ST. CLOUD -- For the second straight game, Willmar couldn't hold a lead in the late innings, this time falling to St. Cloud Apollo 4-3 on Thursday. The Eagles scored three runs -- two unearned -- in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 3-1 Willmar edge. The Cardinals lost by the same score to Brainerd on Tuesday when the Warriors scored twice in the seventh. "Same story," said Brent Pederson, Willmar's first year head coach. "We play six good inning or five good innings this time and then came apart. But give Apollo credit.
WILLMAR -- One inning determined Willmar's fate at home against St. Cloud Apollo in Central Lakes Conference baseball action Thursday. The Eagles scored eight runs -- four earned -- in the fifth inning, erasing a 4-0 Cardinal advantage and went on to hand Willmar an 8-7 loss. Willmar (0-2, 0-2) had a chance to score the tying run in the seventh inning, but the Cardinals botched a suicide squeeze play with one out and then struck out to end the game. Everything was going right for the Cardinals to start the game.
WILLMAR -- Even though she'd crossed the finish line first at the Hodapp Field track, Breanna Fernholz wasn't pleased with her time in the 100-meter dash. She'd won in 12.97, a half-second more than her first-place time a year ago. "That was a good time," yelled her coach Jerry Popp. "You were going into the wind. Watch the boys, their times will only be in the high 11s." Sure enough, pushing into the southeast win Otis Morris of St.
KERKHOVEN -- Chris Braaten drove in two runs with two hits and didn't allow an earned run in his complete-game win as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg remained unbeaten by edging Dawson-Boyd 3-2 in the Camden North Conference Thursday. Braaten fanned seven and gave up just two hits on the mound while driving in Justin Johnson with a single in the first and a triple in the third.
BENSON -- Katie Razink threw a two-hit shutout as Benson/Hancock blanked Morris 10-0 in six innings Thursday in West Central South softball action. Razink, who hasn't allowed a run in the first two games of the season, struck out nine and walked two. Benson/-Hancock scor-ed eight runs between the second and third innings, helped along by two wind-aided home runs. Ashley Lindahl poked a two-run shot in the second inning and Keri Mikkelson added a solo shot in the third. Britta Fennell also came up with some big hits, driving in two runs in each inning. She finished with two hits.
Prep Baseball SC Apollo 8, Willmar 7 YME 13, ACGC 3 LQPV 10, BOLD 2 Montevideo 8, Benson 2 Minnewaska 10, Sauk Centre 3 Albany 7, Paynesville 2 KMS 3, Dawson-Boyd 2 BBE 12, Rockford 0 New Ulm Cathedral 15, Buffalo Lake-Hector 5 Prep Softball SC Apollo 4, Willmar 3 Benson/Hancock 10, Morris Area 0 Montevideo 7, YME 1 ACGC 18, BOLD 10 Melrose 3, NL-Spicer 1 Sauk Centre 8, Paynesville 7 Minnewaska 3, St.
Prep Baseball NON-CONFERENCE Benson at Minnewaska, 5 p.m. Cedar Mountain vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 4:30 p.m. Litchfield at Kimball, 4:30 p.m. Morris Invite (MACCRAY, Pelican Rapids, Sauk Centre), 5 p.m. Eden Valley-Watkins at Paynesville, 4:30 p.m. CAMDEN Renville County West vs.
MACCRAY Invite (At Clara City) -- Dan Johnson won the 100-meter dash (12.37), long jump (20-3) and triple jump (42-0) and placed second in the 400-meter dash (53.57) to help Yellow Medicine East win the boys title Thursday. The Benson/KMS girls edged Paynesville by 14 points to win the girls crown. The Braves won only three events -- Kendra Mooberry in the 300-meter hurdles, the 800-meter relay and Bre Lohn in the high jump -- but had eight other top-three finishes. Complete results will appear in Saturday's edition.
OLIVIA -- Benson/KMS placed its top four golfers in the top seven en route to winning the West Central South Conference opener by 13 shots over runner-up Montevideo.
MONTEVIDEO -- Megan Bredeson shot a match low 86 to win medalist honors, but her Yellow Medicine East team was no match for Marshall at the Montevideo girls golf Invite Thursday. Bredeson ran away with the individual title, five strokes better than Marshall's Kristi Ziegenhagen.