsen and Drey Dirksen each finished the day with multi-hit games. Dirksen led the team at 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.

Willmar 032 045 0-14 12 1

Fergus Falls 000 000 0-0 2 5

Hitting-Willmar: Jon Broman 2-4 2b rbi-3 r-2, Kaden Kesler-Gross 2-4 r-2, Jack Baumgart 1-4 r-2, Zak Madsen 2-3 r, Avery Smith 0-1 r, Caleb Ditmarson 0-3 r, Byran Weidemann 0-0 r-2, Drey Dirksen 3-4 2b rbi-3, Jayden Dierenfeld 1-3 r, Isaiah Riemersma 1-4, Bray Bauman 0-2 r, Blake VanDenEinde 0-1 r, Caleb Owens 0-1 r... Fergus Falls: Marshall King 1-3 2b

Pitching-Willmar: Dierenfeld (W) 5-2-0-0-2-1, Madsen 2-0-0-0-0-2 ... Fergus Falls: Zierdan (L) 5-8-9-5-4-4, Knudson 1-3-5-0-2-1, Hoffman 1-1-0-0-2-1

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