NEW LONDON -- Melrose scored three runs in the first three innings and made the lead stick, beating New London-Spicer 3-1 in West Central South softball Thursday. Becky Reimann's two-run single in the first put Melrose ahead for good. The Wildcats (0-2, 1-2) scored a run in the fifth on a Kelsey O'Fallon single. She finished with two hits and Whitney Herman had the other. Bridget Bergeson went the distance in the loss for NLS.
RAYMOND -- MACCRAY pitchers Justin Koenen and Zach Thissen teamed up on a two-hitter as the Wolverines blanked Renville County West 5-0 Tuesday in a Camden Conference game. Koenen went the first four innings, fanning six and walking one. Zach Thissen walked none and fanned two over three frames.
MADISON -- Ryan Sigdahl and Adam Paulson combined on a six-hitter and Justin Stamp keyed a five-run third inning with a two-run single to lead Lac qui Parle Valley to an 8-2 win over Morris in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday. It was the opener for LQPV after five postponed games. Sigdahl worked the first five innings, allowing six hits and both runs. He walked three and struck out four. Paulson hurled two hitless innings, striking out two. Matt Enger had two hits for LQPV.
Adam Kampsen, a junior infielder from Paynesville, was recently name the NSIC Player of the Week after hitting .571 in six games for Northern State University. He is leading the team in hitting (.419), doubles (10), home runs (4) and RBI (20) this season. Justin Downes, a senior pitcher/first baseman from Atwater, is hitting .293 and has three homers and 19 RBI. He is 4-4 pitching. Junior pitcher Brock Pashen of Morris and freshman infielder Jamie Paul of Paynesville are both starting for Northern State.
Alex Marcus, a Calvin College junior outfielder from Willmar, has been named Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Baseball Player of the Week. Marcus went 9-for-21 over the weekend with two homers, a double and six RBI as the Knights split a four-game series with Adrian College. Marcus is hitting .339 this season.
Emily Jensen, a freshman outfielder from Benson, hit a home run in the last of the sixth inning Sunday in Moorhead to give Concordia College a 4-3 win over Augsburg and a sweep of their doubleheader. Jensen went 2-for-5 in the doubleheader and is hitting .306 on the season with six RBI and no errors in 16 games played. Concordia is 8-10.
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater pitchers recorded two solid outings, but ended with a split decision to Dakota County in MCCC Southern Division baseball action Tuesday. The Warriors, behind a stellar performance from freshman Chad Willenbring, won the first game 5-1. Willenbring allowed just three hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two. "He threw well and hit his spots," said Ridgewater coach Dwight Kotila.
BRAINERD -- After three postponements, Willmar finally got on the baseball diamond Tuesday. But the Cardinals bowed 8-7 in nine innings to Brainerd in a Central Lakes Conference game. Willmar scored six runs in the sixth for a 6-4 lead and one in the top of the ninth for a 7-6 advantage. Each time, though, the Warriors rebounded. "It would have been nice to win the opener but I'm proud of the kids," said Willmar coach Brad Dean. "We hung in there. Our infield played solid.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville started the baseball season with a climactic, walk-off home run to beat Minnewaska 3-2 in eight innings Tuesday. Chuck Mackedanz won the game for the Bulldogs (1-0, 1-0) with his solo shot to left field to open up the bottom of the eighth. He led the team with three hits. The Lakers (0-1, 0-1) tied the game in the sixth inning.
BENSON -- Katie Rezink tossed a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts as Benson/Han cock blanked Montevideo 2-0 on Tuesday in the opener for both West Central South Conference teams. Jenny Noordman's hit a double for Benson/Hancock's first run in the sixth. The second run scored in the inning when Ashley Lindahl hit into a fielder's choice. Ashley Roder threw a five-hitter for the Thunder Hawks. Benson/Hancock 2, Montevideo 0 Montevideo (0-1, 0-1 000 000 0 -- 0 3 1 Bens./Han. (1-0, 1-0) ..000 002 x -- 2 5 0 HITTING - Montevideo: Brook Moseng 1-for-3, J. Hendrickson 2-for-3 ....