RAYMOND -- Kyle Knott singled, doubled and homered to drive the Raymond offense as the Rockets opened the town-team season at Lilleberg Field with an 11-1 win over Rosen in eight innings Friday. Zach Nelson and Ron Hoekstra each doubled and drove in two runs. Knott's homer came with one on. Hoekstra checked the Express on one hit and six strikeouts, going the first five innings for the win. Reliever Nick Koewler struck out eight in three innings while giving up four hits and a seventh-inning run.
FERGUS FALLS -- Tyler Horning had three hits, including his third home run of the spring, and Troy Ditterich hurled a complete game Thursday to help Willmar beat Fergus Falls 10-1 in the Central Lakes Conference. Horning capped the scoring with a solo home run to left field in the seventh inning for the Cardinals (5-4, 7-5).
BENSON -- Katie Razink gave up only four hits and one run as Benson/Hancock beat Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 7-1 in non-conference softball Thursday. The players braved the cold winds in Benson, but also had to put up with noise from construction at the softball field. Footings for new dugouts had been excavated and a crew was pouring cement. It didn't affect Razink, who withstood four errors and four walks for the win. Four Benson/Hancock players had two hits each, led by Jenny Noordmans, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Ridgewater Warriors play Itasca College at 12:30 p.m. today at the Rochester Community and Technical College field in the quarterfinal round of the two-day MCCC State Baseball Tournament. Other first-round pairings are Central Lakes against Dakota County, Mesabi Range versus Rochester and Fergus Falls taking on Northland. The top four teams advance to Willmar for the Region 13 Tournament May 19-21. The Warriors won the South Division with an 11-1 record. Itasca was second in the North Division with a 10-4 mark.
FERGUS FALLS -- Willmar got a 78 from Sam Warzecha to shoot 328 and finish fifth at the fifth Central Lakes Conference boys golf meet held Thursday at the Pebble Lake Golf Club. Alexandria stayed perfect by winning its fifth meet with a 301 score and now leads second-place Brainerd by 7.5 points. Trevor Gervais of Fergus Falls was medalist with a 78. Team scoring (1) Alexandria 301 (2) tie, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, both 311 (4) Sauk Rapids 323 (5) Willmar 328 (6) Little Falls 335 (7) tie, Rocori, Sartell, both 337 (9) St. Cloud Tech 338 (10) St.
APPLETON -- Lac qui Parle Valley got a 44 from medalist Kara Maatz to win on its home course Thursday with a 201 total, but Benson/KMS held on to first place overall in West Central South Conference girls golf. Yellow Medicine East, led by Meghan Bredeson's 48, finished second at 204.
ST. CLOUD -- Two sacrifice flies supplied all of the offense for Paynesville Thursday as the Bulldogs edged West Central North Conference rival St. Cloud Cathedral 2-1 in nine innings. James Paul got the win after scattering seven hits over nine innings of work. The senior worked out of a jam in the seventh, allowing only one run after the Crusaders loaded the bases to start the inning. Sam Bayer got hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth for Paynesville before moving to second base on a passed ball and to third on a ground out.
HECTOR -- Renville County West took advantage of four walks and six passed balls to score five times in the third inning en route to upending Buffalo Lake-Hector 5-4 in non-conference action Thursday. RCW (3-5) collected only five singles in the game, but the Jaguars took advantage of six walks and three hit batsmen. Andy Erickson had two hits. Joe Sparks singled twice for the Mustangs (1-9).
RAYMOND -- Zach Thissen tossed a no-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead MACCRAY to a 4-0 Camden Conference win over Canby on Thursday. Thissen struck out nine Lancer batters and walked four. Ben Reuter went 2-for-2 to lead the Wolverines (7-5) Matt Condon drove in two runs and Thissen doubled for the game's only extra-base hit. MACCRAY 4, Canby 0 Canby (4-2) 000 000 0 - 0 0 0 MACCRAY (7-5) 002 200 x - 4 8 2 HITTING - Canby: no hits ....
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