FERGUS FALLS -- After New London-Spicer had taken a 3-0 lead, Fergus Falls plated seven runs in the fourth inning before going on to post a 8-5 win in the opening round of its round-robin tournament Friday. Scott Rambow singled in a run in the first and Jeremy Pickle knocked in two runs with a fourth-inning single to give New London-Spicer an early lead.
Amateur Baseball Raymond 10, Granite Falls 0 Starbuck 10, Sacred Heart 3 Milroy 11, Atwater 1 Bird Island 5, Willmar 1 Legion Baseball Fergus Falls Invite Fergus Falls 8, NL-Spicer 5 VFW Baseball Willmar I 11, Ortonville 5
Weekend Area Schedule Saturday Amateur Baseball LAND O' DUCKS Appleton at Canby, 2 p.m. Benson at Wheaton, 3 p.m. Morris at Madison, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Raymond at Watkins, 1:30 p.m. Legion Baseball MACCRAY at Glenwood, 1 p.m. New London-Spicer at Fergus Falls Invite (vs. Jamestown, N.D., 11 a.m.; vs.
WILLMAR -- Craig Christiansen, veteran Modified racer from New London, got his first feature win at KRA Speedway Thursday. Christiansen outgunned Ryan Canon of Clearwater to the checkered flag. Christiansen has three thirds this year. It was the sixth top two finish for Canon. Points leader Jason Thoennes of Alexandria took third. In Superstock, Jeff Flaten of Hancock got his first win by holding off Scott Thompson of Willmar and Jim Martinson of Cokato. Midwest Modified was a wild ride with 19 cars on the starting grid. By the 10th lap less than half were still racing.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar I VFW team exploded in the middle innings to overtake Ortonville 11-5 Friday. Willmar broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fourth with four runs, then added three more in the fifth. Ortonville committed two errors in the fourth and J.R. Smith it an RBI triple in the rally. Ben Ruter had two hits for Willmar and drove in two runs. J.J. Smith had three sacrifices and drove in three runs. J.R. Smith also picked up the win in relief.
KERKHOVEN -- Jared Johnson and Jason Fernholz both collected three hits and three pitchers combined to stymie Willmar as Kerkhoven upended Post 167 4-1 Thursday to remain unbeaten with an 11-0 record. Kerkhoven starter Grant Johnson surrendered three singles and an unearned run without giving up a walk in four innings to earn the victory.
The Prairie Fest 5K Run/Walk is set for 8 a.m. July 8 at Clara City. Registration is from 7:15-7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of MACCRAY High School. The cost if $15 and there are six age divisions. For more information, phone LeAnn Nord at 320-847-3466. Pre-registration is preferred. Send checks to Jaycee Prairie Fest 5K, P.O. Box 184, Clara City MN 56222.
The final two days of the VFW state baseball tournament (Aug. 3-6) will be held at the Metrodome, it was announced on Tuesday at the Willmar I versus Willmar II game at Bill Taunton Stadium. Games the first two days of the 10-team event will be played at fields in Brooklyn Park.
The American Legion Division II state tournament returns to Willmar Aug. 5-6. The eight-team tournament with a consolation bracket was last held here in 2001. Local chairman Tom Phillips said the Legion state baseball committee favors Willmar because of its two diamonds one block apart and community support. Willmar was also the host site three times in the 1990s.
RAYMOND -- Justin Koenen started MACCRAY on the right track in the first inning, then rode a huge lead to a 10-4 win over Sacred Heart in American Legion baseball action Thursday. Koenen smacked a leadoff home run to start the bottom of the first, which highlighted a five-run inning. Koenen also pitched the first six innings for the Scarlets (6-3). He allowed 10 hits, struck out seven and walked two. Zach Thissen was responsible for all three MACCRAY runs in the third with a home run, which gave the Scarlets a 9-3 lead. He finished with a team-high four RBI. T.J.