Loggers Take Game 1 in Willmar, 10-8.
La Crosse defeated Willmar yesterday thanks to an impressive offensive showing. Like the previous night, the Loggers had success once reaching the opposing team’s bullpen. In the 6th inning, after a solid outing from Stinger’s starter Reed Smith (Louisiana Tech), who went 5.2 innings with 3 earned runs on 6 strikeouts, the Loggers put together a string of hits and walks. Zac Rice (UT-Martin) then drove in 3 with a bases clearing double.
The Lumberman piled on their lead in the 8th, batting around the order and adding a crooked 6 runs. The pair of Skyhawk commits in Zac Rice and Mac Danford both had RBI base hits in the inning.
Jack Haley (Cal State Fullerton), Landon Wallace (Nevada), Mac Danford (UT-Martin), and Zac Rice (UT-Martin) all recorded 2 hits on the evening, with Rice leading the way in RBIs with 4.
Brayden Sanders (NW Mississippi) started for the Loggers, tallying 2.2 innings with 5 earned runs on 2 hits, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Ricky Reeth (Notre Dame) came on in relief in the 3rd, recording 3.1 scoreless innings, keeping his team in the ballgame. After the Stingers tried mounting a comeback rally in the 9th, Trey Frahm (Nebraska) was called upon to put the fire out. Frahm recorded the final out with a backwards K and tallied his second save.
Tonight, the Loggers will look for their third consecutive victory at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar, MN. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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