SACRED HEART -- After a seven-inning game that lasted nearly three hours and featured 23 walks and five hit batters, Willmar came away a 16-5 winner over Sacred Heart Sunday in the Cornbelt South League. The teams combined for just 10 hits, but Sacred Heart (3-8, 5-15) was doomed by its eight errors and 12 walks issued by four pitchers. The Rails (8-6, 8-7) scored one run in each of the first three innings before stretching its lead to 7-0 with a four-run fourth.
FERGUS FALLS -- New London-Spicer finished the Fergus Falls Invite with a 2-1 record after winning two games over the weekend. NLS (7-5) beat Jamestown, N.D., 12-8 and Thief River Falls 13-8 on Saturday. Ben Kulset led NLS with six hits in the last two games. Brian Pieh added five hits, including two doubles. Scott Rambow also had five hits. NLS 12, Jamestown 8 Kulset went 4-for-5 and scored three runs to start the NLS offense. Pieh added three hits and had both of his doubles in this game. He drove in a game-high five RBI. Rambow also had three hits. Jamestwn, N.D.
Monday Legion Baseball Litchfield at Delano Invite, 1:30 p.m. Tuesday Amateur Baseball LAND O' DUCKS Ortonville at Rosen, 2:30 p.m.
Amateur Baseball Willmar 16, Sacred Heart 5 Raymond 8, Atwater 3 NL-Sunburg 11, Granite Falls 3 Regal 7, NL-Spicer 4 NL-Sunburg 18, Paynesville 3 Benson 13, Wheaton 0 Watkins 7, Raymond 6 Legion Baseball NLS 12, Jamestown 8 NLS 13, Thief River Falls 8 MACCRAY 13, Glenwood 7 Litchfield 11 Winsted 0
SPICER -- For the third straight year, the Bald Eagle Yacht Club will hold its Bald Eagle Regatta July 7-9 on Green Lake in Spicer. The regatta is for catamaran sailing and involves races Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9. Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. Saturday, July 8 at Saulbury Beach in Spicer. The cost is $45 for two-person crew and $30 for single crew. There will be an awards ceremony Sunday, July 9 at 2 p.m.
ST. CLOUD -- The St. Cloud Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota National Guard will host the 15th Annual Physically Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt Oct. 3-5 at Camp Ripley near Little Falls. The special hunt is provided for physically disabled veterans who are currently receiving outpatient services at a VA Medical Center or who are eligible for care and who cannot hunt during regular firearms season. Applications will be taken between July 3-14. Interested veterans may contact Dennis Erie at 320-251-1670, ext.
My three-year-old grandson, Zane, and I were sitting on the dock fishing the other afternoon. Fishing was intense for the first few minutes, but when he did not get a bite in three or four casts, his attention span had reached it limits. He sat down beside me and said, "Grandpa, we have alwigators in the north pond." "Alligators?" I questioned. "Yes, alwigators!" he stated with all the confidence of one who knows of what they speak. I did not know he knew there was a north pond or what an alligator looked like. I explained to him, our weather in the winter is much too cold.
Events/competitions Willmar Rifle/Pistol Club M1 Shoot -- Tuesday, July 11 at the Eagle Lake Rifle Range. If rain or wet grounds, shoot will be the following Tuesday. Open to public. $10 non-club members, $8 club members. Includes rifle, ammunition, and targets. For more information, call Larry Cornell at 320-366-3469. Weekly/monthly, etc. Renville Rangers Shooting Club -- Summer hours start May 24. Wednesday and Thursday 6:30-9 p.m., Sunday 1:30-4 p.m. Trap and skeet leagues are also forming for summer. The range is located 1½ miles north of Bird Island on County Road 5.
WILLMAR -- Gregg Helin survived a couple of early bases-loaded jams and went on to throw a two-hitter, leading Bird Island to a 5-1 win over the Willmar Rails in amateur baseball Friday night at Bill Taunton Stadium. The win gave the Islanders a leg up in the Cornbelt South among teams fighting for the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league playoffs. Mark Neubauer provided a 2-0 lead for the Islanders in the third. Leading off, No.
Four events are scheduled for Spicer this weekend, part of their annual Fourth of July Celebration. Today, Hoops by the Lake is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sand volleyball begins at 8 a.m. and softball at the Green Lake Diamonds starts at 8 a.m. both days. The Green Lake 12-mile road race, which had a record 240 finishers in 2005, goes off at 8 a.m. Sunday at Saulsbury Beach.