The Kilowatts faced the Willmar Rails last Wednesday. Granite got off to a good start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Colton Vien was a force to be reckoned with on the mound. He struck out three batters to get the outs in the top of the 2nd, with one runner getting on base.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Cole Richter demonstrated his diving skills, having to go back to first twice to avoid getting caught off base. Lucas Kruse walked, and Josh Anderson was beaned for the first time, loading the bases. Zac Envoldson hit a single. The runner going to 2nd was tagged out, but a run scored, putting the Kilowatts up 3-1. Vien got all three outs in the top of the 3rd as well, striking out two and fielding a short ground ball.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Markus Kranz walked, and Koltyn Louwagie replaced him as a courtesy runner. Grund accidently hit the ball into his own foot. He walked after a full count while Louwagie stole 3rd. Richter hit a double to hit them both home. Kruse hit a single, and the 2nd baseman overthrew 1st, giving Richter an opening to score. Anderson was beaned for the 2nd time. Envoldson struck out, but the Kilowatts were now up 6-1.

In the top of the 4th, 1st baseman Richter caught a ball hit right to him. Right fielder Envoldson caught a hit and threw it to 2nd, but the runner on 1st hadn’t started running, so he was safe. The runner stole 3rd, but Vien struck out the next batter. In the bottom of the 4th, Odegard hit a single and stole 2nd. Cam Vien hit a double to left-center and got him home. Grund hit a double and got Vien home, putting the Kilowatts up 8-1.

In the bottom of the 5th, Anderson was beaned for a 3rd time, Brandon Schmidt came in as a courtesy runner. Envoldson hit a single and got Schmidt to 3rd. A wild pitch got him home. Odegard walked, and Cam Vien hit a single to score another run. Willmar pulled off a double play by catching Kyle TeBeest’s hit and putting Cam Vien out of position to get him out at 1st. Colton Vien was walked, and on the 4th pitch, the catcher missed the ball, so Odegard stole home. King Richter got hit in the helmet by a pitch, but was ok. The Kilowatts loaded the bases, and Cole Richter got walked, scoring a run. The Kilowatts were up 12-1.

The Kilowatts scored two more runs in the 6th inning. Willmar managed to score two in the top of the 7th, and then the 10-run rule kicked in, giving the Kilowatts the win 14-3.

Odegard and Envoldson led the Kilowatts with three runs and one RBI each. Colton Vien pitched six innings, throwing 10 strikeouts and allowing three hits and two walks. Cam Vien threw one inning, allowing two runs and two walks. Josh Anderson actually tied Major League records by getting hit by three pitches in a single game. According to Baseball-Almanac.com, 27 players have been hit three times in a single game. In 1904, Frank Chance was playing in a double header and was hit five times. Hughie Jennings has the career record, getting hit 287 times.

Willmar

Batting

Bergeson 4-1 RBI 1 SO 1

Tinklenberg 4-0 SO 2

Koistra 2-0 BB 1

Adamson 3-0 SO 1

Sunder 3-2 R 1

Thunstedt 1-1 R 1 BB 2

Melin 2-0 R 1 SO 2

Warne 2-0 BB 1 SO 2

Overeash 3-0 RBI 1 SO 2

Pitching

Thunstet IP 4.67 #P 129 R 12 ER 10 K 5 H 7 BB 8

Melin IP 1.33 #P 44 R 2 ER 2 K 3 H 2 BB 4

Kilowatts

Batting

Envoldson 3-1 R 3 RBI 1 SO 1

Friese 1-1

Odegard 3-2 R 3 BB 1

TeBeest 0-0 R 1

Cam Vien 4-2 R 1 RBI 3

Kranz 3-0 R 1 BB 2 SO 2

Colton Vien 4-1 R 1 RBI 1

Grund 2-1 R 1 RBI 1 BB 1

Richter 1-1 R 2 RBI 3 BB 4

Kruse 2-0 RBI 1 BB 1

Louwagie 1-0 RBI 1 BB 1 SO 1

Anderson 0-0 R 1 Schmidt 1-0 SO 1

Pitching

Colten Vien IP 6 #P 86 R 1 ER 0 K 10 H 3 BB 2

Cam Vien IP 1 #P 21 R 2 ER 2 K 0 H 1 BB 2