The Litchfield VFW baseball team got its season started in a hurry this past weekend. Litch competed in four contests at a tournament in Cold Spring, winning two and losing two.
Litch trailed Grand Rapids 1-0 in its opener before two runs in the second and three runs in the third aided a 5-1 win. Dan Estrada had two hits, two runs and an RBI, while Avery Liestman allowed just one run in seven innings on the mound.
The second game was a blowout loss for Litch, as it fell 14-0 to Maple Grove. It scored five runs in the first inning, two in the second, four in the third and three more in the fifth.
On Saturday, Litchfield's offense produced 10 runs against Marshall, but it wasn't enough in a 15-10 loss. Litch lead 10-7 going into the seventh, but Marshall posted an eight-run seventh inning to steal the win. Bennett Lecher had four hits, including a triple and home run, while scoring three runs and notching two RBIs. Liestman had three hits and two runs scored.
Litchfield wrapped up its tournament with a 12-2 six-inning victory against Paynesville, highlighted by a six-run third inning. Eight Litch batters had a hit, with Christian Kelsey notching two doubles.
Litchfield VFW 5, Grand Rapids VFW 1 (June 7)
G.R. ... 100 000 0 - 1
Litch ... 023 000 x - 5
Batting - Bennett Lecher 0-4, RBI, SB; Ben Alsleben 0-4; Avery Liestman 0-1, R, BB, SB; Drew Kotzer 0-2, BB; Hunter Thiel 1-2, R; Christian Kelsey 1-3, R; Dan Estrada 2-3, 2R, RBI; Riley Taber 1-3, RBI; Beau Weseloh 1-2, 2RBI
Pitching - Avery Liestman (W) 7IP-6H-1R-1ER-1BB-6K
Maple Grove VFW 14, Litchfield VFW 0 (June 7)
M.G. ... 524 03 - 14
Litch ... 000 00 - 0
Batting - Bennett Lecher 0-3; Ben Alsleben 0-3; Avery Liestman 1-3; Drew Kotzer 1-3, BB; Hunter Thiel 1-2; Dan Estrada 0-2; Christian Kelsey 0-0, BB; Sean McGraw 0-1; Riley Taber 0-2; Beau Weseloh 0-0, BB; Caden Besemer 0-1
2B - Kotzer
Pitching - Ben Alsleben (L) 2IP-7H-7R-1ER-0BB-0K; Bennett Lecher 1IP-2H-4R-2ER-3BB-1K; Riley Taber 2IP-5H-3R-1ER-0BB-1K
Marshall VFW 15, Litchfield VFW 10 (June 8)
Marsh ... 112 021 8 - 15
Litch .... 110 044 0 - 10
Batting - Bennett Lecher 4-5, 3R, 2RBI; Ben Alsleben 0-3, 2R, RBI, BB; Avery Liestman 3-5, 2R, RBI; Drew Kotzer 1-3, 2R, 2RBI; Hunter Thiel 1-4; Dan Estrada 1-4, RBI; Christian Kelsey 0-4; Beau Weseloh 2-4, 2RBI; Bauer Wahl 0-3, R; Sean McGraw 0-0, BB
2B - Kotzer, Weseloh; 3B - Lecher; HR - Lecher
Pitching - Hunter Thiel 6.2IP-10-H-8R-4ER-2BB-8K; Beau Weseloh (L) 0.1IP-3H-7R-7ER-3BB-0K
Litchfield VFW 12, Paynesville VFW 2 (June 8)
Paynes ... 101 000 - 2
Litch ...... 016 113 - 12
Batting - Bennett Lecher 2-3, 2R, BB; Ben Alsleben 1-4, R, RBI; Avery Liestman 2-3, 2R, RBI; Drew Kotzer 1-3, 2R, RBI; Hunter Thiel 1-3, R, 2RBI; Dan Estrada 1-3, 2R, 2RBI; Christian Kelsey 2-2, R, RBI; Sean McGraw 0-1; Beau Weseloh 2-3, 0R, 2RBI; Bauer Wahl 0-2, R
2B - Kelsey (2), Lecher, Thiel
Pitching - Drew Kotzer (W) 6IP-5H-2R-1ER-0BB-9K