Brett Olson, 10, of Olivia placed second at the Pepsi Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Championship Sunday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Olson qualified after placing first in his age group at a local competition June 3 in Veseli, Minn. The program, in its 10th year of existence, is designed to provide youth across North America with integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.
WILLMAR - The Willmar American Legion team opened their District 7 schedule on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium with a 17-1 victory over Eden Valley. Post 167 did all their scoring in the third and fourth innings to wipe out a 1-0 Eden Valley lead after two. Jeremy Elkjer pitched all five innings for Willmar. He gave up two singles. The Eden Valley run was unearned. The eight-run third started with a walk to Tom Seedorf followed by a Jason Otte single to right that was misplayed allowing Seedorf to take third and Otte to get to second. Kyle Birkland flied deep to center to bring in Seedorf.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation has cancelled its Setter, Hitter and Libero Volleyball Camp scheduled for June 14-15 at Roosevelt Elementary. Fees already paid will be refunded.
Schedules for all area American Legion baseball teams should be sent to the Tribune as soon as possible. There are still a few that have not sent their schedule in. Fax to 320-235-6769 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Minnesota Twins Bert Blyleven and Frank Quilici, as well as former major leaguers from Minnesota Mike Kingery and Dana Kiecker will be on hand June 29 when Fairfax host Twins Fun Night. Blyleven and Quilici will play that night for the Fairfax Cardinal amateur team, while Kingery and Kiecker will play for the Dundas Dukes. Many prizes will be given away throughout the night. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for autograph signing. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. The event will go on rain or shine.
SPICER - Brandon Larson slugged a three-run homer and Tri-Town scored eight runs in the fifth inning as the Black Sox outslugged New London-Spicer 15-13 in the Legion baseball opener for both squads Monday. New London-Spicer had taken a 5-0 lead behind run-scoring singles from Brian Pieh before Tri-Town scored six times in the third, highlighted by Larson's home run down the right-field line. New London-Spicer, who got four hits from Ben Kulset, then plated three more runs in the fourth before the Black Sox erupted in the fifth.
Legion Baseball BOLD at Litchfield, 6:30 p.m. Lowry vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 6:30 p.m. VFW Baseball Willmar I at Madison, 6:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Willmar II, 6:30 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA - The Willmar American Legion baseball team, under new coach Dave Oehrlein, split a pair of one-run games on Saturday at the Alexandria Invitational. Coon Rapids 2, Willmar 1 Willmar's run scored on a Tyler Horning sacrifice fly bringing in Jason Otte in the third. Coon Rapids tied it with an unearned run in the lower part of the inning and won it on a Joe Morissette RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
MANKATO - The Willmar VFW I team went 3-0 in its pool at the Mankato Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Because the tournament ran late, the game for the overall championship was canceled. Willmar 6, Lakeview 3 David Anderson received the victory while catcher Jordan John Smith had three hits along with shortstop/pitcher Jordan Ray Smith, who also had three RBI.
GRANITE FALLS - Veteran pitcher Curt Kvam shut Willmar down for seven innings and the Granite Falls Kilowatts went on to deflate Willmar 5-1 in the Cornbelt South League on Sunday afternoon at Richter Park. Kvam struck out 10 and his relief, Luke Berg, three more without issuing a pass. Willmar's got a spark when Steve Wetterling homered over the Richter Park wall in the eighth off Berg. The Kilowatts managed only five hits off three Willmar pitchers but took advantage of four walks, several wild pitches and four Willmar errors. Michael Hinde drove in two runs with a double and Jay Magnus