ALEXANDRIA -- Senior Ross Van Hauen quieted the Alexandria bats with a two-hitter and Willmar pushed across the game's only run in the fourth inning for a 1-0 Central Lakes' win Thursday at Knute Nelson Field. "It was a strong pitching performance by Ross in both his attitude on the mound and his delivery to the plate," said coach Brad Dean. "He was very consistent in his follow-through which allowed him to go the distance." Just two Alexandria runners got to second, each on a steal.
RAYMOND -- Justin Koenen pitched a two-hit shutout to help MACCRAY jump to a virtual tie with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg for the top spot in the Camden Conference with a 7-0 victory Thursday. Koenen, who is now 4-0 wiht a 0.29 ERA this season, held the Fighting Saints (5-2, 8-2) to a double, single and two walks, while striking out 13. He struck out four of the first five batters he faced. He has struck out 35 batters in 24 innings to date. "It was just a fast, clean game," said Wolverines coach Ron Lauer.
MORRIS -- Morris Area's Andy Lembcke didn't get a shutout, but perplexed Wadena-Deer Creek batters with a no-hit performance in the Tigers' 4-2 non-conference win Thursday. Lembcke allowed two walks in the fourth inning, then threw a wild pitch to advance the runners. Ryan Kephart's ground out scored the first run and the second crossed the plate on a throwing error. Lembcke finished with seven strikeouts and three walks. He also led Morris at the plate with two hits and two RBI as the Tigers scored one run in each of the first four innings.
Prep Baseball Willmar 1, Alexandria 0 Canby 4, Dawson-Boyd 2 RCW 16, CMCS 3 RCW 6, CMCS 3 SC Cathedral 5, NLS 2 Wabasso 8, BL-Hector 0 Wabasso 10, BL-Hector 2 Waconia 11, Litchfield 9 Morris 4, Wadena-DC 2 LQPV 4, BOLD 3 Paynesville 8, Albany 4 MACCRAY 7, KMS 0 Minnewaska 15, Sauk Centre 3 YME 6, ACGC 2 Prep Softball Willmar 3, Alexandria 1 MACCRAY 27, CMCS 4 MACCRAY 21, CMCS 4 Benson/Hancock 15, Morris 0 Benson/Hancock 19, Morris 5 ACGC 14, BOLD 3 Sauk Centre 7, Paynesville 6 Minnewaska 12, SC Cathedral 5 Melrose 3, NL-S 1 Marshall 16, RCW 6 BBE 12, Kim
Prep Baseball CENTRAL LAKES Willmar at Sauk Rapids, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Benson at Montevideo (2), 4:30 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH Melrose at New London-Spicer, 5 p.m. WRIGHT COUNTY Litchfield at Mound-Westonka (2), 4 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Paynesville, 4:30 p.m. BOLD vs. Cedar Mountain at Morgan, 4:30 p.m. Yellow Medicine East vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 4:30 p.m. Morris at Minnewaska, 4:30 p.m. Softball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Benson/Hancock vs.
MONTEVIDEO -- Barring a meltdown, Benson/KMS secured a West Central South girls golf title with a 39-stroke win over Lac qui Parle Valley at The Crossings Thursday. Benson/KMS leads the league standings with 39 points. The Eagles are second with 35 points heading into today's final meet at Pomme de Terre Golf Club in Morris.
GRANITE FALLS -- Montevideo won its third West Central South Conference meet of the season Thursday to overtake Yellow Medicine East for the conference lead with one meet remaining. Eric Ziemann posted the meet's only round under 40 with his three-over-par 39 to pace Montevideo's four-shot win over BOLD. Chris Kollen of YME, Thomas Ward of Montevideo and Max Martin of Morris tied for second at 40. Montevideo will enter Monday's 2 p.m. meet at Benson with a one-point lead over YME.
LITTLE FALLS -- Sam Warzecha shot a 76 to tie for fourth place as Willmar took sixth at 331 in the seventh Central Lakes Conference meet on Thursday. Warzecha shot 37-39 to tie with Tyler Whiting of Alexandria, which shot 299 as a team and remain unbeaten in CLC competition. Tyler Wahl was next for Willmar at 82. Willmar Harris of Alexandria posted a 70 for medalist honors. Team scoring (1) Alexandria 299 (2) Brainerd 311 (3) tie, St. Cloud Tech, Sauk Rapids, both 321 (5) Little Falls 326 (6) Willmar 331 (7) Rocori 336 (8) Sartell 337 (9) Fergus Falls 344 (10) St.
WILLMAR -- Playing its third match in four days, Willmar overcame the wind Thurday to beat Brainerd 6-1 in the Central Lakes Conference. Brainerd had beaten the Cardinals 4-3 on April 20 in Brainerd. "Today was not the easiest of conditions to play in and I think we handled the wind better," said Willmar coach Loren Holter. "We won a lot of the tight matches today that we lost up there." Marco Vazquez (1-singles), Matt Hallstrom (3-singles) and Andy Gimse-Jordan Baker (2-doubles) won the Cardinals' three matches in the first meeting and also on Thursday.
Results Thursday Central Minnesota BBE 12, Kimball 7 The Jaguars (6-7, 8-8) recorded 14 hits and survived Kimball's five-run third inning. BBE led 7-1 after the top of the third, but Kimball cut the lead to 7-6. Brandi Bast, who relieved Miranda Bast in the third, allowed just one hit and one unearned run in five innings for the win. Jenna Schroeder and Katie Gruber led the Jaguars' attack with three hits each.