Willmar VFW baseball: Litchfield out-scores young Willmar VFW team

Post 2818 uses a nine-run second to win 17-11

Willmar VFW Post 1639 coach Jordan Steffer looks toward the outfield during the second inning when Litchfield scored nine of its 17 runs at Bill Taunton Stadium on Friday, June 18, 2021. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — A high-scoring second inning by Litchfield may have been the key contributor to the Willmar VFW Post 1639 baseball team losing 17-11 on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Prior to the second inning, Willmar came back from a four-run deficit to lead 6-4. From there, Litchfield Post 2818 took a 13-8 lead, scoring nine runs.

“I told the team after the game that the second inning is where we fell apart a little bit,” Post 1639 coach Jordan Steffer said. “We came back and battled.”

Litchfield scored twice in the sixth.

“(We) just wanted to win every inning,” Steffer said. “It was a zero-zero game after that second inning. I just kept telling them: ‘We just got to keep winning each individual inning. If you win innings, you’re going to win the ball game.”


Mattix Swanson and Logan Bass had strong days at the plate for Post 1639. Swanson was 2 of 3 with two runs and a walk. Bass was 3 of 4 with three RBI, a run and a walk.

Steffer says the season is just like his roster in terms of age.

“We’re super young. We’ve got four juniors on the team, the rest are (age) 15. We’re making progress, we haven’t had a lot of time to practice with the varsity team just finishing state, but we’re heading in the right direction.”

Steffer believes player development will be the key to this season being a success.

“I’d just like to see them grow,” he said. “We’re more than capable of putting runs up. We just need to tighten up our defense. That’s what I’d love to see this year.”

Willmar travels to Morris on June 22.

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Willmar VFW Post 1639 player Logan Bass celebrates in the fifth inning Friday, June 18, 2021 at Bill Taunton Stadium. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune
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Willmar VFW Post 1639's Sebastian Burgos pitched Friday, June 18, 2021 at Bill Taunton Stadium. Matthew Curry/West Central Tribune

Litchfield 17,
Willmar 11

Litchfield 490 012 1-17 12 4
Willmar 620 021 0-11 11 5
Hitting - Litchfield: Hunter Theil 0-4 r-2 bb, Jack Ramthun 1-4 r-2 bb-2, Tucker 3-4 r-3 rbi bb-2, Anthony 3-5 r-2 rbi-5, Jax 0-3 r-2, Dietel 2-4 r-2 bb, Voss 2-5 r rbi-2, Elwell 1-3 r-2, Ethan 0-0 r bb-3, Ben 0-1 bb Willmar: Dylan Staska 1-5 r sb, Kadin Brabender 1-2 r-2 rbi sb, William Sportel 0-2 r sac, Chase Birchard 0-2 rbi bb sf, Mattix Swanson 2-3 r-2 bb sb, Landon Ogdahl 0-5 r-2 rbi, Logan Bass 3-4 r rbi-3 bb 3b, Jaydon Garnhardt 2-4 r, Rich Becker 0-0 bb-2, Henry Michelson 2-2 r rbi-2 2b
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Litchfield: Tucker 4-9-8-2-2-1, Hunter 3-2-3-3-3-3 … Willmar: Logan Bass 1-2-7-4-3-0, Dylan Staska 1/3-2-6-6-5-0, Sebastian Burgos 2⅔-3-1-1-2-1, Chase Birchard 3-5-3-3-3-3

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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