Curt Hogg and Jake Schultz
BECKER - A back-and-forth affair slipped out of Willmar's hands as Becker scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth and held on to win the Section 5AAA opening round game on Tuesday. The Cardinals will take on Dassel-Cokato on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the losers bracket. A two-out single by Brinley Zoller gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead, and pitcher Brianna Corey retired the side in the seventh to seal the deal. Willmar grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Hannah Johnson in the first, but Becker responded with three runs in the third.
MURDOCK - It was business as usual for Jordyn Swoboda on Thursday afternoon, hitting her eighth home run of the season to lead Willmar to a 6-4 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Thursday afternoon. Swoboda's solo homer was part of a four-run outburst from the Cardinals over the first two innings against Saints ace Sam Gjerde. Hannah Johnson laced two doubles, driving in Swoboda in both the first and fifth innings.
2017 statistics through May 16 HITTERS AVG OBP SLG OPS HR RBI PA Org (Level) Anthony Bemboom ('11) .257 .329 .414 .743 1 11 80 COL (AAA) Jordan Smith ('10) .169 .233 .253 .486 1 5 90 CLE (AAA) Jason Leblebijian ('11) .306 .405 .528 .933 5 24 126 TOR (AAA) Forrestt Allday ('12) .333 .438 .368 .806 1 14 137 LAA (AA) Joe Sever ('10) .231 .300 .319 .619 1 6 100 CLE (AA) Michael Suchy ('12, '13) .260 .325 .370 .695 1 6 81 PIT (AA)
WILLMAR — The sun was shining ever-so-brightly upon the courts at Willmar High School, but the performance from the Cardinals boys tennis team may have glistened even brighter. Willmar looked dominant in a 7-0 victory against St. Cloud Apollo Tuesday afternoon where the Cardinals didn't drop a set. Peyton Fischer had the closest match of the afternoon at No. 1 singles when he defeated St. Cloud Apollo's Gage Donovan 6-0, 6-2. At No. 1 doubles, Ryan Ackerman and Pablo Bernabeu-Guerra won their match in two sets, 6-0, 6-1.
2017 statistics through May 10 HITTERS AVG OBP SLG OPS HR RBI PA Org (Level) Anthony Bemboom ('11) 283 .343 .467 .810 1 11 68 COL (AAA) Jordan Smith ('10) .172 .200 .276 .476 1 2 60 CLE (AAA) Jason Leblebijian ('11) .337 .450 .578 1.028 5 23 100 TOR (AAA) Forrestt Allday ('12) .337 .441 .380 .821 1 13 111 LAA (AA) Joe Sever ('10) .260 .313 .351 .664 1 6 83 CLE (AA) Michael Suchy ('12, '13) .260 .328 .370 .695 1 6 81 PIT (AA)
PRINSBURG - Weston Gjerde started a pivotal triple play and drove in a pair of runs, and Brandon Rasmussen worked five strong innings to lead KMS to an 11-1 win over the Central Minnesota Christian School in a Camden Conference game that ended after six innings on Tuesday.
NEW LONDON - Good luck finding a better pitching performance—at any level—than the masterpiece that Olivia Christopherson turned in on Friday. The New London-Spicer pitcher struck out 17 batters and threw her second no-hitter of the year, out dueling Morris/Chokio-Alberta pitcher Brooke Gillespie in a 1-0 win for the Wildcats in the West Central Tribune Game of the Week. "From us, that was the best pitched game we've ever seen," New London-Spicer head coach Melissa Bergeson said. "I would say she was firing on all cylinders."
Overcoming blustery conditions, LQPV's Rachel Halvorson won a second-straight Willmar Invite title and Svea Ellingson took second place to lead Litchfield to the team win on Monday at Eagle Creek Golf Course.
WILLMAR - Jordyn Swoboda hit a home run and scored three runs in the season opener for the Willmar softball team, but the Cardinals came up just 60 feet short in a 5-4 Central Lakes Conference loss to Sartell on Tuesday afternoon. Trailing by one run, Grace Culshaw laced a one-out single to left field and motored all the way to third base on a two-base error. Swoboda, who had hit a homer in her previous plate appearance, then laid down a safety squeeze bunt, but Sabres pitcher Riley Trobec threw home in time to get Culshaw at the plate to cut down the tying run.
SARTELL - Willmar baseball team's youth didn't get in their way Tuesday afternoon as they overcame some early miscues and rallied for a 10-6 win over Sartell in their season-opener. The Cardinals were down early following some fielding errors but they scored four in the fourth inning to tie things up and change the momentum. The scored two more in the fifth and another four in the seventh inning to earn the victory.