ST. CLOUD -- Having played only exhibition games three weeks ago and the first part of its scheduled postponed, the Ridgewater softball team was anxious to play. The Lady Warriors finally got to open Monday, coming away with a doubleheader sweep of St. Cloud Technical College, the newest member of the Minnesota Community College Conference. Ignited by Laura Suter's one-hit shutout that featured 14 strikeouts, Ridgewater used a 13-hit attack to open with a 9-0 win.
NEW LONDON -- St. Cloud Cathedral easily won both boys and girls titles at the New London-Spicer Invitiational Monday. The Crusaders did it with depth; of the eight relays they won five and Melrose the other three. Three area teams -- New London-Spicer, MACCRAY and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa -- launched their track and field seasons Monday. The NLS boys powered their way to second place behind the efforts of Wade Powers who was first in both the shot put (46-11) and the discus (134-3).
KIMBALL -- Ashley Ogdahl spun a no-hitter and the Paynesville bats rapped out 16 hits as the Bulldogs crumbled Kimball 11-0 Monday to open the fast-pitch softball season. Ogdahl gave up a walk in the second inning and struck out nine. Laura Schaefer went 4-for-5 with a triple and four runs scored.
NEW LONDON - The temperature was raw enough for a late-season game of pond hockey, but four teams persevered to complete the New London-Spicer Early Bird Tennis Invitational Saturday. Willmar opened the season by beating Becker 5-2, Melrose 7-0 and New London-Spicer 6-1. "I don't think it ever got above 40 (degrees) the whole time," remarked Willmar coach Loren Holter. In a battle of undefeateds at 1-singles, Willmar's Cass Magnuson tipped the Wildcats' Nick Thompson 6-3, 6-3 during the final team match of the day.
ST. CLOUD - Ridgewater College beat St. Cloud Tech College 5-4 in eight innings and Itasca 8-5 on Saturday at Faber Field in St. Cloud. Sunday's games with the same two teams were rained out. Ridgewater 5, SC Tech College 4 The Warriors led 4-0 after three, but Tech rallied with single runs in each of the next four innings to send it into extra innings. Steve Wetterling walked in the Ridgewater eighth, was bunted to second and scored on Adam Schieck's pinch-hit double. Alex Stein threw three innings in relief of Ethan Vogt for the win.
Track and field Central Lakes Indoor Meet Saturday at St. Cloud Boys results Team scoring (1) Brainerd 129 (2) Sauk Rapids 114 (3) Willmar 94.5 (4) St. Cloud Tech 89 (5) Sartell 59.5 (6) Fergus Falls 53.5 (7) Alexandria 26 (8) Rocori 19 (9) Little Falls 7 (10) St. Cloud Apollo 2.5 Individual leaders Hurdles 55 highs: (4) Andy Boersma 8.52 (5) Paul Kimpling 8.56 Sprints 55: (8) Cory Hanson 7.02... 200: (3) Andy Boersma 24.32 ... 400: (3) Boersma 55.67 Runs 800: (8) Andrew Nicklawsky 2:18.96 ... 1600: (1) Mustafa Yusuf 4:45.22 (3) Mohamed Bedel 4:55.27 ...
New London-Spicer is scheduled to host a boys and girls track meet today beginning at 4:30 p.m. Participants scheduled to compete besides the host school are Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, MACCRAY, Lakeview, Melrose and St. Cloud Cathedral.
Grete Peterson, a junior center fielder from Granite Falls, led North Dakota State University with a .444 batting average as the Bison won three of four games at the Hawkeye Classic in Iowa City, Iowa, last weekend. Peterson, hitting .186, leads the Division I-AA team with nine stolen bases in 10 attempts this season and is second in runs scored with 10. NDSU is 11-21 so far this season.
College Softball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at St. Cloud Technical College (2), 3:30 p.m. Track and Field NON-CONFERENCE New London-Spicer Invite (Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, MACCRAY), 4:30 p.m. Baseball NON-CONFERENCE Winsted Holy Trinity vs. Hancock at Metrodome, 8 a.m. Softball NON-CONFERENCE Chokio-Alberta at Lac qui Parle Valley, 5 p.m. Litchfield at Eden Valley-Watkins, 4:15 p.m. Tennis NON-CONFERENCE New Ulm at Redwood Valley, 4:30 p.m.