PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Ridgewater baseball team amassed 21 hits over 13 innings in sweeping a doubleheader from Penn State-Scranton on the second day of its Florida trip Monday. The Warriors (3-0) recorded 12 hits, including Keaton Gustin's going for the cycle in a 10-0 six-inning victory in the first game, then added nine more hits to beat PSU-Scranton 6-4 in the second game. Gustin, a freshman from Holdingford, doubled in the first inning, hit a solo homer in the third, tripled in the fifth and singled in the sixth.
Result Saturday Section 6AA-South Melrose 47, Minnewaska 41 (At Collegeville) -- Melrose outscored Minnewaska 24-15 in the second half after Minnewaska (11-14) had led 26-23 at halftime of the semifinals. The Lakers were held to 38 total field goals and converted only 42 percent. John Wedum and Jordan Johnsrud both netted nine points to pace a balanced attack for the Lakers. Johnsrud also blocked six shots, Mike Anderson pulled down seven rebounds and Jordan Hendricks pocketed four steals. Curt Bertram scored 17 points to lead the Dutchmen.
College Baseball Ridgewater 10, PSU-Scranton 0 Ridgewater 6, PSU-Scranton 4
Boys Basketball Section 5AA-South Championship At Howard Lake New London-Spicer vs. Paynesville, 8 p.m. College Baseball Ridgewater vs. Anderson (Ind.), 9 a.m. (2)
Grete Peterson, a North Dakota State University senior outfielder from Granite Falls, is batting .275 in 18 games this season against Division I competition. Peterson, the Tribune's 2003 Hengstler-Ranweiler Award winner, has made just one error in center field for the Bison to date. NDSU is 13-5 this season.
College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Penn State-Scranton CC (2) at Port Charlotte (Fla.) Invitational, 9 a.m.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- A five-run 12th inning ignited by Scott Rambow's three-run double allowed Ridgewater to open its season on a high note as the Warriors held off Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio) 8-7 in 12 innings Sunday at the Port Charlotte Invitational. A second game was to follow, but darkness cancelled the game after four innings. The game will not be made up as Ridgewater plays again today at 9 a.m. in a doubleheader against Penn State-Scranton CC. Paul Mages singled to lead off the 12th for the Warriors and moved up to second on Ryan Young's sacrifice bunt.
DASSEL -- Paynesville and New London-Spicer will be meeting for the third time season, this time with the Section 5AA-South title on the line after each won semifinals games Saturday night. Paynesville (18-5) knocked off Maple Lake 61-54 in one semifinal game, while New London-Spicer (19-6) outlasted Eden Valley-Watkins 72-69 in the other. Maple Lake had beaten Paynesville 77-71 Jan.
Events/competitions Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Banquet -- The Kandiyohi County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet March 16 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willmar. The guest speaker will be Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever CEO. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for habitat and youth education projects. For tickets or more information, call Greg Kamrowski at 320-235-9788. Tickets can also be purchased at Brad's 71 Bait and Sports, Zero Tolerance and Mel's Sport Shop.
I have a small woodworking shop in the barn where I turn perfectly good boards into sawdust and scrap lumber. This is not all bad, since I find it entertaining, and bluebird houses are made from the scraps. We end up with a lot of bluebird houses. The door to the shop slides on a track and is quite heavy. Occasionally, it will not close completely when given a hurried push. The other evening, I went to the shop to grab a hammer and was greeted with the unmistakable odor of a skunk.