SPICER - Brandon Larson slugged a three-run homer and Tri-Town scored eight runs in the fifth inning as the Black Sox outslugged New London-Spicer 15-13 in the Legion baseball opener for both squads Monday. New London-Spicer had taken a 5-0 lead behind run-scoring singles from Brian Pieh before Tri-Town scored six times in the third, highlighted by Larson's home run down the right-field line. New London-Spicer, who got four hits from Ben Kulset, then plated three more runs in the fourth before the Black Sox erupted in the fifth.
Legion Baseball BOLD at Litchfield, 6:30 p.m. Lowry vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 6:30 p.m. VFW Baseball Willmar I at Madison, 6:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Willmar II, 6:30 p.m.
ALEXANDRIA - The Willmar American Legion baseball team, under new coach Dave Oehrlein, split a pair of one-run games on Saturday at the Alexandria Invitational. Coon Rapids 2, Willmar 1 Willmar's run scored on a Tyler Horning sacrifice fly bringing in Jason Otte in the third. Coon Rapids tied it with an unearned run in the lower part of the inning and won it on a Joe Morissette RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
MANKATO - The Willmar VFW I team went 3-0 in its pool at the Mankato Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Because the tournament ran late, the game for the overall championship was canceled. Willmar 6, Lakeview 3 David Anderson received the victory while catcher Jordan John Smith had three hits along with shortstop/pitcher Jordan Ray Smith, who also had three RBI.
GRANITE FALLS - Veteran pitcher Curt Kvam shut Willmar down for seven innings and the Granite Falls Kilowatts went on to deflate Willmar 5-1 in the Cornbelt South League on Sunday afternoon at Richter Park. Kvam struck out 10 and his relief, Luke Berg, three more without issuing a pass. Willmar's got a spark when Steve Wetterling homered over the Richter Park wall in the eighth off Berg. The Kilowatts managed only five hits off three Willmar pitchers but took advantage of four walks, several wild pitches and four Willmar errors. Michael Hinde drove in two runs with a double and Jay Magnus
HAMBURG - The Raymond Rockets took third place at the eight-team Hamburg Invitational this past weekend. Raymond's Mike Kragenbring and Kyle Knott were chosen to the all-tournament team. Raymond edged Waconia 3-2 in the quarterfinals before losing to Plato 12-5 in the semifinals.
Game One MACCRAY 5, Braham 1 Aaron Pauling pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts and Matt Condon and Justin Koenen each had a pair of hits for MACCRAY in its opener. Braham....................................................000 100 0 - 1 3 2 MACCRAY...................................................021 110 x - 5 8 1 HITTING - Braham: Josh Ehreich 1-for-3; Jack Karas 1-for-3; Matt Plageman 1-for-3 ....
WILLMAR - Andy Jacobson, who won the Galen Skramstad Invitational in Marshall on Saturday, shot a four-under 104 to win the 27-hole Eagle Creek Early Bird Tournament on Sunday.
Legion Baseball Eden Valley at Willmar, 6:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. BOLD at Litchfield, 6:30 p.m.
ST. PAUL - Litchfield senior Natalie Devine completed two of the four events she qualified at the state meet Friday, winning the Class A high jump title and placing sixth in the long jump. Devine, the only area state qualifier, male or female, to qualify in more than two events, will compete in the 100 hurdles and the triple jump today at Hamline Univesity. Devine and Toni Tollefson of Lake Park each jumped 5-6, but Devine was given the title on fewer misses.