BENSON -- It was a long weekend for Raymond and the Rockets ran out of gas at the end of the Region 9C amateur baseball tournament. Raymond (31-12) will still advance to the state tournament on Saturday, despite a 4-1 loss to Clinton in the championship on Sunday as the top two teams qualify. Raymond topped Dumont 5-0 on Saturday behind Tom DeBoer's six-hitter. But the Rockets were only able to get only two innings in against Willmar in the next game before the rains came and postponed the game until Sunday. Raymond went on to beat Willmar 2-1 on Sunday.
Having heard in the past that catfish were not good to eat if caught in late summer, I was a bit skeptical when Damon and Craig wanted to go after them the other night. It has been so hot; fishing during the daytime was out of the question for all but the most dedicated or crazy fishermen. When the temperature was still near 100 degrees at 6 p.m. Friday, I voted for having hotdogs or anything but freshly caught fish, especially if I had to catch them. The guys ran a line from a tree, suspended a half-dozen hooks baited with chicken liver, and tied on a 20-pound weight to the other end.
Events/competitions Lifeguard Training -- Willmar Community Education & Recreation will hold Lifeguard Training Sept. 1-4 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. each day. This class is for lifeguards wanting to further their basic training. Learn how to teach others the basics of swimming and water safety. Must be at least 16 years old to attend. For more information, call 321-8492. Little Crow Archers -- The Little Crow Archery Club will have a Hunting Season Warm-Up Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20 at the outdoor range near Sunburg. The warm-up runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. both days.
VIROQUA, Wis. -- A seven-run inning for Kansas City knocked Montevideo out of the Midwest National Division II Legion Baseball tournament Friday. A day after losing to Langdon, N.D., in a 9-8 heartbreaker, Post 59 fell into an 11-0 hole after 4½ innings, a deficit too large to overcome. Kansas City (33-9) scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings, then walloped Montevideo starting pitcher Tyler Kanten for seven runs in the fourth. Montevideo (20-8) followed it with a big inning, plating five runs.
The final push for a berth into the state Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament begins today in the Region 9C tournament at Benson. In the first game, Willmar will face host Benson at 1:30 p.m. and Raymond will play Dumont at 4:30 p.m. The winners will meet at 7:30 p.m., with the winner earning the second spot in the state tournament. The victor of the 7:30 p.m. game will play Clinton at 2 p.m. Sunday for the region title.
Willmar native Marilyn Lovander improved her score by four strokes Friday, but it wasn't enough to make the cut at the LPGA Tour's Canadian Open in London, Ontario. Lovander, who shot a 77 on Thursday, shot a one-over-par 73 Friday, recording three birdies and four bogeys. She missed the cut by one stroke.
Whatever momentum New London native Aaron Barber had from his even-par 70 at the Nationwide Tour's Xerox Classic Thursday was lost after posting a seven-over-par 77 Friday at Irondequoit Country Club in Rochester, New York. Barber missed the cut by six strokes.
Former American League Cy Young Award winner and 1985 World Series MVP Bret Saberhagen has been coaching first base for the Alexandria Beetles in the Northwoods League for the past four days. Saberhagen's son, Drew, plays for the Beetles. Bret came to Alexandria to stay for a week so he could watch his son play. Saberhagen pitched 16 season in the major leagues. He won Cy Young Awards in 1985 and '89 with the Kansas City Royals.
Saturday Amateur Baseball REGION 9C TOURNAMENT At Benson 1. Willmar vs. Benson, 1:30 p.m. 2. Raymond vs. Dumont, 4:30 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Winner-2, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Amateur Baseball REGION 9C TOURNAMENT At Benson Winner-3 vs. Clinton, 2 p.m. (second game to follow, if necessary) Fitness Green Lake Triathlon (start and finish at Saulsbury Beach, Spicer), 8 a.m.
Legion Baseball Midwest National Division II tournament Kansas City 11, Montevideo 7