The 12th annual Heinie Ridler Golf for Hospice Tournament is set for July 10 at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The five-person scramble has a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The registration fee of $75 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and two cars per team. Sign up at the pro shop or call Eagle Creek at 320-235-1166. All proceeds go to Rice Hospice.
ST. CLOUD - Morris Area lost twice in the Class AA state tournament, getting outscored 17-2. Morris lost in the quarterfinals to Maple River, 9-1, then lost 8-1 to Mora in the consolation round. The losses ousted the Tigers from the tournament and finished their season 11-11. Quarterfinals Maple River 9, Morris 1 Morris began Section 6AA play with a 7-11 record , making them most unlikely entrant at state. The Tigers knew that to succeed they had little room for miscues or bad luck. They had both in the first inning of the opener. Chase Rambow walked the leadoff hitter.
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center in Spicer will host the second annual Jesse John Mithaugen Victory Run/Walk on Saturday. There will be a 5k or one mile run/walk in memory of Mithaugen, who was killed in an automobile accident June 6, 2004. There will be a $20 race-day registration fee (including a t-shirt while supplies last), beginning at 8 a.m. at Prairie Woods. The race will begin at 9 a.m. For more information, call Deb Anderson at 320-894-4969.
Prep Baseball CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT Championship at Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud Paynesville vs. St. Anthony Village, 5:30 p.m. Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Atwater at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Bird Island at Starbuck, 7:30 p.m. Norway Lake-Sunburg at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Cold Spring at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. Legion Baseball Montevideo at Fargo Tournament VFW Baseball Willmar I at Dassel-Cokato Tournament Willmar II at Alexandria Tournament
LITCHFIELD - Willmar starting pitcher Ross VanHauen and three relievers combined to shut out Litchfield Thursday as Post 167 cruised to a 9-0 win in Legion baseball. VanHauen shook off four walks in six innings of work while Alex Lotthammer, Matt Seehusen and Matt Roisum all hurled one scoreless inning of relief. The pitcher corps got plenty of support as Willmar collected 12 hits, two each from Kyle Townswick, Tyler Horning, Josh Dahlke and Jason Otte. Litchfield had plently of chances to get on the scoreboard despite getting only four hits.
KERKHOVEN - With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Justin Johnson hit a ground ball that the first baseman couldn't handle, allowing Adam Lesteberg to score the winning run as Kerkhoven upended New London-Spicer 7-6 in Legion baseball Thursday. NLS had taken a 3-0 lead after a three-run second, but Kerkhoven answered back by scoring five runs in the bottom half of the frame. Kerkhoven got RBI singles from Lesteberg and Grant Johnson and a bases-loaded walk from Justin Johnson in the inning. Darrin Carlson and Paul Beckman had two hits each for Kerkhoven, which improved to 2-0.
BROWNTON - Gregg Helin knocked in the eventual winning run with a single in the seventh as Bird Island advanced to the championship game of the Brownton Tournament by upending the host 7-5 Thursday. After Helin's two-single put the Islanders (7-4) up 6-3, Brownton plated two runs in the bottom half of the seventh. But Kyle Bruns added an insurance run in the eighth after coming home on an error. Bird Island will play today's Waconia/Hutchinson winner on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
ATWATER - An error in the eighth inning led to the winning run as Atwater rallied past Kingston 6-5 in a non-league game Wednesday evening. Michael Malvin reached on an error with two outs in the eighth and scored on Josh Cunningham's double to left. Cunningham went 4-for-5 while Zach Cunningham, Ryan Mahn and Mike Walsh all had hits for Atwater. Mahn tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh for the Chuckers (4-5) with a two-out solo home run to center field. Jesse Hentges scattered eight hits, three earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts to pick up the win. Atwater 6, Kingston 5
Prep Baseball CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT At St. Cloud Paynesville vs. Mora at Dick Putz Field, 12:30 p.m. Morris vs. Maple River at Joe Faber Field, 12:30 p.m. Legion Baseball New London-Spicer at Kerkhoven, 6 p.m. Benson at Lowry, 6:30 p.m. BOLD at Eden Valley, 6:30 p.m. Willmar at Litchfield, 6:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Cottonwood, 7 p.m. Sacred Heart at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. Amateur Baseball NON-LEAGUE Bird Island at Browntown, 7:30 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation is hosting a Baseball Clinic for grades 3-6 run by Willmar high school coach Brad Dean from June 19-23 at North Swansson Field Complex from 9 a.m.-noon. Players will be instructed on hitting, fielding, throwing and base running. The cost is $35 per player, including a camp t-shirt. Register at the WCER office, calling 320-231-8490 or paying the day of the clinic.