WILLMAR -- The Willmar I VFW team exploded in the middle innings to overtake Ortonville 11-5 Friday. Willmar broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fourth with four runs, then added three more in the fifth. Ortonville committed two errors in the fourth and J.R. Smith it an RBI triple in the rally. Ben Ruter had two hits for Willmar and drove in two runs. J.J. Smith had three sacrifices and drove in three runs. J.R. Smith also picked up the win in relief.
KERKHOVEN -- Jared Johnson and Jason Fernholz both collected three hits and three pitchers combined to stymie Willmar as Kerkhoven upended Post 167 4-1 Thursday to remain unbeaten with an 11-0 record. Kerkhoven starter Grant Johnson surrendered three singles and an unearned run without giving up a walk in four innings to earn the victory.
The Prairie Fest 5K Run/Walk is set for 8 a.m. July 8 at Clara City. Registration is from 7:15-7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of MACCRAY High School. The cost if $15 and there are six age divisions. For more information, phone LeAnn Nord at 320-847-3466. Pre-registration is preferred. Send checks to Jaycee Prairie Fest 5K, P.O. Box 184, Clara City MN 56222.
The final two days of the VFW state baseball tournament (Aug. 3-6) will be held at the Metrodome, it was announced on Tuesday at the Willmar I versus Willmar II game at Bill Taunton Stadium. Games the first two days of the 10-team event will be played at fields in Brooklyn Park.
The American Legion Division II state tournament returns to Willmar Aug. 5-6. The eight-team tournament with a consolation bracket was last held here in 2001. Local chairman Tom Phillips said the Legion state baseball committee favors Willmar because of its two diamonds one block apart and community support. Willmar was also the host site three times in the 1990s.
RAYMOND -- Justin Koenen started MACCRAY on the right track in the first inning, then rode a huge lead to a 10-4 win over Sacred Heart in American Legion baseball action Thursday. Koenen smacked a leadoff home run to start the bottom of the first, which highlighted a five-run inning. Koenen also pitched the first six innings for the Scarlets (6-3). He allowed 10 hits, struck out seven and walked two. Zach Thissen was responsible for all three MACCRAY runs in the third with a home run, which gave the Scarlets a 9-3 lead. He finished with a team-high four RBI. T.J.
Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Bird Island at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Granite Falls at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart at Starbuck, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Greenwald at Regal, 6:30 p.m. Norway Lake-Sunburg at Dassel-Cokato, 7:30 p.m. Winsted at Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. Legion Baseball Litchfield vs. Oakdale at Delano Invite, 5 p.m. New London-Spicer at Fergus Falls Invite VFW Baseball Ortonville at Willmar I, 6 p.m.
Legion Baseball MACCRAY 10, Sacred Heart 4 Tri-Town 10, Litchfield 5 NL-Spicer 9, BOLD 7 Morris 15, Benson 8 Montevideo 4, Milroy 2 Kerkhoven 4, Willmar 1
The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team puts its 12-0 record on the line today when it plays host to Willmar (8-3) at the field in Kerkhoven at 6:30 p.m. Both are District 7 clubs, but Willmar is a Division I team while Kerkhoven is in Division II for postseason play.
Tim Knapper, the current girls' basketball and baseball coach at Yellow Medicine East, will be replacing Dave Brokke as the school's activities director. Brokke was the school's director of activities for 28 years before retiring this spring.