SUNBURG -- Paul Gjerde's two-run double highlighted a six-run third inning as Norway Lake-Sunburg routed Paynesville 11-2 in the Cornbelt League opener on Sunday. Norway Lake-Sunburg had only six hits, but utilized six Paynesville errors and eight walks. Chad Searcy had two of the Lakers' hits. Keegan Meag-her was 2-for-3 for Paynesville. NL-Sunburg 11, Paynesville 2 Paynesville (0-1) 100 001 000 -- 2 5 6 NL-Sunburg (1-0) 006 320 00x -- 11 6 2 HITTING - Paynesville: Alex Naujokas 1-for-5; Ryan Hess 1-for-4; Adam Miller 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Keegan Meagher 2-for-3 ....
The amateur baseball Cornbelt League opens the season Sunday with three games scheduled. Paynesville will play at Norway Lake-Sunburg, New London-Spicer plays at Regal and Starbuck is at Atwater. All games begin at 1:30 p.m. In a non-league game, Raymond plays at Appleton at 2 p.m. in its season opener.
The Willmar Cardinals softball team will compete in a round-robin tournament today in Monticello beginning at 11 a.m. Willmar (3-3), which has won its last three games, will play Hermentown at 11 a.m., Esko at 12:30 p.m. and Monticello at 2 p.m.
Emily Jensen, a freshman outfielder from Benson, hit her second game-winning home run in eight days on Monday when her walk-off homer helped the Concordia Cobbers fastpitch team beat Northland (Wis.) College 4-2 in Moorhead. Jensen, who is hitting .267, hit a game-winning homer in the sixth inning against Augsburg on April 15.
Tyler Horning, a Ridgewater College second baseman from Willmar, was named Minnesota Community College Conference Southern Division Player of the Week after he went 12-for-23 (four homers, 11 RBI) to help the Warriors win seven of eight games. The freshman is hitting .410 this season.
REGAL -- Andy Toop hurled a one-hit shutout and Ira Ammend slugged a home run as Minnewaska blanked New London-Spicer 2-0 Friday in the West Central North Conference. The Wildcats' only hit was Sam Steffl's bunt single with two out in the fifth inning as Toop struck out five and issued three walks. Two errors, after Cam Lommen led off the third inning with a single for Minnewaska, (4-1, 5-1) allowed the Lakers to take a 1-0 lead. Ammend added insurance in the fifth inning when he launched a solo home run to left field. Otherwise, Ethan Illies kept the Wildcats (0-6, 0-6) in the game as the
ST. CLOUD -- Mike Riewer was one strike away from throwing a perfect game, but still finished with a no-hitter in an 8-0 triumph over Itasca in the second game of a non-division doubleheader Friday. Ridgewater won the opener 9-6, utilizing a five-run sixth inning. The Warriors, who now stand 29-3 on the season, will play Dakota County in a doubleheader Sunday in Burnsville. Riewer, a freshman from Bertha-Hewitt, was one out away from a perfect game and had a 3-2 count on the 21st batter before issuing a walk. He got the next batter to complete his no-hitter.
BELGRADE -- Breyent Beckman doubled twice and shut down the Jaguars on four hits over five innings as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg riddled Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 13-2 in a non-conference baseball game on Friday. Beckman, Kyle Syverson and Taylor Freetly had three hits apiece and Chris Braaten lashed a two-run homer, all part of a 17 hits off four Jaguar pitchers. Josh Roelike got two hits for BBE. Jordan Beier took the loss, pitching into the fifth inning.
WILLMAR -- Another two games, more of the same results as the Ridgewater softball team stayed undefeated in MCCC Southern Division action with a doubleheader sweep of Riverland Friday. The Lady Warriors (16-0, 18-2) beat Riverland by scores of 11-0 and 9-1. Neither game went the full seven innings as the Lady Warriors invoked the 10-run rule each time. Kristen Hegna, Laura Suter and Heather Hammond had three hits each in the two games to lead Ridgewater.
PAYNESVILLE -- Two homers in the sixth inning of the nightcap boosted the Paynesville Bulldogs to a 7-2 win and a split of their doubleheader with West Central North rival Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Friday. LPGE took the opener 9-2 behind a 10-hit offense. First game LPGE 9, Paynesville 2 The Thunder's Heather Bodle ripped three doubles that pushed across three runs and Hannah Palzer also had three hits for two RBI. Laura Schaefer singled and doubled for two of Paynesville's six hits off winning picher Rosalie Miller. LPGE 200 031 3 -- 9 10 0 Paynesville 001 000 1 -- 2 6 4 H