ST. CLOUD — The Willmar softball team improved to 4-6 following a Central Lakes Conference sweep of St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday.
A four-run top of the seventh propelled the Cardinals to a 16-13 Game 1 victory. In Game 2, Willmar held the Eagles off the board through the final three innings to leave an 8-7 winner.
Coming up with 13 hits in the opener, the Cardinals were led offensively by Ashley Pitzen and Zoe Schroeder. Pitzen was 3-for-4 with four runs, three stolen bases and a pair of RBIs while Schroeder went 3-for-4 with a double, four runs, two stolen bases and an RBI. Bentley Sjoberg added two hits and two RBIs in the Game 1 victory. Lily Reed was the winning pitcher with nine strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
Reed’s success carried over to the batter’s box in Game 2 as she led the Cardinals’ offense, going 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and two stolen bases. Carlie Berskow went 1-for-2 with two runs and a stolen base while also getting the win after four innings of work in the circle.
Willmar returns home on Thursday, hosting Sartell for a doubleheader at Willmar High School. Game 1 is set to begin at 4 p.m.
Willmar 430 212 4-16 11 7
Apollo 272 000 2-13 13 5
Hitting - Willmar: Bentley Sjoberg 2-5 rbi-2, Carlie Berskow 1-2 r-2, Caroline Becker 1-2, Ashley Pitzen 3-4 2b r-4 rbi-2 sb-3, Zoe Schroeder 3-4 2b r-4 rbi sb-2, Hailie Smith 1-4 r rbi, Lily Reed 0-4 r-3, Amelia Reed 0-5 r, Edyn Saulsbury 0-1 r, Marin Enstad 0-3 r rbi-3 sac … Apollo: Stats not available.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: L. Reed (W) 7-13-13-4-1-9 … Apollo: Stats not available.
Apollo 212 200 0-7 9 2
Willmar 203 030 x-8 6 3
Hitting - Apollo: Stats not available … Willmar: Bentley Sjoberg 0-3 r, Carlie Berskow 1-2 r-2 sb, Lily Reed 3-4 r-3 rbi-2 sb-2, Ashley Pitzen 1-3, Zoe Schroeder 1-1 r, Bentley Sjoberg 0-3 r sb, Edyn Saulsbury 0-3 r rbi-3 sb, Caroline Becker 0-2 rbi sac.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Apollo: Stats not available … Willmar: Berskow (W) 4-7-7-6-6-4, Abby Clancy (Sv) 3-2-0-0-1-2
Litchfield 4, D-C 3
An error at third base on a grounder by Litchfield’s Avery Stilwell allowed Grace Braaten to reach home and score the winning run in the Dragons’ Wright County Conference victory at Litchfield.
Taylor Draeger threw a complete-game victory for Litchfield, striking out 12. On offense, Emma DeWolf was 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.
D-C 200 100 0-3 8 1
Litchfield 100 200 1-4 5 4
Hitting - D-C: Stats not available … Litchfield: Janessa Olson 1-4 r, Emma DeWolf 2-3 2b sb, Kristin Foley 1-3 2b r, Ryanna Steinhaus 1-3 r rbi, Avery Stilwell 0-4 rbi, Grace Braaten 0-0 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - D-C: Stats not available … Litchfield: Taylor Draeger (W) 7-8-3-2-6-12.
Paynesville’s Michaela Roberg had a fine birthday present Tuesday. The 17-year-old went 3-for-5 with a double, six runs scored and four RBI in Paynesville’s victory over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City.
She helped lead the Bulldogs, who had 15 hits. Lynzee Wander went 3-for-5 with three runs, seven RBI, a triple and a home run.
Paynesville (6-4) has a doubleheader Thursday at Maple Lake.
