DULUTH -- Willmar came from behind three times over the weekend and finished ninth out of 32 teams at the Duluth Invitational. Willmar went 4-2 overall in the tournament to improve to 13-6 on the season. Willmar split a pair of pool-play games on Friday, then was routed 9-0 by Duluth Lakeview on Saturday morning. But Willmar came back to win its next three games after trailing in each, including a 5-2 victory over Perham in the consolation championship on Sunday. "I'm pleased with the way the team kept coming back," said Willmar coach Dave Oehrlein.
Joel Dudgeon of Litchfield and Becky Graves of Raymond outclassed their respective fields in the eight-mile Watercade Run in Litchfield Saturday. Dudgeon won the men's title in 47:34, which was 44 second ahead of the second-place finisher. Graves won the women's title in 56:24. In the four-mile run, Matthew Johnsrud of Roseville, Calif., won in 20:43 and Annie Dehmlow of Forest Lake won the women's title in 28:59.
REGAL -- Kyle Knott and Mike Jeseritz homered to give Raymond a 10-2 win over Regal in Cornbelt League action Sunday. Ahead 5-2 entering the seventh inning, Knott hit a three-run shot and Jeseritz followed with a two-run homer in the eighth. The loss puts Regal (5-9, 10-10) into a sudden-death playoff game for the final spot in the Cornbelt North with Paynesville. The teams will battle at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Paynesville, with the winner to face the No. 1 seed, Norway Lake-Sunburg, in the league playoffs.
ALEXANDRIA -- The Willmar I VFW baseball team played errorless ball this weekend to win the Alexandria Invite Sunday. Willmar (16-0) beat Andover 10-1 in the championship game Sunday. In the semifinals Saturday, Willmar pounded Moorhead 11-1. It is the third tournament win of the season for Willmar. Semifinal Saturday Willmar 11, Moorhead 1 Willmar scored a run in every inning, including three in the second and four in the fourth. David Anderson threw a four-hitter for Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's 16-and-under fastpitch team won its own six-team tournament Sunday, going 3-0. Willmar (15-0) defeated St. Cloud Silver Stars 6-4, Alexandria 10-4 and Minnewaska 2-1. Allie Sweep had three hits and four RBI and Britta Pederson nd Emily Klein had three hits and two RBI each. Sara Freed, Hannah Pederson and Heather Thoma each earned wins. Pederson also had a save. Team scores Willmar 6, St. Cloud Silver Stars 4 Alexandria 5, Hutchinson 2 Minnewaska 5, MACCRAY 1 Willmar 10, Alexandria 4 Minnewaska 9, Hutchinson 1 St.
Legion Baseball Willmar at Bird Island, 7 p.m. Atwater at Howard Lake, 8 p.m. Glenwood at West Central, 6:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Milroy, 7 p.m. Fairfax at Litchfield, 7 p.m. Montevideo at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. Minneota at Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. Long Prairie at Paynesville, 6:30 p.m. Wheaton at Morris, 6:30 p.m. Marshall at Madison, 7 p.m.
Amateur Baseball NL-Spicer 5, Willmar 2 Raymond 10, Regal 2 Bird Island 9, Sacred Heart 3 Starbuck 9, NL-Sunburg 8 Atwater 11, Granite Falls 1 Appleton 4, Benson 3 Paynesville 2, Norway Lake-Sunburg 1 St.
WILLMAR -- Regal scored all six of its runs in the third inning on three hits and three walks en route to a 6-3 Cornbelt League victory over Willmar on Friday. A.J. Hadley plated two runs with a bases-loaded double and Mike Mueller singled home two runs. Shane Radermacher worked the first six innings for the win. He gave up four hits and three runs, while weathering seven walks. He struck out three before Chris Beier relieved and hurled three scoreless innings for the save.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation will be offering a Cardinal Tennis Camp on Monday through Thursdays from July 17-27 at the Willmar Senior High School tennis courts. Willmar varsity tennis coach Erika Kath and her staff will be presenting the camp for youth who have completed grades 6-11. Participation fee is $80. For more information or to enroll, call WCER at 320-231-8490.
The New London Water Days Tennis Tournament will be held July 21-23 this year at the New London-Spicer High School tennis courts. There will be men's and women's open singles and doubles, boys and girls singles and doubles and mixed doubles events. Entry fee is $12 per event. For more information or to register, call Chad Schmiesing at 320-796-0263.