PAYNESVILLE -- Sam Bayer doubled home two runs in the bottom of the ninth, giving Paynesville a 3-2 win in the Cornbelt North League playoffs on Wednesday. Ryan Hess pitched three hitless innings of relief for the win. He walked none and struck out four. Jamie Paul hurled the first six innings and allowed six hits and two runs. Hess led off the Paynesville ninth with a single and moved to second on a single by Paul.
Amateur Baseball Litchfield at Hutchinson, 7:30 p.m. Morris at Dumont, 7:30 p.m. Raymond at Milroy, 8 p.m. Legion Baseball Morris at Fargo (2), 5:30 p.m. VFW Baseball Montevideo at Willmar I, 6 p.m. Willmar II at Starbuck, 6 p.m.
Legion Baseball Marshall 19, Granite Falls 6
Madison's 21st annual Stinker Day 3-mile Lutefisk Run and one-mile Uff Da Walk will be Juy 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Grand Theatre on main street. There will be six age categories for each gender. Registration fee is $10 for runners and $1 for walkers. Registrations may be sent to John Shurb, Rt. 1, Box 469, Louisburg, MN 56256 or register at Main Street Decorating in Madison. For more information, call 320-568-2435, 320-568-2443 or 320-598-7688.
The Willmar American Legion baseball team will play its eighth game in six days when it plays at Sacred Heart tonight. Willmar is 13-6 on the season. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. Tri-Town plays Sacred Heart at 8 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO - James Gallagher had four hits and three other Montevideo players added three more each as Montevideo outslugged Kerkhoven 14-10 Wednesday to hand Kerkhoven its first loss of the Legion baseball season. Montevideo (12-3) won its seventh straight game after outhitting Kerkhoven 15-13. Darrin Carlson's RBI triple and Chris Braaten's run-scoring single in the top half of the sixth gave Kerkhoven (13-1) a 10-9 lead.
RAYMOND - Zach Nelson drove in three runs and Shawn Thissen slugged a two-run home run Wednesday to help Raymond upend Marshall 6-5 in a non-league game. Marshall (15-6) scored three times in the final two innings to take a 5-4 lead before the Rockets (22-10) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth. After Mike Kluver walked and scored on Nelson's single to tie the game at 5-5, Thissen hit a deep fly ball to center field that allowed Travis Epema, who had also walked, to easily tag up from third base and score the winning run. Thissen earlier tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth after bringing
PAYNESVILLE - The Paynesville VFW baseball team turned a rare triple play in a 17-7 victory over Annandale Tuesday night. Annandale had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth inning when Paynesville pitcher Josh Fenske dived and caught a bunt. Fenske wheeled and fired to first baseman Shane Kampsen for a force out. Kampsen then threw to shortstop Jon Kerzman, who was covering second base, to force the runner by half a step for the third out.
Legion Baseball Willmar at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m. Chokio at Morris, 6:30 p.m. Glenwood at Benson, 6:30 p.m. Litchfield at Alexandria, 6:30 p.m. Paynesville at Sauk Centre, 6:30 p.m. Cottonwood at Montevideo, 7 p.m. Granite Falls at Marshall, 7 p.m. Madison vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 8 p.m. Tri-Town at Sacred Heart, 8 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
The Cornbelt League baseball playoffs begin tonight with Paynesville hosting Regal at 7:30 p.m. in a pigtail game from the North Division. The winner of that game will advance to the four-team double-elimination format and will play at top-seeded Starbuck at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. New London-Spicer plays at Norway Lake-Sunburg in the other game at 1:30 p.m. The South Division playoffs begin next Wednesday.