WILLMAR -- The big bats of Ridgewater College spoke loudest in the first inning as the Warriors hammered Riverland College 14-10 and 15-9 Monday in an MCCC Southern Division doubleheader. Aided by a favorable breeze, the Warriors hit all five of their homers and scored a total of 19 runs in the the first inning of the two games. The Warriors' oft-postponed home-field opener was played in 70-degree sunshine at North Swansson Field. "We really swung the bats well today," said Ridgewater coach Dwight Kotila.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation is taking registrations for summer softball leagues. WCER is offering leagues for Men's, Women's, Co-Rec and Church divisions. There will be a Monday league and a Thursday league for men's softball. Cost is $290 per team for the Monday league and $380 for the Thursday league. Application deadline is April 30. The Women's softball league will be played on Tuesdays. The cost is $235 per team with no deadline set. The Co-Rec league will be played on Wednesdays.
Ridgewater College volleyball coach Joe Sussenguth has announced commitments from Jordan Olerud of Redwood Valley and Carina Fesenmaier of Sauk Rapids. Olerud, a 5-9 outside hitter, accumulated 688 kills and 762 digs, twice winning team MVP honors. Fesenmaier, a 5-10 setter, finished her career with 1,782 assists, 341 digs and 244 kills. She was Central Lakes All-Conference in 2006 when the Storm won the CLC title.
MONTEVIDEO -- Looking in mid-season form, Montevideo edged the Morris Tigers 3-1 in the season opener for both West Central South Conference teams Monday. The Thunder Hawks didn't have an error and starting pitcher Tyler Kanten and reliever John Schmit didn't give up a walk. Kanten fanned eight. Morris scored first on an RBI single by Josh Griffith that plated Tony Schultz, who had doubled. Montevideo answered with two runs in the fourth on a single by Kanten, a double by Schmit, a passed ball and an RBI squeeze bunt by Tyler Blomme. Craig Knochenmus took the loss.
SACRED HEART -- Nate Schlagel homered twice as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg drilled 15 hits in the Fighting Saints' season opening 9-6 victory over Renville Sacred Heart on Monday in Camden Conference baseball. Schlagel, also the winning pitcher, clubbed a two-run homer in the first and later added a solo shot. Chris Braaten and Kyle Syverson were each 3-for-3 with a double. Alex Baker also got three hits. RCW, which scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh, was led by Japenese exchange student Takumi Ito's two hits.
MURDOCK -- Patina Queenan got the win in both Camden Confeence games, allowing just one hit as KMS beat Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 10-0 in the opener, then pitched four no-hit innings in a 12-1 rout in the nightcap Monday.
AUSTIN -- The Ridgewater softball team improved to 4-0 in the MCCC Southern Division with a doubleheader sweep of Riverland Monday. The Lady Warriors (6-2 overall) won the first game 2-1, then pounded out 13 hits in the second game to win 11-6. First game Ridgewater 2, Riverland 1 Laura Suter got the Lady Warriors going right away with a solo home run in the first inning, but the hits after that would be few and far between. Fortunately, Ridgewater took advantage of a two-base error in the third and Dorothy Saulsbury's sacrifice fly brought home Amber Peterson for a 2-0 lead. Suter and t
LITCHFIELD -- For the first time since 1988, Willmar beat Litchfield in boys tennis as the Cardinals clipped the Dragons 4-3 Monday. Junior Matt Hallstrom rallied after losing the first set at 3-singles against Patrick Johnson to win the final two sets 6-4, 6-2 to give Willmar the winning point. Litchfield's Brian Ward didn't allow Marco Vazquez to win a game at 1-singles, but Willmar won the remaining three singles matches with Cass Magnuson winning at 2-singles and James Neis at 4-singles. The duo of Jason Stephens and Ian Fischer won in straight sets at 3-doubles to help Willmar remain u
Prep Baseball Montevideo 3, Morris 1 BBE 8, Maple Lake 2 KMS 9, RCW 6 MACCRAY 31, CMCS 0 BL-Hector 25, Springfield 10 Prep Softball KMS 10, TMB 0 KMS 12, TMB 1 Dassel-Cokato 5, Litchfield 0 St. Cloud Cathedral 5, Paynesville 2 NL-Spicer 10, Albany 7 Melrose 8, Morris 1 Springfield 7, BL-Hector 3 Prep Tennis Willmar 4, Litchfield 3 Redwood Valley 5, MACCRAY 2 YME 4, LQPV/DB 3 Milbank 5, LQPV/DB 2 Girls Golf Central Lakes meet (1) Sartell 354 (2) Alexandria 356 (3) St.
Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Brainerd, 4:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Montevideo vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 5 p.m. Yellow Medicine East vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 5 p.m. Morris at Lac qui Parle Valley, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Minnewaska at Paynesville, 5 p.m. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle vs. New London-Spicer at Regal, 5 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Delano at Litchfield, 4:30 p.m. CENTRAL MINNESOTA Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted, 5 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH Dawson-Boyd vs.