MARSHALL—The Raymond Rockets took on Marshall on Tuesday in their last game before the Region 11C postseason begins this weekend and came out on top in the tune up, 6-2. The first half of the game was quiet as both starting pitchers came out battling. Raymond's Alex Lotthammer pitched the first three innings and kept Marshall hitless before being relieved by John Sawatzky. Sawatzky allowed the only two Marshall runs in the sixth but his offense helped him out to give him the win.
ATWATER—Justin Schroeder and Vance Martin handcuffed New London-Spicer and Matt Tanner was perfect at the plate and drove in three runs as Atwater advanced to the County Line League title game with a 7-0 victory on Sunday at Kingery Field. The top-seeded Chuckers will play the losers' bracket finalist at 3 p.m. Sunday in Atwater. No. 4 seed Starbuck and No. 3 seed Regal play Saturday in an elimination game. No. 2-seed New London-Spicer plays the Starbuck-Regal winner at noon Sunday in Atwater.
WILLMAR—Recent pitching struggles looked like a thing of the past Sunday as Willmar hurlers threw 13 consecutive scoreless innings in a doubleheader sweep of Rochester. Jayce Vancena threw a three-hit shutout in the second, seven-inning game of a doubleheader and the Stingers coasted to a 6-0 win. The Stingers won the first game 10-1 Vancena, who had five strikeouts without a walk, has won his last four decisions and allowed just one run in his last two starts. Danny Pardo led the charge offensively, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
WILLMAR—The motors were revving once again at the KRA Speedway on Thursday. Weather delays and postponements from the July 7 schedule were made up Thursday in the Hobby Stock, Mod Four and Modified classes. Hornets, Midwest Modifieds and Super Stock races from July 7 will be made up on July 28. On Thursday, Nick Simar of Willmar bested Sam Lungstrom of Blomkest to take the flag in the Hobby Stock feature. Kerkhoven's Jed Muller was third.
PAYNESVILLE—The Willmar VFW I team geared up for the District 5 playoffs in a manner that has become routine the last month. Timely hitting and solid pitching helped Post 1639 down Albany 3-0 on Friday night in a game played at Paynesville's new stadium. Willmar I notched its 14th straight win and the team heads into the district tournament 21-8 overall. "We're heading in the right direction going into the playoffs," said head coach Tom DeBoer.
COON RAPIDS—he Willmar Soccer Association 17-U team will play for a Competition Level 3 state championship after defeating Eagan 6-1 on Thursday in the semifinals in Coon Rapids. Jesus Nevarez and Marcos Nino both scored three goals against Eagan. Willmar takes on Coon Rapids for the state championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Shakopee. Willmar was 8-2 in the regular season and is 4-0 so far in the playoffs. 16-U soccer falls game short
MONTEVIDEO—BOLD used a strong combined pitching performance to rout Cottonwood 8-1 and advance in the District 7 Final Four on Thursday. Ben Steffel started for the Mudhens and threw three innings of hitless ball before being relieved by Hayden Tersteeg, who went three innings to get the win. Tersteeg allowed the only Cottonwood run and kept his team's lead comfortably in his three innings of work. Reed Stadther pitched the final inning. He ran into a bit of trouble, allowing four hits, but kept Cottonwood off the board.
COON RAPIDS—The Willmar Soccer Association 16-U boys soccer team is a step away from playing for a state championship after a 3-2 win over Shakopee on Tuesday in the six-team Competition Level 2 state tournament. Sergio Moreno scored all three goals for Willmar, which trailed 2-1 with 15 minutes left in the game. The contest was shortened because of high temperatures. Willmar will play Chippewa Falls at 6 p.m. Thursday in Coon Rapids.
The Willmar Legion baseball team will be host of the Division 1, Zone 15 Sub-State tournament on Wednesday through Saturday. Willmar, the No. 6 seed, opens the double-elimination tournament against No. 3 Hutchinson at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Taunton Stadium. In Wednesday's other first-round games at Taunton, No. 2 Maple Plain plays No. 7 Cold Spring at 10 a.m., No. 4 Marshall plays No. 5 Delano at 4 p.m., and at 7 p.m. top-seed Waconia plays No. 8 Lester Prairie, which defeated St. Joseph in a play-in game.
GRANITE FALLS—Cottonwood's legion team was able to handle Montevideo with ease on Sunday, winning the District 7, Southwest Sub-District title 8-0 on Sunday the arm of Bayley Enstad and timely hitting. Cottonwood put up two crooked numbers in the second and the third inning including six in the third. With the way Enstad was dealing, that was plenty. Enstad only allowed three hits in seven innings and struck out three on the day.