Green’s one-hitter fuels VFW triumph

LAKE CRYSTAL – Right-hander Eli Green hurled a one-hit complete-game gem to propel the Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball team to a 5-0 extra-inning victory over Lake Crystal on Wednesday night in Lake Crystal.

Green recorded four strikeouts and issued two walks in eight shutout innings to earn the complete-game victory.

Fairmont and Lake Crystal battled to a scoreless tie through the game’s first seven innings.

Jack Waletich, who earned a spot on the Class AA all-state baseball tournament team on Monday, delivered the pivotal hit for Fairmont during the top of the eighth inning.

Waletich hammered a three-run triple to extend VFW Post 1222’s lead to 4-0 at that juncture.

Carter Lloyd led off the eighth with a hit and Caleb Lloyd walked before Green and Sam Schwieger each were hit by pitches. Waletich then smacked a bases-clearing triple before Clayton Maakestad lined an RBI single for one of his two hits on the game.

Fairmont (4-1) plays host to Mapleton at 10 a.m. Saturday.