WILLMAR -- Ten days earlier, Willmar edged Monticello by one point. On Friday the outcome was the same as Willmar opened the Section 8AA-South playoffs with a 4-3 win over the Magic. Both teams had the same lineup as the earlier meeting and five of the seven matches featured the same winners from May 9.
PAYNESVILLE -- Karissa Utsch collected the winning hit for Paynesville with a two-run double in the third inning as the Bulldogs fended off Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3-2 in a non-conference game Friday. Ashley Schmeling scored in the first inning on an error to give ACGC (5-12) a quick 1-0 lead before Paynesville (12-8) answered in the bottom half of the frame when Jess Engler hit a fielder's choice that brought in Laura Schaefer. Engler worked all seven innings, striking out six and surrendering nine hits to pick up the win. ACGC had the bases loaded in the seventh with only one out, but P
KERKHOVEN -- Errors proved costly for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in a 8-6 loss to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in a Camden Conference game on Friday. The Panthers scored two unearned runs in the the top of the seventh to move in front of the Saints, 6-5. Paul Carlson's third hit of the game singled in the go-ahead run for TMB. But KMS tied it 6-6 when Jason Fernholz drove a Derek Daniels' fastball over the right-field fence leading off the lower half of the seventh. But TMB got two more runs -- both unearned -- in the first extra inning. The runs scored on a sacrifice fly and a Matt Bauer single.
The Willmar Rails will host Raymond at 1:30 pm. Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium in a Cornbelt League game. The Rails were rained out of their season opener against Atwater last weekend.
The Ridgewater College Warriors (30-8) meet Gloucester County (N.J.) College (39-11) in a rematch of the 2005 NJCAA Division III baseball championship game at 11 a.m. (CDT) today at Glens Falls, N.Y. Gloucester beat Ridgewater twice in last year's six-day tournament at which the Warriors won their four other games. The Warriors are appearing in their fourth World Series since 2002.
ROCHESTER -- Ridgewater became the highest-finishing Minnesota junior college softball team in the NJCAA Division III tournament with a true fourth-place finish after posting a 1-1 record on the second day of the national tournament Friday. The Lady Warriors beat MCCC rival Central Lakes 5-1 in the morning consolation bracket game, but then lost to Anne Arundel (Md.) 8-0 to end their tournament run. "We'd like to keep winning, but we improved on last year.
BENSON -- Andrea Brown and Allie Sweep had two doubles apiece and Callie Nelsen struck out eight in four innings of work as Willmar beat Benson/Hancock 8-1 Friday in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. The Cardinals (14-3) plated all of their runs in the first three innings of the non-conference game to stake Nelsen to a comfortable 8-1 lead. Laura Nielsen singled up the middle to bring in Randiann Sather with the game's first run before Sweep doubled off the fence in left field to knock in Nielsen.
NEW LONDON -- Litchfield's Cameron Fenrich shot a 71 to win the New London-Spicer Invitational at Little Crow Country Club Friday. Fenrich beat his nearest competitor, Kyle Bahe of Annandale, by four strokes. Albany won the team title with a 317, followed by Sauk Rapids and Annandale at 318. Minnewaska was the lowest area team, posting a 322.
Results Friday West Central South Game One ACGC 9, BOLD 8 The Falcons took a 9-1 lead by the start of the fifth inning, but the Warriors scored seven runs in the last three frames in a comeback attempt. Justin Schroeder had two hits, including a triple, to lead ACGC. Josh Cunningham and Adam Schmeling also had two hits each. Stephen Engelmann led BOLD with two doubles in his three hits.
Prep Baseball ACGC 9, BOLD 8 BOLD 14, ACGC 9 HLWW 3, Litchfield 0 BBE 5, Sauk Centre 0 TMB 8, KMS 6 YME 5, MACCRAY 3 Morris 7, Benson 2 College Softball Ridgewater 5, Central Lakes 1 Anne Arundel 8, Ridgewater 0 Prep Softball Willmar 8, Benson/Han.