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.
Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Bird Island at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Granite Falls at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. New London-Spicer at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart at Starbuck, 7:30 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Greenwald at Regal, 6:30 p.m. Norway Lake-Sunburg at Dassel-Cokato, 7:30 p.m. Winsted at Litchfield, 7:30 p.m. Legion Baseball Litchfield vs. Oakdale at Delano Invite, 5 p.m. New London-Spicer at Fergus Falls Invite VFW Baseball Ortonville at Willmar I, 6 p.m.
Legion Baseball MACCRAY 10, Sacred Heart 4 Tri-Town 10, Litchfield 5 NL-Spicer 9, BOLD 7 Morris 15, Benson 8 Montevideo 4, Milroy 2 Kerkhoven 4, Willmar 1
The Kerkhoven Legion baseball team puts its 12-0 record on the line today when it plays host to Willmar (8-3) at the field in Kerkhoven at 6:30 p.m. Both are District 7 clubs, but Willmar is a Division I team while Kerkhoven is in Division II for postseason play.
Tim Knapper, the current girls' basketball and baseball coach at Yellow Medicine East, will be replacing Dave Brokke as the school's activities director. Brokke was the school's director of activities for 28 years before retiring this spring.
A free introduction with training guide to triathlon events will be held July 7 at 6 p.m. at Melvin's on the Lake in Spicer. Ironman triathlete Mike Plumier of Raymond will conduct the seminar and lead a bike ride around Green Lake followed by a two-mile run. The Third Annual Green Lake Sprint Triathlon is on Aug. 13. Visit www.greenlaketri.com for information about the event.
WILLMAR -- The Atwater Chuckers exploded for eight runs over the last two innings to barrel past the Willmar Rails on Wednesday night 10-5 in Cornbelt League baseball at Bill Taunton Stadium. The uprising made a winner of Michael Malvin, who went all nine innings.
LITCHFIELD -- Tom DeBoer and Ron Hoekstra combined to hurl eight shutout innings and Mike Jeseritz led a 15-hit attack with three singles as Raymond upended Litchfield 6-1 in a non-league game Wednesday evening. DeBoer allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings to pick up the win.
Legion Baseball Willmar at Kerkhoven, 6:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Paynesville, 6:30 p.m. Benson at Morris, 6:30 p.m. Glenwood at Chokio, 6:30 p.m. Litchfield vs. Tri-Town at Atwater, 6:30 p.m. Cottonwood at Madison, 7 p.m. Montevideo at Milroy, 7 p.m. New London-Spicer vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 7 p.m. Sacred Heart vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 7 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
Amateur Baseball Atwater 10, Willmar 5 Raymond 6, Litchfield 1 Bird Island 7, Milroy 6 Hadley 5, Sacred Heart 1