GRANITE FALLS -- Junior Ryan Sigdahl threw a three-hit shutout and drove in the only run he would need in the third inning with a sacrifice fly to spark Lac qui Parle Valley to a 2-0 victory over BOLD in the Section 3AA winner's bracket on Wednesday. Sigdahl is the only pitcher to shut out the Warriors, who had never scored fewer than three runs in any of their 20 previous games. He sat down the first 11 Warriors in order and finished with nine strikeouts.
The Willmar Cardinals play Alexandria at 5 p.m. today in the first game of the best-of-three series to determine the Section 8AAA fastpitch champion. Willmar beat Alexandria 4-0 on April 13 and 3-1 on May 11. The series moves to Willmar on Friday with a 3 p.m. start. A second game will follow, if needed. Willmar is a three-time defending champion.
The Willmar Fest men's slow-pitch softball tournament will be held June 24-25 at the Swansson Softball Complex in Willmar. The entry fee is $120 with a maximum of 24 teams. Hit your own ball. For more information, call Eric Banks at home 320-235-6315 or at work 320-235-1328.
Three area golfers have qualified for the boys Class A state meet after top-five finishes during the Section 5A tournament on Tuesday at Rich Spring Golf Course in Cold Spring. Nate Carlson of New-London-Spicer tied for medalist by shooting a 73. Mike Dvorak of Litchfield tied for third, shooting a 76, and Tim Dreier of NLS advances after firing a 77 to tied for fifth in the individual qualifing. The St. Cloud Cathedral boys (310) and the Albany girls (356) were team champions.
The Willmar Cardinals hosts New Ulm at 5 pm. today in a Section 2AAA elimination baseball game.
EDEN VALLEY -- Litchfield and Paynesville will meet in the Section 5AA semifinals today after winning games Wednesday in the Subsection 5AA-20 tournament. The Dragons, who had played in Class AAA since 1997, blanked New London-Spicer 10-0 in Eden Valley. The Bulldogs did the same to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 9-0. The semifinal game begins at 7 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Jared Johnson's three-run triple Wednesday in the bottom of the sixth inning was the big hit in a seven-run inning as the Fighting Saints marched on in the Section 3A winner's bracket with a 12-5 rout of Lakeview. KMS (15-3) will now play either Adrian or Southwest United at 11 a.m.
Prep Baseball Section 2AAA Loser's Bracket New Ulm at Willmar, 5 p.m. Orono at Worthington Section 5AA-20 Championship at Howard Lake Litchfield vs. Paynesville, 7 p.m. Section 6AA-19 Championship at Morris Morris vs. Breckenridge, 7 p.m. Section 6A At Fergus Falls Brandon-Evansville vs. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross, 2 p.m. Hancock vs. Chokio-Alberta, 4:30 p.m. Winners, 7 p.m. Softball Section 8AAA Championship (best-of-3) Game 1: Willmar at Alexandria, 5 p.m. Section 3AA Championship at Redwood Falls Benson/Hancock vs.
Prep Baseball Section 6AA-19 Morris 4, Staples-Motley 1 Section 5AA-20 Paynesville 9, ACGC 0 Litchfield 10, NL-Spicer 0 Section 3AA LQPV 2, BOLD 0 Montevideo 4, MACCRAY 3 Section 3A KMS 12, Lakeview 5 RCW 2, Ortonville 1 Amateur Baseball Atwater 6, Raymond 5 Bird Island 9, Granite Falls 4 New London-Spicer 6, Willmar 2
FERGUS FALLS -- Sparked by Evan Peters' first-place finish, Minnewaska won the Section 6A tournament by 18 shots over defending champion Perham Tuesday to return to the state tournament. The Lakers will be making their third trip to state after carding a 302. Evan Peters fired a two-under 70, while his younger cousin, Pierce Peters, tied for third at 73. Ben Henke tied for ninth at 77 and Ryan Kollman tied for 19th at 82. Morris senior Max Martin placed fifth at 74 to also qualify for the Class A State Tournament, which begins June 7 at 8:35 a.m.