Ask any local coach about their top athlete and they will inevitably say, "If I could just have three of that person, we'd be great." It's a statement of respect but unless that player is a farm animal, cloning isn't exactly an option. Willmar head tennis coach Jim Anderson doesn't need any technological advancements in order to triplicate his best player. He needs to look no further than Hunter, Peyton and Will Fischer.
SPICER - Paynesville's Sam Oehrlein turned in a rugged outing on the mound and the Bulldogs touched New London-Spicer for 12 hits in a 7-4 win on Friday at Green Lake Diamonds. Oehrlein worked a complete game, allowing just one earned run on five hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. The Bulldogs Zac Osendorf had three hits and drove in two runs and Zach Schroeder had two hits, an RBI and he scored twice. Grant Ludwig had two hits and an RBI. NLS' Will Roguske was 2-for-3 with a double and he drove in four runs.
ELROSA - BBE took an early lead in their home BBE Invite Friday night against Willmar but the Cardinals quickly made that lead disappear. Willmar rebounded from the 1-0 deficit to take an 11-1 win in the opening night of the wood bat tournament held in Elrosa. The Cardinals racked up 13 hits, including four doubles, on the way to their sixth win of the season. Caleb Owens led from the top of the lineup with a pair of hits and RBIs. He was joined by Jon broma, Drey Dirksen and Caleb Ditmarson, who each had two-hit games.
WILLMAR - Alexandria shot 345 to win the Willmar Invitational on Friday at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. Alexandria's Cora Larson was medalist and Lac qui Parle Valley's Rachel Halvorson shot 80 to place second. Minnewaska's Grace Names shot 85 to tie for third. Willmar Invite At Eagle Creek Golf Club, Willmar Team scoring (1) Alexandria 345 (2) Sartell 358 (3) Minnewaska 364 (4) Lac qui Parle Valley 371 (5) Brainerd 379 (6) Fergus Falls 396 (7) Willmar 398 (8) Rocori 405 (9) St. Cloud Tech 407; MACCRAY and Sauk Rapids incomplete Individual
MONTEVIDEO—Jordyn Mortensen hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning as ACGC capped a comeback and defeated Montevideo 8-7 in Game Two of a West Central Conference doubleheader on Thursday. ACGC took the first game 7-4, holding off a Thunder Hawks' rally in the final inning after building a 7-0 lead. In the second game, ACGC's Pailey Wilner had two hits and drove in three runs and Rylie Wilner had two hits and Alex Hovey and Jade Bierwerth both drove in runs.
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
SARTELL - The momentum Willmar built in taking two from Rocori earlier in the week couldn't push the Cardinals past Sartell, which erased a deficit with a three-run third inning and tacked on two more in the sixth to win 5-2 on Thursday. Sartell's Dylan Notsch had three hits and drove in a run and Riley Hartwig was 2-for-2 with a double and he drove in two runs. Willmar's Jon Broman was 2-for-3 and Jack Baumgart and Andy Schultz both had RBIs. Jayden Dierenfeld took a tough loss, as three Willmar errors led to three unearned runs.
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.