WILLMAR -- Ridgewater pitchers threw a two-hitter and one-hitter, respectively, in a pair of five-inning victories Friday over Dakota County in MCCC Southern Division softball. Lady Warriors hurler Laura Suter allowed just two hits in the first game, a 13-0 win. Angie Flaten followed up with a one-hit, 10-1 victory in the second game. Ashley Spanier powered Ridgewater's offense in the opener with two doubles and four RBI.
BENSON -- Benson drilled Redwood Valley 7-0 on Friday in non-conference tennis but the match was more closely contested than the final score might indicate. Steven James at 2-singles and Brett Johnson at 3-singles won tight matches. Ahren Bachman-Brandon Edlund were also pushed at 2-doubles by the Cardinals Brandon Arentson and Nick Ousky. Benson is 2-2. Benson 7, Redwood Valley 0 Singles (1) Daniel Fragodt, Ben, def. Cole Smith 6-2, 6-3 (2) Stevin James, Ben, def. Ian Larson 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) (3) Brett Johnston, Ben, def. Josh Lechner 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 (4) Ethan Ratliff-Crain, Ben, def.
Results Friday BOLD Dual At Olivia Josh Jacobs shot a 41 in BOLD's 22-stroke victory. Team scoring (1) BOLD 174 (2) RCW 196 Individual MEDALIST - Josh Jacobs, BOLD, 41 Area results BOLD - Josh Jacobs 41, Eric Hillesheim 42, Reid Neubauer 44, Jay Lippert 47, Brett Steffel 47 RENVILLE COUNTY WEST - Kier Kienholz 47, Evan Engstrom 49, Ryan Marcus 51, Travis Holm 52 Dawson-Boyd Tri At Dawson Jake Baldwin shot a 39 and led Dawson-Boyd to the win.
NEW LONDON -- Defending Class A champion Minnewaska easily defended its New London-Spicer Invitational title Friday after having the medalist and its next three golfers place in the top 10. Freshman Sarah Roering shot a 38 on the front nine and a 41 on the back at Little Crow Country Club to tally a first-place round of 79.
GLENWOOD -- Andy Toop drove in six runs with a two-run double in the first inning, a three-run homer in the second inning and a solo homer in the fourth Thursday to power Minnewaska to a 10-3 West Central North Conference victory over Sauk Centre. Ira Ammend and Cass Kreitlow added two hits each for the Lakers (1-1, 1-1). Kreitlow went the distance for the win.
GRANITE FALLS -- Taylor Tollefson earned a complete-game victory and collected three hits at the plate Thursday to help Yellow Medicine East drub Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 13-3 in five innings in a West Central South Conference baseball game. The 10-run rule was invoked after Tollefson doubled off the wall to lead off the fifth and Shawn Neu singled up the middle to score pinch-runner Tyler Sand. Tollefson surrendered six hits and struck out five on the mound.
The New London-Spicer girls' golf team will host a 16-team meet today at Little Crow Country Club. Area teams besides New London-Spicer will be Paynesville, Litchfield, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Benson/KMS, Minnewaska and Buffalo Lake-Hector. The meet is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
The KRA Speedway will be holding a test-and-tune day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 28 for interested racers this season. Cleanup on the track grounds will also be done during the day. Call 320-212-8503 for more information. The track's season opener is May 3.
The two-day Willmar/Litchfield Boys Golf Tournament begins at 1 p.m. today with 18 teams at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. Bloomington Jefferson is the defending champion. Litchfield finished second last year and Willmar was fourth. Defending champion Cameron Fenrich of Litchifeld graduated. Willmar's Derek Hilding, the runner-up last year, is back.
ST. CLOUD -- For the second straight game, Willmar couldn't hold a lead in the late innings, this time falling to St. Cloud Apollo 4-3 on Thursday. The Eagles scored three runs -- two unearned -- in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 3-1 Willmar edge. The Cardinals lost by the same score to Brainerd on Tuesday when the Warriors scored twice in the seventh. "Same story," said Brent Pederson, Willmar's first year head coach. "We play six good inning or five good innings this time and then came apart. But give Apollo credit.