MONTEVIDEO -- Jon Altena surrendered just three singles without issuing a walk in a complete-game outing to ignite Montevideo's 6-1 win over Wheaton in the opener of the District 7, Division II Final Four Legion baseball tournament Tuesday. Montevideo, which improved its impressive winning streak to 12 games, will play Thursday at 7:45 p.m. against either Glenwood or Fairfax back in Montevideo. Wheaton drops into the loser's bracket and will play Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Altena hurled six shutout innings before Wheaton scored in the bottom of the seventh.
ALEXANDRIA -- Ryan Goracikowski struck out nine without issuing a walk and limited Willmar II to four hits as Alexandria blanked Post 1639 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the District 5 VFW baseball tournament Tuesday. The loss drops Willmar II into the loser's bracket, where it will play New London-Spicer Thursday at 8 p.m. in Willmar. Only Casey Sussenguth in the second inning and Tyler Brower in the third advanced to third base as Goracikowski notched a strikeout in every inning but the seventh. Travis Koenen doubled to lead off the seventh for Willmar II's only extra-base hit.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar 16U softball team took advantage of five MACCRAY errors in a 12-4 win to end the season Tuesday. Willmar (18-3) led 7-4 through five innings, then scored five runs in the sixth for the final margin. Sara Freed went the distance for the win. She held MACCRAY to four hits, struck out eight and walked one. All four runs she allowed were unearned. Brittany Hastad and Chelsey Wierschem had two hits each.
Amateur Baseball CORNBELT South Playoffs Willmar at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. LAKEWOOD West Playoffs Litchfield vs. Freeport at Elrosa, 7:30 p.m.
Legion Baseball District 7, Division II Montevideo 6, Wheaton 1 Fairfax 11, Glenwood 0 VFW Baseball District 5 Alexandria 4, Willmar II 0 16U Softball Willmar 12, MACCRAY 4
Nextel Cup and Busch Cup driver Morgan Shepherd will appear at Decision Hills Camp near Spicer Wednesday. The program begins at 10:30 a.m., with photo opportunities and autographs to follow. Ticket cost is $15. For more information or to make a reservation, call 320-796-5510.
The 31st annual Glenwood Rotary 5k and 10k runs will be held Saturday in Glenwood as part of the 51st Annual Waterama celebration. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at the picnic shelter across the street from the Lakeside Ballroom with the races beginning at 9 a.m. Fee is $15, which includes a T-shirt. A Magic Mile run geared for children, but open to everyone, will also be held on Saturday. Registration fee for this race is $10. Call 320-634-3636 for more information.
Christopher Tobkin of Willmar used a driver to sink a hole-in-one at No. 8 hole on the Pines Course at Little Crow Country Club in Spicer Monday. The No. 8 is a par-4, 305-yard hole.
The Minnesota Twins will offer a free baseball and softball clinic for youth in Litchfield at 2 p.m. Friday at Optimist Park. In the event of rain, the clinic will be held at the Litchfield High School gym. The three-hour clinic is free, requires no registration and is open to boys and girls ages 6-16. The clinic will be broken into two 90-minute sessions, the first for kids ages 6-9 (starting at 2 p.m.) and the second for ages 10-16 (starting at 3:30 p.m.).
WILLMAR -- Northwoods League baseball comes to Bill Taunton Stadium at Baker Field this evening for the first time. The Alexandria Beetles will be the host team when they take the field against the Mankato MoonDogs at 7:05 p.m. The 12-team loop is made up of college players from around the country and close to home. Mankato's third baseman Adam Kampsen, a sophomore at Northern State, played for the Paynesville Bulldogs in high school.