LITCHFIELD -- Hitting dominated Litchfield's amateur baseball season opener Sunday. The Blues and Kimball recorded a total of 25 hits, but Litchfield lost 12-9. As much as the bats were smacking around balls, there were plenty of walks going around, also. Kimball pitchers issued 10 walks, while Blues hurlers gave up nine. Kimball took a 2-1 lead in the third inning, then added another run in the top of the fifth.
PINE CITY -- Litchfield grabbed one championship and two third-place finishes at the Art Nelson Invitational Saturday. Brian Ward, the Dragons' No. 1-singles player, won all three of his matches to capture the 1-singles title. Andrew Tancabel took third at 2-singles and Peter Zender-Calvin Pehle were third at 1-doubles. The Dragons finished fifth overall with 15 points. Winona Cotter won the team title with 28 points, followed by Waseca with 25 and Thief River Falls with 23. Litchfield will host Willmar in a non-conference dual at 4 p.m.
Prep Baseball CENTRAL MINNESOTA Maple Lake vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. CAMDEN MACCRAY vs. Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg, 4:30 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs. Lakeview at Cottonwood, 5 p.m. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Renville County West at Sacred Heart, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo at Morris, 5 p.m. PHEASANT Hancock at Ashby, 4:30 p.m.
Results April 14 Tennis Art Nelson Invite (1) Winona Cotter 28 (2) Waseca 25 (3) Thief River Falls 23 (4) Pine City 18 (5) Litchfield 15 (6) St. Peter 14 (7) Minnehaha 10 (8) Crookston 7 Results April 15 College Baseball Ridgewater 11, Rochester 2 Ridgewater 8, Rochester 7 Town Team Baseball Kimball 12, Litchfield 9
Weekly/monthly, etc. Friends of Upper Sioux Agency annual meeting -- The Friends of Upper Sioux Agency State Park will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. April 19 at the park's visitor center. The meeting will feature a presentation on exotic, invasive pests, such as European buckthorn and the emerald ash borer. Other topics for discussion include the Minnesota Horse Pass, upcoming park programs, the state's Sesquicentennial and the spring work day. For more information, call 320-564-4777. Sibley State Park The Interpretive Center is open daily.
Saturday (The following are events scheduled for today that have not yet been reported as postponed) Track and Field CENTRAL LAKES Sartell Invite at St. John's University, Collegeville (Willmar, Alexandria, Bemidji, St. Cloud Tech, Sartell), 4 p.m. Pipestone Invite (Redwood Valley), 1 p.m. Sunday (The following are events scheduled for today that have not yet been reported as postponed) Town Team Baseball NON-LEAGUE Kimball at Litchfield, 1:30 p.m. College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Rochester (2), 1 p.m.
Prep Baseball McLeod West 6, ACGC 2 Prep Tennis Willmar 5, SC Apollo 2 Providence Academy 4, Litchfield 3 YME 6, MACCRAY 1
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- The Ridgewater College baseball team split a doubleheader Friday with the Briar Cliff University JV team. The Warriors opened the twinbill with a 5-1 win before falling 4-3 in the second game. Ridgewater (14-2) is slated to open its Minnesota Community College Conference Southern Division schedule with a doubleheader Sunday at Rochester beginning at 1 p.m. Ridgewater played twice in Seward, Neb., on Thursday before heading to Iowa.
The Willmar track and field team will be outdoors for the first time this year at the Sartell Invite at St. John's University today. The Cardinals, three Central Lakes Conference teams and Bemidji will participate.
The Willmar Sportsmen's Club will hold its annual Fish Fry from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Willmar American Legion Club. The cost is $7 per adult and $3 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will be used to send youth to the Long Lake Conservation Camp, lease walleye rearing ponds and other local conservation projects.