Paynesville 801 276-24 15 4
ACGC 045 100-10 5 5
Hitting - Paynesville: Michaela Roberg 3-5 2b r-6 rbi-4, Taylor Schmit 1-4 r-3 rbi 2b, Lynzee Wander 3-5 r-3 rbi-7 3b hr, Olivia Haines 1-4 r-3 rbi, Kadence Roeske 1-2 r-3 2b rbi, Morgan Peltzer 1-3 r, Madison Leyendecker 1-4 r rbi-2 2b, Adrianna Messer 1-2 r rbi, Jada Bellmont 1-4 r-2 rbi, Cadence Pauls 1-1 2b … ACGC: Wilner 2-4 r-2 2b rbi-2, Schultz 2-3 r-2, Giese 1-1 r rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Paynesville: Wander 1.1-2-4-4-4-0, Messer (w) 4.2-3-6-1-2-3 … ACGC: Kragenbring (L) 5.1-15-21-17-10-1, N/A 0.2-0-3-3-5-1
EV-W 16, BBE 4
A 12-run fourth inning broke up a 3-3 tie, allowing Eden Valley-Watkins to rout Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Central Minnesota Conference action at Brooten.
EV-W 210 (12)1-16 8 0
BBE 210 01-4 2 6
Hitting - EV-W: Alyssa Plantenberg 1-4 r-3, Lindsey Wirz 2-4 r-2, Jayden Pikula 1-4 r-2, Whitney Jansen 1-4 hr r rbi-2, Josie Stranger 1-2 r-2 rbi, Ellare Anderson 1-2 r-2 … BBE: Faith Radermacher 1-3 sb, Jozey Goodall 1-2 3b r rbi, Kylie Winter 0-2 r-2 sb, Jackie Lindsay 0-1 r sb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - EV-W: Amber Schroder (W) 5-2-4-2-5-2 … BBE: Goodall (L) 5-8-16-2-3-3.
Sydney Dietz was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored while LeRae Kram was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI for Morris/Chokio-Alberta in a five-inning West Central Conference victory over BOLD in Morris.
BOLD 200 00- 2 3 8
Morris/CA 841 3x-16 8 1
Hitting - BOLD: Delaney Tersteeg 1-3 2b r, Kendra Nolting 1-2 r sb, Shayleen Skold 1-2, Caylee Weber 0-2 rbi … Morris/CA: LeRae Kram 2-4 3b r-3 rbi sb, Katelynn Wehking 1-3 r rbi-3 sb, Sydney Dietz 3-4 r rbi-2 sb-2, Courtney Lehman 1-2 r-2 rbi sb, Hannah Fischer 1-3 2b r-2 rbi-3, Emma Bowman 0-3 r-2 sb-3, Makenna Hufford 0-2 r sb, Cophia Carlsen 0-4 r-2 sb, Yasmine Westerman 0-0 r.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BOLD: Weber (L) 4-8-16-5-6-4 … Morris/CA: Brienna Dybdahl (W) 5-3-2-1-0-6.
Sauk Centre 14,
Lana Walter and Brenna Bick each went 3-for-4 to lead the host Mainstreeters past Montevideo at Sauk Centre.
Megan Anderson was 3-for-3 for the Thunder Hawks, who had nine hits.
Montevideo 000 003-3 9 3
Sauk Centre 233 006-14 12 0
Hitting - Montevideo: Megan Anderson 3-3 r, Kassey Pauling 1-3 r rbi 2b, Lexi Brockmoller 1-3, Mathea Jorgenson 1-3 r sb, Alyssa Sachs 0-3 rbi, Kylie Cobb 1-3 rbi 2b, Jaysa Herfendal 1-3, Cali Molde 1-2 … Sauk Centre: Maddie Nelson 0-4 rbi-2, Lana Walter 3-4 r-2 rbi-2, Brenna Bick 3-4 r-2 rbi 2b sb-2, Ella Froseth 2-4 r sb, Maggie Warring 0-2 rbi bb-2, Lisa Weir 1-4 r-2 rbi sb, Jada Struss 0-1 r-3 bb-3 sb-3, Greta Kerfeld 1-2 r bb-2 sb, Emily Peters 0-0 sb, Gabby Dickinson 2-4 r-2 rbi-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Montevideo: Anderson (L) 3-8-8-4-3-3, Pauling 2-4-6-5-4-2 … Sauk Centre: Nelson (W) 6-9-3-3-0-6.