Montevideo will take a 12-game winning streak into today's 7:45 p.m. game with Fairfax in the District 7, Division II Legion Baseball Tournament in Montevideo. The winner gets an automatic berth into the Division II State Tournament. Montevideo, behind Jon Altena's complete-game win, upended Wheaton 6-1 in the opening round of the final four tournament on Tuesday while Fairfax blanked Glenwood 11-0 behind a 13-hit attack. Wheaton and Glenwood open today's action with an elimination game at 5:15 p.m.
BIRD ISLAND -- The Willmar Rails stayed alive in the Cornbelt South playoffs by taking Bird Island to extra innings, then beating the Islanders 9-8 in the 10th inning Wednesday. No other details of the game were available. A full report will run in Friday's paper. The win puts the Rails in the Cornbelt League final four against Raymond and two teams from the North Division next weekend. Willmar will face Raymond for the South's top seed at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Raymond.
Legion Baseball DISTRICT 7, DIVISION I PLAYOFFS At Alexandria 1. Litchfield vs. Alexandria, 10 a.m. 2. New London-Spicer vs. Marshall, 1 p.m. 3. Winner-1 vs. Willmar, 4 p.m. 4. Loser-1 vs. Loser-2, 7 p.m. DISTRICT 7, DIVISION II PLAYOFFS At Montevideo Loser's Bracket Glenwood vs. Wheaton, 5:15 p.m. Winner's Bracket Montevideo vs. Fairfax, 7:45 p.m. VFW Baseball DISTRICT 5 PLAYOFFS At Willmar Loser's Bracket Ortonville vs. Morris, 5 p.m. Willmar II vs. New London-Spicer, 8 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
Amateur Baseball Cornbelt South Playoffs Willmar 9, Bird Island 8, 10 innings
Six area boys and girls varsity basketball teams will compete in the Pacesetter MIT tournament this weekend at St. Cloud State University and the College of St. Benedict. In the boys division are Willmar, New London-Spicer and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. In the girls division are Willmar, New London-Spicer and Litchfield. Teams are broken up into four nine-team brackets for play on Saturday with a final four format on Sunday. For brackets and schedules, visit www.psmbbn.com .
After a three-week layoff, the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series resumes Saturday with the Town & Country Days 5k at Kerkhoven, the seventh of nine series events. Registration at the softball field opens at 7 a.m. with the start an hour later. The race carries a 50-point bonus in the standings. For information phone 320-264-2144.
The Kandiyohi Racing Association has set Sept. 30 for the Third Annual KRA Demolition Derby at the fairground's grandstand in Willmar. The Saturday event will start at 5 p.m. For information phone Paul Thompson at 320-796-2950.
MONTEVIDEO -- Jon Altena surrendered just three singles without issuing a walk in a complete-game outing to ignite Montevideo's 6-1 win over Wheaton in the opener of the District 7, Division II Final Four Legion baseball tournament Tuesday. Montevideo, which improved its impressive winning streak to 12 games, will play Thursday at 7:45 p.m. against either Glenwood or Fairfax back in Montevideo. Wheaton drops into the loser's bracket and will play Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Altena hurled six shutout innings before Wheaton scored in the bottom of the seventh.
ALEXANDRIA -- Ryan Goracikowski struck out nine without issuing a walk and limited Willmar II to four hits as Alexandria blanked Post 1639 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the District 5 VFW baseball tournament Tuesday. The loss drops Willmar II into the loser's bracket, where it will play New London-Spicer Thursday at 8 p.m. in Willmar. Only Casey Sussenguth in the second inning and Tyler Brower in the third advanced to third base as Goracikowski notched a strikeout in every inning but the seventh. Travis Koenen doubled to lead off the seventh for Willmar II's only extra-base hit.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar 16U softball team took advantage of five MACCRAY errors in a 12-4 win to end the season Tuesday. Willmar (18-3) led 7-4 through five innings, then scored five runs in the sixth for the final margin. Sara Freed went the distance for the win. She held MACCRAY to four hits, struck out eight and walked one. All four runs she allowed were unearned. Brittany Hastad and Chelsey Wierschem had two hits each.