ST. CLOUD—Willmar split a pair of matches with St. Cloud schools Thursday afternoon to wrap up the Central Lakes Conference season. The Cardinals started strong with a 7-0 win against St. Cloud Apollo/Sauk Rapids but ran into trouble against St. Cloud Tech, losing 6-1. Will Fischer earned the lone win against the Tigers, earning a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 decision against Kevin Heller at No. 2 singles. He also won 6-1, 6-0 in the match against St. Cloud Apollo/Sauk Rapids. SC Tech 6, Willmar 1 Singles
LITCHFIELD—Morgan Matson was effectively wild in the pitching circle, allowing only two hits but walking 11 in Watertown-Mayer's 6-4 win over Litchfield on Wednesday. The game was started as the second of a Wright County Conference doubleheader on Monday but was suspended because of rain in the bottom of the first inning. Matson also homered and drove in two runs. Litchfield's Jasmin Estrada hit a two-run homer in her one plate appearance and she drew three walks. Avery Stilwell had the Dragons' other hit and Emma DeWolf drove in a run.
WILLMAR - Willmar won an exciting game in extra innings in Game One but Sartell got its bats going early in Game Two and the Sabres earned a split of a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader on Wednesday at the Willmar High School diamond. Willmar wraps up the regular season at the Hibbing Tournament this weekend and then prepares for the upcoming Section 5AAA playoffs. Playoff seeds will be determined on Sunday and games begin Tuesday.
WILLMAR - Willmar's flair for the dramatic carried on Tuesday as the Cardinals took a pair of victories against Rocori in a battle for Central Lakes Conference standings. The Cardinals won game two with an RBI double from Jack Baumgart in the top of the eighth inning to take the 3-2 victory. Willmar won the opening game 5-3 behind a strong pitching performance from Bryan Weidemann.
LITCHFIELD - Litchfield swept singles and won two of three doubles matches against Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd on Tuesday. The Dragons didn't drop a set in any of their six wins, and they forced three sets in their lone loss at No. 1 doubles. Litchfield 6, LQPV/DB 1 Singles (1) Trevor Meyer, Lit, def Ryan Borstad 6-2 6-0 (2) Matthew Wedin, Lit, def Gavin Olson 6-3 6-3 (3) Jordan Green, Lit, def Colton Husby 6-0 6-0 (4) Griffin Kinny, Lit, def Thomas Frank 6-1 6-2 Doubles
WILLMAR - Willmar's shot at a Central Lakes Conference championship took a major hit on Tuesday as Rocori rolled into town and left with two victories over the Cardinals. Rocori won 6-1 and 7-1, improving to 9-2 in the CLC and 13-3 overall. Willmar fell to 9-3 and 12-4 overall and now is a half-game behind the Spartans and Brainerd, which also is 9-2 in the conference and tied with Rocori at the top. The Cardinals have two regular-season games remaining against Sartell on Thursday in Willmar.
BENSON—BOLD fell behind by four runs in the early innings but rallied late and defeated Benson 8-6 in a West Central Conference game on Friday. BOLD's Taylor Sagedahl and Megan Ridler both had two hits and Sagedahl got the win, striking out five. Benson's Kaitlyn Berreau had three hits, Liz Staton was 2-for-4 and Courtney McNeill hit a solo home run. Benson plays host to Morris/Chokio-Alberta in a single game at 5 p.m. Tuesday. BOLD 8, Benson 6 BOLD 101 031 2-8 8 2 Benson 231 000 0-6 11 3
PERHAM - Josh Proehl won New London-Spicer's only match against the Wildcats' hosts at the Perham Triangular on Friday. Perham 6, NLS 1. Singles (1) Jsoh Proehl, N, def Carter Cresap 7-5 6-0 (2) Ben Winkels, P, def Nick Rutledge 6-0 6-1 (3) Josh Peterson, P, def Jake Patock 6-0 6-0 (4) Drew Birkeland, P, def Hendrik Rarach 6-1 6-0 Doubles
RAYMOND—Haley Wollschlager was an unstoppable force for Lac qui Parle Valley, taking both wins from the rubber and adding six hits to help the Eagles sweep MACCRAY Friday afternoon. The junior pitcher hit a two-run bomb to left field to give her Eagles the lead in game one and she drove in one more in the seventh to give her team the 3-1 win. She earned the complete game win from the pitching circle with nine strikeouts and finished the game with four hits.
SAUK RAPIDS—Willmar rallied to take the lead in the top of the seventh inning and pitchers Caleb Ditmarson and Brady Bauman combined to shut down Sauk Rapids in the bottom of the inning to record a 3-2 Central Lakes Conference win on Friday. Sauk Rapids starter Brady Posch staked himself to a 2-1 lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.