WILLMAR - A three-run fifth helped Alexandria hold off Willmar 6-4 on Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference game Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Alexandria's Blake Hoelscher had three hits, including a triple and a double, and he drove in three runs. Willmar Andy Schultz was 3-for-4 and Jon Broman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Drey Dirksen was 2-for-3 and scored a run and Brady Bauman pitched well in relief, allowing just a hit and striking out two in two innings. Willmar plays at Sauk Rapids at 6 p.m. today. Alexandria 6, Willmar 4
WILLMAR—Hunter, Will and Payton Fischer each won their match and Willmar's top doubles pair bested their opponents from Alexandria to push Willmar to a 4-3 Central Lakes Conference victory. Ryan Ackerman and Ben Hisken won in straight sets to clinch the win for Willmar. The Fischers won the top three singles matches in straight sets as well. Willmar 4, Alexandria 3 Singles
BRAINERD- Hannah Johnson laced a ball to right field to drive in Marina Moyers and cap a seven-run fifth inning for a Willmar come-from-behind victory against Brainerd. The Cardinals logged four hits and three walks in the fifth inning to rally from an 8-2 deficit and finish the game in walk-off fashion. Ashley Prahl finished the game with two of the team's six hits, including a one-out triple in the fifth inning to start the rally and score Johnson, who ultimately proved to be the hero. Willmar 9, Brainerd 8 Brainerd 040 40-8 8 3
BRAINERD - Andy Schultz singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh and Caleb Ditmarson pitched a perfect inning in relief in the bottom of the inning to lead Willmar to a 6-5 win over Brainerd on Tuesday in a Central Lakes Conference game. With the game tied 5-5 in the seventh, Caleb Owens reached on a infield single, moved to second on Ditmarson's sacrifice bunt and moved up to third when Jack Baumgart reached on an error. Schultz followed with a single to right field. Ditmarson then got two strikeouts and a pop out to the catcher to end the game.
WILLMAR — The Willmar track and field team should consider purchasing long-term housing in Stillwater. For the ninth year in a row, the Willmar girls are heading back to the Class AA True Team state meet and the boys, the two-time defending state champions, are making their third-straight trip. The Class AA True Team state meet will take place May 18 and 19 at Stillwater High School.
MELROSE — The Minnewaska and BOLD girls golf teams split a pair of West Central Conference meets on Tuesday. The Minnewaska girls won in Melrose by 11 shots and BOLD edged the Lakers by a stroke in Sauk Centre. West Central Conference meet Madi McGinty shot 39 to edge Minnewaska teammate Emily Harste and BOLD's Makayla Snow by one shot as the Lakers won a West Central Conference meet by 11 shots on Tuesday at the Meadowlark Country Club in Melrose. At Meadowlark Country Club, Melrose Team scoring
MADISON - Lac qui Parle Valley rapped out 16 hits in an 11-4 win over MACCRAY on Monday. The Eagles' Brett Baldwin as 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, Peyton Mortenson was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, Korbin Kells also had three hits and Dain Haas and Caden Bjornjeld both had two hits and two RBIs. Evan Benson had two hits and scored three runs. MACCRAY's Gabe Henker struck the Wolverines' big blow in the fourth, plating all four runs with a grand slam. LQPV plays Yellow Medicine East at 5 p.m. Thursday in Madison. LQPV 11, MACCRAY 4
SAUK RAPIDS - Willmar moved to 9-1 in a similar way to how the Cardinals won the other eight games: strong pitching and hot hitting. Willmar's Mackenzie Jones struck out 10 batters and only allowed five hits in a 6-2 victory over Sauk Rapids in a Central Lakes Conference win on Monday. The Cardinals' Jordyn Swoboda helped the cause offensively, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, stolen base and three runs scored. Hannah Johnson was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Ashley Prahl was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored, and Josie Muller had a hit and stole a base.
ALEXANDRIA - Willmar shot 386 to tie Rocori for fifth place in a Central Lakes Conference meet at the Alexandria Golf Club on Monday. Sartell's Molly Fossen shot 78 to earn medalist honors and Alexandria won the meet by 22 shots over Brainerd. Willmar's Amanda Mathiasen shot 88 and Kess Mara shot 94. Central Lakes Conference Meet At Alexandria Golf Club Team scoring (1) Alexandria 329 (2) Brainerd 351 (3) Sartell 358 (4) St. Cloud Tech 380 (T-5) Willmar 386 (T-5) Rocori 386 (7) Fergus Falls 393 (8) St. Cloud Apollo/Sauk Rapids 638
SUNBURG - KMS piled up runs and won two games Saturday in a baseball "triangular" at Willie Reigstad Field. The Saints scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to wrap up a 12-2 win over Hancock, and they pulled off another five-run inning, this time in the bottom of the sixth, to down Renville.County West 11-1. Against Hancock, KMS' Josh Peterson had a double among his two hits and drove in four runs, and Ryan Torkelson was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.