BIRD ISLAND - The base of BOLD's undefeated season is its lights-out pitching and James Woelfel kept that trend going in Thursday's Section 2A playoff game against Martin Luther-GHEC-Truman. Woelfel spun a gem to out-duel Derek Shoen of ML-GHEC-T and guide the Warriors to a 2-1 win and a spot in the winners bracket final against Sleepy Eye. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Franklin Roger Park in Mankato.
WILLMAR - The Thunder Bay Border Cats ended Willmar's winless start to the season with a 3-2 win against the Stingers Thursday night. The Stingers took an early lead with a pair of runs scored in the fourth inning but the Border Cats responded with two of their own in the sixth inning and added one more in the seventh to take the win. Alexander Nolan was nearly unhittable for the Border Cats, allowing just three hits across his six innings.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers really have this pitching thing down. Just one day after a season-opening gem from Braden Scott, Louie Varland followed up with another bit of brilliance in a 2-1 win over the St. Cloud Rox to give the Stingers their first series sweep of the season.
VICTORIA - Litchfield started slow in a resumed game against Holy Family Catholic but fought back to remain in the winner's bracket of the Section 5AA tournament Wednesday with a 10-8 victory. The Dragons held a 2-0 lead through two innings before the game was called to a stop due to lightning Tuesday but the Fire fought back in the third inning, which resumed Wednesday, taking a 3-2 lead. The Fire entered the game as the favored No. 2 seed and extended the lead to 6-2 over the No. 7-seed Dragons.
WILLMAR - Zak Madsen's home run and Drey Dirksen's double in the sixth inning were the key blows as Willmar defeated Dassel-Cokato 5-2 in the first round of the Section 6AAA playoffs on Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Madsen's blast was part of a four-run inning that broke open a 1-1 game. Drey Dirksen drove in Willmar's first run in the fourth inning and he doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth. Madsen followed with his blast.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers opened the season with a former big league ace on the mound Tuesday and may have found one for the future as well. Former Minnesota Twin Scott Erickson kicked off the opening day festivities with an autograph signing and the ceremonial first pitch. The 1991 World Series Champion also ran into former teammate Al Newman, a coach for the St. Cloud Rox, before he gave way to the Stingers' starting pitcher Braden Scott.
BIG LAKE - Mackenzie Jones dominated Rocori from the pitching circle and Willmar scored the game's only runs in the top of the seventh as the Cardinals took command in the Section 5AAA playoffs with a 2-0 victory over the Spartans in the winners bracket final on Tuesday. Jones worked a complete game and scattered eight hits while striking out 10 and issuing no walks. The Cardinals defense played error-free ball. Rocori's Caitlin Heinen was nearly as effective as Jones, allowing only two hits while striking out eight.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Cardinals scored four runs in the fifth inning to spark a late comeback and top St. Cloud Apollo 5-4 in their regular season finale Thursday afternoon at Bill Taunton Stadium. The Cardinals earned to No. 2 seed in Section 6AAA and will play host to Dassel-Cokato at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Taunton.
BECKER - Mackenzie Jones fired a two-hitter to propel Willmar past Becker 5-0 on Thursday and into the Section 5AAA winner's bracket final. The Cardinals, 2-0 in the playoffs, will take on top-seeded Rocori at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Big Lake. Jones went 3-for-4 from the plate to single-handedly out-hit Becker. She knocked in a pair of runs and finished with a double and a stolen base. She struck out six and walked just one. Jordyn Swoboda and Hannah Johnson each added a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals. Willmar 5, Becker 0
MURDOCK—KMS broke out the bats to kick off their playoff run, topping Dawson-Boyd 12-2 and Yellow Medicine East 10-2 Tuesday afternoon. The Saints got the Section 3A tournament going against the Sting, where the hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings that turned into 11-0 through four innings. YME added a run in the fifth inning and one more in the seventh to give the game the 10-2 final. Cassie Weir led the Sting with a pair of doubles and an RBI.