Late results Wednesday BIRD ISLAND -- In a 10-inning game that lasted nearly four hours, Willmar eliminated Bird Island from the postseason with a 9-8 win Wednesday night to advance to the Cornbelt South championship and clinch a spot in the Region 9C playoffs. After squandering a slim 5-3 lead when Willmar (10-9) scored five runs in the eighth, Bird Island (18-10) forced extra innings when Andy Dollerschell doubled in Mark Neubauer. Alex Marcus then led off the top half of the 10th with a double -- his third hit of the game -- and advanced to third on Matt Carlson's sacrifice fly.
Legion Baseball DISTRICT 7, DIVISION I PLAYOFFS At Alexandria Winner's Bracket 1. Marshall vs. Willmar, 1 p.m. Loser's Bracket 2. Alexandria or New London-Spicer vs. Litchfield, 4 p.m. 3. Loser-1 vs. Winner-2, 7 p.m. DISTRICT 7, DIVISION II PLAYOFFS At Montevideo Loser's Bracket Glenwood vs. Montevideo, 6:30 p.m. VFW Baseball DISTRICT 5 PLAYOFFS At Willmar Winner's Bracket 1. Willmar I vs. Madison at Baker, 5 p.m. 2. Alexandria vs. Montevideo at Orange, 5 p.m. Loser's Bracket 3. Morris vs. Loser-2 at Orange, 8 p.m. 4. New London-Spicer vs.
Legion Baseball District 7, Division I Litchfield 7, Alexandria 6 Marshall 6, New London-Spicer 5, 10 inn. Willmar 16, Litchfield 1, 7 inn. District 7, Division II Glenwood 12, Wheaton 2 Fairfax 6, Montevideo 4 VFW Baseball New London-Spicer 4, Willmar II 3
The District 7, Division I American Legion Baseball Tournament starts today at Knute Nelson Field in Alexandria. No. 5 Litchfield plays No. 4 Alexandria at 10 a.m. followed at 1 p.m. by No. 2 New London-Spicer against No. 3 Marshall at 1 p.m. No. 1 Willmar plays the Litchfield/Alexandria winner at 4 p.m. followed by an elimination game at 7 p.m. Thee games are schedule for Friday leading to the championship at 1 p.m. Saturday. The district will advance one team to the state tournament Aug. 3-6 at Excelsior.
Montevideo will take a 12-game winning streak into today's 7:45 p.m. game with Fairfax in the District 7, Division II Legion Baseball Tournament in Montevideo. The winner gets an automatic berth into the Division II State Tournament. Montevideo, behind Jon Altena's complete-game win, upended Wheaton 6-1 in the opening round of the final four tournament on Tuesday while Fairfax blanked Glenwood 11-0 behind a 13-hit attack. Wheaton and Glenwood open today's action with an elimination game at 5:15 p.m.
BIRD ISLAND -- The Willmar Rails stayed alive in the Cornbelt South playoffs by taking Bird Island to extra innings, then beating the Islanders 9-8 in the 10th inning Wednesday. No other details of the game were available. A full report will run in Friday's paper. The win puts the Rails in the Cornbelt League final four against Raymond and two teams from the North Division next weekend. Willmar will face Raymond for the South's top seed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Raymond.
Legion Baseball DISTRICT 7, DIVISION I PLAYOFFS At Alexandria 1. Litchfield vs. Alexandria, 10 a.m. 2. New London-Spicer vs. Marshall, 1 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Willmar, 4 p.m. 4. Loser-1 vs. Loser-2, 7 p.m. DISTRICT 7, DIVISION II PLAYOFFS At Montevideo Loser's Bracket Glenwood vs. Wheaton, 5:15 p.m. Winner's Bracket Montevideo vs. Fairfax, 7:45 p.m. VFW Baseball DISTRICT 5 PLAYOFFS At Willmar Loser's Bracket Ortonville vs. Morris, 5 p.m. Willmar II vs. New London-Spicer, 8 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
Amateur Baseball Cornbelt South Playoffs Willmar 9, Bird Island 8, 10 innings
Six area boys and girls varsity basketball teams will compete in the Pacesetter MIT tournament this weekend at St. Cloud State University and the College of St. Benedict. In the boys division are Willmar, New London-Spicer and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. In the girls division are Willmar, New London-Spicer and Litchfield. Teams are broken up into four nine-team brackets for play on Saturday with a final four format on Sunday. For brackets and schedules, visit www.psmbbn.com .
After a three-week layoff, the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series resumes Saturday with the Town & Country Days 5k at Kerkhoven, the seventh of nine series events. Registration at the softball field opens at 7 a.m. with the start an hour later. The race carries a 50-point bonus in the standings. For information phone 320-264-2144.