PAYNESVILLE -- Shane Kampsen tripled and singled to knock in three runs and Jamie Paul pitched seven solid innings to help Paynesville advance to the Melrose Sub-District, Division II title game by beating Sauk Centre 6-2 Tuesday night. No. 2 seed Paynesville (6-7) will play at top seed Holdingford Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Both teams already qualified for the district playoffs in St.
SPICER -- George Jacobson and David Anderson teamed up to throw a five-inning no-hitter Tuesday as Willmar VFW I slammed New London Spicer 14-0. Post 1639 will take a 18-0 record into the district playoffs. Jacobson went the first three innings fanning seven for the win. Anderson threw two flawless innings. Ethan Illies was the only NLS batter to get on base, reaching on an infield error leading off the third. It was Willmar's first error in six games. Willmar compiled nine hits, including a solo home run by Jordan Ray Smith in the first.
ST. PAUL -- Joe Schoolmeesters of Litchfield shot a 1-under 71 during the second round of the 103rd MGA Amateur Championship Tuesday to move into a four-way tie for fourth place. A day after carding three birdies and three bogeys en route to shooting par, Schoolmeesters pocketed five birdies Tuesday at Midland Hills Country Club.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar 16-under fastpitch softball team received a 7-0 forfeit win over Atwater Tuesday night in league play, improving their record to 17-0. Atwater did not have enough players. Also in league play, BOLD defeated New London-Spicer Blue 7-3. No report was available on the MACCRAY vs. New London-Spicer Black.
Amateur Baseball CORNBELT SOUTH Playoffs Willmar at Atwater, 6:15 p.m. Sacred Heart at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. Granite Falls at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Legion Baseball Minneapolis Southwest at Litchfield (2), 6 p.m.
Tickets remain for the Northwoods League baseball game Tuesday in Willmar between the Alexandria Beetles and the Mankato Moon Dogs. Tickets for the 7:05 p.m. game are $6 and available at the Loon, Walt's and Willmar Community Education and Recreation. Prior to the game, there will be a free baseball clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-8 that are involved in summer baseball and softball youth programs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Those participating will also get free admission to the game. There will also be a fireworks show after the game. For more information, call 320-763-8151.
Three Cornbelt South League amateur baseball playoff games will be on tonight. Willmar will play at Atwater at 6:15 p.m., Sacred Heart is at Raymond at 7:30 p.m. and Granite Falls is at Bird Island at 7:30 p.m. All six teams play again on Sunday in the double-elimination tournament.
WILLMAR -- With playoffs in the horizon, Willmar's pitching staff saw extensive action Monday evening as Ross Van Hauen and four relievers combined to stymie New London-Spicer in Willmar's 10-1 win in Legion baseball. Willmar finished its District 7, Division II schedule 4-0 to secure the top seed for the upcoming playoffs. With five teams in the district, however, Willmar also received a first-round bye, meaning its first playoff game -- and next game -- won't be until next Thursday. Van Hauen worked the first five innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run to pick up the win.
MADISON -- Ryan Sigdahl smashed three home runs and drove in seven runs to help lift Madison to a 14-13 win over Marshall in Legion baseball action Monday night. Sigdahl, a right-handed batter, hit a three-run homer in the second inning, a solo shot in the fourth and another three-run homer in the seventh.
PAYNESVILLE -- Jamie Paul slugged a three-run homer and Steve Gerding went 3-for-3 to help ignite a 14-hit attack for Paynesville as Paynesville upended Browerville 12-2 in five innings Monday in the opening round of the Melrose Sub-District Division II Legion baseball playoffs. Alex Naujokas and Trent Hanson hit back-to-back singles to open the bottom half of the first inning before Paul launched a home run to left field. Paynesville (5-7) sent 10 batters to the plate in the first and 11 more in the third, where it produced seven more runs on seven hits. Naujokas, Paul, Keagan Meagher and