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LITTLE FALLS -- Callie Nelsen threw a four-hitter with 14 strikeouts as the Willmar Cardinals roughed up Little Falls 8-1 Thursday in Central Lakes Conference softball. Willmar remained just one game behind Brainerd in the Central Lakes Conference race. Randiann Sather went 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot for the Cardinals (5-2, 5-2). Andrea Brown had a pair of doubles in four trips, driving in two runs.
WILLMAR -- Through 10 games, the Willmar Cardinals have demonstrated a knack for white-knuckle endings. They had another Thursday against Little Falls at Bill Taunton Stadium where Kyle Townswick sped across the plate for the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 Central Lakes Conference win. Townswick drew a walk off Kyle Peterschick to open the lower half of the frame.
WILLMAR -- Marco Vazquez came up with the winning point for Willmar Thursday as the sophomore won a three-setter at 2-singles to help the Cardinals snap a four-match losing streak with a 4-3 victory over Fergus Falls in the Central Lakes Conference. Willmar (2-3, 6-4) swept all four singles matches with two going the distance. Making his varsity debut, freshman Jim Neis won 1-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) at 4-singles for the Cardinals. "We finally pulled out some close three-setters," said Willmar coach Loren Holter.
APPLETON -- BOLD placed two golfers in the top five to edge Benson/KMS by six strokes and tie for the overall lead in the second West Central South Conference meet of the season. Cole Neubauer of BOLD shot a 37 for medalist honors, followed by Montevideo's Thomas Ward at 38. Team scoring (1) BOLD 162 (2) Benson/KMS 169 (3) tie Montevideo, Yellow Medicine East 170 (5) Lac qui Parle Valley 177 (6) Morris 182 (7) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 196 Individual TOP FIVE - (1) Cole Neubauer, BOLD, 37 (2) Thomas Ward, Mon, 38 (3) tie Eric Hillesheim, BOLD; Chris Kollen, YME; Dylan Hempel, YME, 40 Ar
OLIVIA -- Benson/KMS won its second straight West Central South Conference meet Thursday as the Braves edged Lac qui Parle Valley by seven strokes. Christine Bendel of LQPV and Megan Bredeson of Yellow Medicine East tied for top round of 43. Team scoring (1) Benson/KMS 194 (2) Lac qui Parle Valley 201 (3) Yellow Medicine East 202 (4) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 223 (5) BOLD 236 (6) Montevideo 254 (7) Morris 265 Individual TOP FIVE - (1) tie, Christine Bendel, LQPV; and Megan Bredeson, YME; each 43 (3) Suzanne Maanum, BKMS, 44 (4) Kelly Jepma, BKMS, 49 (5) tie, Holly Erickson, BKMS; Morgan
MADISON -- The Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles strengthed their grip on the top rung with an 8-4 victory Thursday over Yellow Medicine East in West Central South Conference baseball. The Sting, who trailed LQPV by two games going in, dropped another notch to 3-3 and into a second-place tie with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The Eagles sprayed 14 hits. Eddie Massee went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and a single. Matt Enger single and doubled for three RBI and Tony Ludvigson singled and doubled twice. Ryan Sigdahl went the first five innings for the win, allowing four hits.
SACRED HEART -- Mitch Schwindt pitched a five-inning no-hitter and belted a grand-slam home run to lead Renville County West to a 19-0 non-conference rout over Dawson-Boyd Thursday. Schwindt struck out five and walked one for the win. Tyler Kleinhuizen also hit a grand slam among his three hits for RCW (2-4), which recorded 13 hits. Paul Peterson was 3-for-3 and Steven Jans 2-for-2. RCW 19, Dawson-Boyd 0 Dawson-Boyd (0-6) 000 00 - 0 0 3 RCW (2-4) 440 (11)x - 19 13 0 HITTING - Dawson-Boyd: none ....
MELROSE -- Paynesville forced a tie atop the West Central North Conference standings, terrorizing Melrose 15-3 in five innings Thursday. The Bulldogs (5-1, 7-1) got a three-run homer in the second inning from Cory Nietfeld and a grand slam from Jon Hemingson in the fifth. Nietfeld finished with four RBI and Hemingson, who had three hits, drove in five runs. Alex Naujokas also had three hits. It was the first conference loss for Melrose (4-1, 6-2). Paynesville broke the game open in the second, scoring six runs to sever a 2-2 tie.
MADISON -- Tiffany Volk scored on Amber Moen's single in the seventh inning to give Lac qui Parle Parle Valley a 4-3 win in the opening game of a West Central South Conference doubleheader with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Thursday. The Falcons used an 11-hit attack in the second game to win 9-6. Tiffany Schultz, Ashley Schmeling, Bethany Nelson and Stephanie Nelson all had two hits apiece in Game 2 for ACGC (2-4, 3-5). Moen went 3-for-4 and Beth Brustuen doubled in two runs in the opener for LQPV (4-2, 7-4). Game One LQPV 4, ACGC 3 LQPV 000 300 1 - 4 5 3 ACGC 003 000 0 - 3 4 2 HI
OLIVIA -- Tory Brouwer drove in six runs with a grand-slam home run and a triple Thursday to help MACCRAY upend former Two Twelve Conference rival BOLD 9-2 in a non-conference softball game. Brouwer found a gap in right-center to drive in Brandi Bodin, Brandy Woodring and Christine Condon with her home run in the fifth inning.