WILLMAR -- With playoffs in the horizon, Willmar's pitching staff saw extensive action Monday evening as Ross Van Hauen and four relievers combined to stymie New London-Spicer in Willmar's 10-1 win in Legion baseball. Willmar finished its District 7, Division II schedule 4-0 to secure the top seed for the upcoming playoffs. With five teams in the district, however, Willmar also received a first-round bye, meaning its first playoff game -- and next game -- won't be until next Thursday. Van Hauen worked the first five innings, allowing four hits and an unearned run to pick up the win.
MADISON -- Ryan Sigdahl smashed three home runs and drove in seven runs to help lift Madison to a 14-13 win over Marshall in Legion baseball action Monday night. Sigdahl, a right-handed batter, hit a three-run homer in the second inning, a solo shot in the fourth and another three-run homer in the seventh.
PAYNESVILLE -- Jamie Paul slugged a three-run homer and Steve Gerding went 3-for-3 to help ignite a 14-hit attack for Paynesville as Paynesville upended Browerville 12-2 in five innings Monday in the opening round of the Melrose Sub-District Division II Legion baseball playoffs. Alex Naujokas and Trent Hanson hit back-to-back singles to open the bottom half of the first inning before Paul launched a home run to left field. Paynesville (5-7) sent 10 batters to the plate in the first and 11 more in the third, where it produced seven more runs on seven hits. Naujokas, Paul, Keagan Meagher and
Optimist Park in Litchfield will be busy today as four baseball games are scheduled on the city's north side. The Litchfield VFW team will play St. Cloud Blue in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. while the Legion team follows at 4:30 p.m. and the amateur Litchfield Blues at 7:30 p.m., both against Dassel-Cokato.
Amateur Baseball NON-LEAGUE Dassel-Cokato at Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. Legion Baseball Dassel-Cokato at Litchfield, 4:30 p.m. MELROSE SUB-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS Sauk Centre at Paynesville, 6:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa or Long Prairie at Holdingford, 6:30 p.m. VFW Baseball Willmar I at New London-Spicer, 6 p.m. Madison at Willmar II, 6 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins placed center fielder Torii Hunter on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after learning the five-time Gold Glove award winner has a stress fracture in his left foot. Hunter was the third Twins outfielder disabled in the past four days, a discouraging development for a team that is desperately trying to catch the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox in the AL Central race.
Legion Baseball district playoffs begin today The District 7, Division II American Legion baseball playoffs begin today. There are four sub-sections in District 7. In the Northwest sub-section, Morris is the lone area team and plays on Thursday. In the Southeast, BOLD plays at Eden Valley-Watkins with the winner facing top-seeded MACCRAY on Thursday. Tri-Town and Fairfax also play on Thursday. In the Southwest, top-seeded Montevideo hosts the winner of today's game between Minneota and Cottonwood on Thursday.
One round cost Willmar native Marilyn Lovander a chance at a second consecutive top 10 finish at the Jamie Farr/Owens Corning Classic Sunday in Sylvania, Ohio. The tournament has been the veteran golfer's top payday the last two years, including a top 10 finish last year. She was tied for 29th place after the second round. But she shot an 80 in the third round before finishing with a 67 to tie for 66th place with a 287. Lovander earned $2,395.
STARBUCK -- Paynesville scored three runs in four different innings en route to upsetting Cornbelt North League champion Starbuck 13-8 in the first game of the double-elimination playoffs Sunday. Paynesville will now play at Norway Lake-Sunburg, an 8-6 winner over New London-Spicer, next Sunday in the winner's bracket. Starbuck will host New London-Spicer next Sunday, with the loser eliminated. Paynesville stroked 16 hits, including Adam Miller's three-run home run, to improve to 5-11. Jamie Paul had three hits for the Pirates.
Sibley State Park The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 354-2002. Wet and Wild Bugs: 10 a.m., July 19. Join us for a look at the seldom seen world of the awuatic insect. You will examine snorklers, scuba divers, insects that swim on their backs plus underwater dragonflies. Dragons in the air: 2 p.m. July 19.