WILLMAR -- Steve Wetterling went 3-for-4 and knocked in a pair of runs as the Willmar Rails pelted Paynesville 7-1 Sunday evening in Cornbelt League baseball. Wetterling doubled in the Rails' four-run third inning against Ryan Hess. The base hit brought in Matt Sagedahl, who had walked, and Zach Horning, who singled. Wetterling later singled in the fifth and again in the eighth. He also walked and reached on an error and finished with three runs scored. That was more than enough for Jordan Olson, who checked the Pirates on four hits and 11 strikeouts over the first six innings.
BENSON -- Unbeaten Kerkhoven didn't give up a run in two games on Sunday en route to winning the Benson Wooden Bat Tournament. Only two of the scheduled five games were played on Saturday, including Kerkhoven's 7-3 win over Benson, because of rain. Kerkhoven shut out Madison 9-0 in its other pool-play game before blanking Tri-Town 6-0 in the championship. Kerkhoven went 7-0 last week to improve to 9-0 on the season.
HUTCHINSON -- The Willmar 16U softball team won its second straight tournament, going 5-0 to capture the Hutchinson Invitational title this past weekend with a 2-1 win over Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial in the championship. In pool play on Saturday, Willmar (11-0) defeated Holy Angels 8-0 in its opener with Heather Thoma pitching a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and Allie Sweep and Emily Klein getting two hits each. Willmar then upended Cold Spring 4-3 with Hanna Pederson tossing a four-hitter with 12 strikeouts and Sweep again getting two hits. In its third game on Saturday, Willmar cli
Legion Baseball Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Willmar, 6:30 p.m. Litchfield at New London-Spicer, 6 p.m. BOLD at Tri-Town, 6:30 p.m. Kerkhoven vs. Eden Valley at Watkins, 6:30 p.m. Morris at Glenwood, 6:30 p.m. Paynesville at Holdingford, 6:30 p.m. Wheaton at Benson, 6:30 p.m. Granite Falls at Madison, 7 p.m. Marshall at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. Minneota at Montevideo, 7 p.m.
Amateur Baseball Willmar 7, Paynesville 1 Bird Island 6, Granite Falls 2 Raymond 9, NL-Sunburg 6 Atwater 1, Starbuck 0 NL-Spicer 6, Sacred Heart 1 Winsted 3, Atwater 2 NL-Spicer 15, Clarissa 7 Legion Baseball St.
Chad Akerson of Willmar recorded his second career hole-in-one Thursday at Willmar's Eagle Creek Golf Club. Akerson, an assistant boys hockey coach at Willmar, used a driver to ace the par-4 No. 11 from 258 yards out, a double eagle. It was Akerson's first swing of the night as he was competing in a scramble. It was the second ace of the season at Eagle Creek.
Sara Ackman of Grove City finished seventh in the discus throw at the USA Junior Track and Field Championships Friday in Indianapolis. Ackman, a member of the South Dakota State University track and field team, placed sixth in her flight before finishing seventh in the finals with a toss of 148-7. Emily Pendleton easily won the event with a toss of 170-6, nearly 11 feet better than the second-place finisher.
ST. CLOUD -- Despite a strained hamstring, Willmar's Matt Roisum pitched a two-hit shutout and led Post 167 to a 3-0 win over Monticello at the St. Cloud Invitational Friday at Joe Faber Field. Willmar will face Elk River at 9 a.m. today, then will play at 5:30 p.m. if they lose and 8 p.m. if they win. Roisum drove in the game's first run with an RBI double in the first inning, but hurt himself on the run to second base. He was pinch run for and then pinch hit for later in the game. But it didn't affect his poise on the mound.
Everyone can help wildlife by improving habitat for our furry or feathered forest friends whether a person lives on a farm or in an apartment. A farm, ranch, or acreage lends itself to more diversity in wildlife, but even an apartment dweller can attract birds with feeders and nesting boxes. My wife and I spend a lot of time watching birds and animals that have decided to make a home in the areas we have provided.
MURDOCK -- Clean up the River Environment is leading a canoe and kayak trip on the eastern branch of the Chippewa River today. The trip will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a start at the Falk Seed Farm. The event is free and open to the public and is designed to increase public appreciation for the rivers and natural areas in the Upper Minnesota River region. This is a family friendly event, and participants are free to come, go or stay as they please.