ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar Post 167 gained the top spot in the American Legion District 7 (Division I) Baseball Tournament Thursday through Saturday at Knute Nelson Field. The tournament opens at 10 a.m. Thursday with No. 5 Litchfield challenging No. 4 seed Alexandria. At 1 p.m., No. 3 New London-Spicer takes on No. 2 Marshall. Willmar will play the winner of Litchfield-Alexandria at 4 p.m. A loser's bracket game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Three games are set for Friday leading to the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday. A second game will follow, if needed.
VFW Baseball District 5 playoffs Willmar I 20, Ortonville 1
Legion Baseball DISTRICT 7 PLAYOFFS Final Four at Montevideo Montevideo vs. Wheaton, 5:15 p.m. Fairfax vs. Glenwood, 7:45 p.m. VFW Baseball DISTRICT 5 PLAYOFFS Willmar II at Alexandria, 6 p.m.
Late result Sunday Cornbelt North New London-Spicer 6, Starbuck 2 Mike Mays struck out 11 and walked just one to lead New London-Spicer (11-7) in eight innings of work. He allowed just five hits. Josh French led the Twins' 13-hit attack with three. Scott Rambow followed with two hits and three RBI. Justin Pederson hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to account for all of Starbuck's runs.
District 7 Northwest Late result Saturday Morris 5, Wheaton 0 Chase Rambow limited the top seed to just three hits while striking out nine to lift Morris into the final. Morris 010 130 0 - 5 6 0 Wheaton 000 000 0 - 0 3 1 HITTING - Morris: Josh Griffith 1-for-3; Craig Knochenmus 1-for-2, rbi; Matt Wohlers 1-for-3, rbi; Andrew Loher 2-for-4; Tony Schultz 1-for-3, rbi ... Wheaton: Aaron Wilson 1-for-3; Reed Schmitz 1-for-2; Trent Frisch 1-for-3 PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris: Chase Rambow (W) 7-3-0-0-4-9 ...
WILLMAR -- Jordan Ray Smith drove in five runs in the first inning as Willmar VFW I belted Ortonville 20-1 on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Post 1639 won't play again until Friday when they meet the winner of Madison versus Morris at 5 p.m. at home. Willmar hosts the final eight Thursday through Sunday. Smith crashed a two-run triple off the center-field fence to drive in Logan Birkland and Jordan John Smith for a 2-0 lead.
RAYMOND -- Home runs from Kyle Knott and Tom DeBoer helped Raymond clinch a spot in the Region 15C playoffs as the Rockets stymied Bird Island 7-2 Sunday in the Cornbelt South playoffs. Knott got Raymond (26-10) on the board first with his solo home run in the first. Bird Island then tied it in the third when Gregg Helin's fielder's choice knocked in Andy Dollerschell. The Rockets answered with two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth on DeBoer's two-run shot. Bird Island cut the Rockets' lead to 5-2 in the eighth when Wade Dollerschell scored on an error.
WILLMAR -- For the second straight year an Anderson took home the top prize at the Eagle Creek Men's Stroke Play Club Championship. This time it was Jim Anderson who shot an even par 34-40-34-108 for a three shot victory over runner-up Jim Schammel. A year ago, Anderson's kid brother, Danny, won the tournament by shooting a 110, then besting Andy Jacobson in a playoff. Jacobson, the Lakeland champion, was at the MGA State Amateur Open, where he shot 76-73-75-224.
Three District 5 playoff games are scheduled for today at various sites. Unbeaten and top seed Willmar I hosts Ortonville, Morris is at Madison and Montevideo hosts New London-Spicer. All games start at 6 p.m. Willmar II is at Alexandria on Tuesday in the other quarterfinal-round game.
Montevideo was the only top seed to advance to the District 7, Division II Final Four which begins Tuesday in Montevideo. Montevideo, the No. 1 seed in the Southwest sub-section, topped Granite Falls 17-7 on Saturday, then edged Cottonwood 5-4 on Sunday. Glenwood, the No. 2 seed in the Northeast sub-section, upset top-seeded Kerkhoven. Fairfax, No. 2 in the Southwest, knocked off No. 1 MACCRAY. No report was available on the championship game in the Northwest between No. 1 Wheaton and No. 2 Morris.