Area baseball roundup

Legion baseball

Mudcats drop tourney opener

An erratic opening to the St. Cloud Legion tournament saw the Marshall Mudcats fall to Willmar 11-6 on Thursday in St. Cloud. The Mudcats issued 14 walks over seven innings, squandering an early lead in the loss.

Marshall jumped out to a 3-0 lead after plating three runs in the bottom of the second inning. After a scoreless third inning, the walks finally took their toll with Willmar scoring eight runs in the inning.

Colton Peterson started and took the loss for Marshall, walking eight batters over four innings. Jared Holland walked six batters in three innings of relief for the Mudcats, allowing three runs in the process. The Mudcat defense also committed four errors in the game.

Offensively, Marshall was led by Riley Roth’s 3-for-4 night. Roth also drove in two runs. Derek Buysse had the only other multiple-hit game for the Mudcats, finishing 2-for-4 and scoring twice. As a team, Marshall had nine hits in the game.

The Mudcats (3-6 overall) are back in action at the St. Cloud tournament today with a 3 p.m. game against Nisswa

Willmar000 810 2-11 5 3

Marshall030 002 1-6 9 4

M-Colton Peterson, Jared Holland (5). LP-Peterson.

Cottonwood tops Prinsburg 9-6

A third-inning grand slam by Randy Louwagie started the scoring for the Cottonwood Legion baseball team on its way to a 9-6 win over Prinsburg Thursday in Cottonwood.

Cottonwood did all of its scoring in the middle innings with five runs in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth. Seth Boerboom had a big game at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double. Bayley Enstad also chipped in with a pair of hits.

Boerboom got the start for Cottonwood and went three innings. He was relieved by Enstad, who worked the next 3 2/3 innings and got the win. Louwagie closed out the game by recording the final out.

At 2-3 on the season, Cottonwood will try to climb back to .500 with a game Monday at Dawson.

Prinsburg020 202 0-6 8

Cottonwood005 310 X-9 12

P-Tyler Daugherty, Lucas Van Eps (5). C-Seth Boerboom, Bayley Enstad (4), Randy Louwagie (7). WP-Enstad. LP-Daugherty. S-Louwagie. 2B: P-Sam Ohden; C-Boerboom. HR: C-Louwagie.

VFW baseball

Blue gets sweep in Worthington

Marshall VFW Blue swiped a pair of games from Worthington on Thursday night in Wilmont. In Game 1, Blue blasted 18 runs off of 19 hits in a 18-2 win. The nightcap was a closer affair as the game, scheduled for five innings, was won by Marshall 5-3 in seven innings.

Nate Hoeft took the mound for Blue in the opener, scattering six hits over seven innings. Hoeft fanned eight batters, while going 3-for-5 with an RBI at the plate.

Noah Winkelman and Jack Bock went a combined 6-for-10 with five RBIs and two doubles for Blue, while Conner Winkelman and Scott Buss each had 2-for-4 games. Dylan Criquet-Danielson ripped off four hits and knocked in three runs for Blue, which plated nine runs in the top of the seventh to blow the game open.

Game 2 saw Blue rally from an early 2-0 deficit as Worthington scored twice in the first inning. Blue scored three times in the third, but were unable to hold onto the lead.

Worthington tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, scoring their third run off Marshall starter Rusty Swanson.

Swanson ultimately picked up the win, as Matt Thompson knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Quinton Johnson drove in Thompson as security, while Jack Bock retired the final three Worthington batters en route to the save.

Noah Winkelman stayed hot at the plate in Game 2, finishing 2-for-4 with a double and RBI. Derek Rasmussen was also 2-for-4 and Thompson ended the game 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.

Marshall Blue improves to 9-7 for the summer after the sweep and will be back in action Monday as it hosts Redwood Falls.

Marshall500 021 9-18 19 3

Worthington011 000 0-2 6 3

M-Nate Hoeft; W-Nathan Braaksma, Luke Drooger (1), Oliver Wolyniec (6). WP-Hoeft. LP-Braaksma. 2B: M-Noah Winkelman, Jack Bock, Brent Andries.

Marshall003 000 2-5 11 1

Worthington200 010 0-3 7 1

M-Rusty Swanson, Jack Bock (7); W-Roque Soto. WP-Swanson. LP-Soto. S-Bock. 2B: M-Winkelman, Matt Thompson.

Marshall VFW Orange drops 2 tight games to Pipestone

Marshall VFW Orange dropped two nailbiters to Pipestone in Marshall on Thursday night. Orange tried to rally from a 6-3 deficit in the opener, but fell short in the seventh inning and lost 6-4. In Game 2, Pipestone scored four runs in the final two innings en route to a 5-4 walk-off win.

Orange led 3-2 after four innings in Game 1, but Pipestone struck for four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-3 lead. Marshall was only able to get one run back in the seventh, as Jacob Deines took the loss for Orange.

Nick Fozvick had half of Marshall’s four hits in the game, legging out two triples. Pipestone’s Boyer Bouman also hit a triple and teammate Mason Delaney added a double.

In the nightcap Marshall led 4-1 entering the fourth inning, but again saw their lead squandered. Pipestone added two runs in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to claim the 5-4 walk-off win.

Justin Mettling was credited with the loss, exiting with runners on in the fifth, but Blaise Andries surrendered the game-winning hit. Brayden Baartman grabbed the win for Pipestone.

Fozvick added two more hits in Game 2, while Thomas Fischer and PJ Bot chipped in with a pair of singles each.

Marshall Orange (2-7 overall) will look to end its current five-game losing streak on Monday when it travels for a game against Slayton.

Pipestone110 004 0-6 7 1

Marshall002 100 1-4 4 2

P-Mauricio Sada, Michael Swanson (6); M-Jacob Deines, Blaise Andries (7). WP-Sada. LP-Deines. S-Swanson. 3B: P-Boyer Bouman; M-Nick Fozvick 2. 2B: P-Mason Delaney.

Marshall202 00-4 7 1

Pipestone010 22-5 5 1

M-Justin Mettling, Blaise Andries (5); P-Michael Friese, Brayden Baartman. WP-Baartman. LP-Mettling. 3B: P-Jake Evans.

Tyler holds off Tracy, 3-2

Levi Hurst struck out eight over seven innings as he helped lead the Tyler VFW baseball team to a 3-2 victory over Tracy Thursday night in Tyler.

Hurst walked just one batter and scattered nine hits on the night, while holding Tracy scoreless through the first six innings. Tracy plated both its runs in the seventh off of Hurst, but the rally fell one run short.

Tyler scored twice in the bottom of the first as Ryan Fischer doubled in Dain LaRock. Fischer ultimately came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Hurst. Brandon Verly plated the eventual winning run for Tyler in the third, scoring on a passed ball. Tyler took advantage of three Tracy errors and eight walks for the game. Tracy pitchers Derek Larson and Austin Gleis gave up three hits.

Larson took the loss, lasting four innings. He also was 3-for-3 in the game with a double while teammate Riley Steffes had a 2-for-3 night at the plate.

Tracy drops to 2-3 on the season following the loss and plays again Monday at Luverne. Tyler, meanwhile, improves to 4-3 for the summer and will also return to action Monday, traveling to Worthington.

Tracy000 000 2-2 9 3

Tyler201 000 X-3 3 2

Tracy-Derek Larson, Austin Gleis (5); Tyler-Levi Hurst. WP-Hurst. LP-Larson. 2B: Tracy-Larson; Tyler-Ryan Fischer.