BRAINERD -- Willmar handed Brainerd its first loss the season, but the Warriors came back to salvage a split in a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader Tuesday. Callie Nelsen spun a three-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and no walks to ignite Willmar's 2-0 win in the opener before Brainerd collected nine hits off Nelsen to win the second game, 5-2. It was the Cardinals' second Central Lakes Conference loss of the early season after having lost only two conference games over the previous three years. Willmar (2-2, 2-2) hosts St. Cloud Apollo Thursday at 5 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Thunder and lightning struck in the sixth inning at Bill Taunton Stadium and it was the Willmar Cardinals who got jolted. Lightning was spotted on the eastern horizon, forcing a brief halt to clear the field. Then the thunder was provided by the Brainerd bats, which produced all of its runs in the sixth inning to rally to a 7-5 victory in Central Lakes Conference baseball. Willmar led 4-0 after five innings.
GLENWOOD -- Paynesville's John Hemingson struck out 12 Minnewaska batters on the way to a 7-1 win in West Central North baseball action Tuesday. Hemingson pitched a complete game, giving up one run on six hits and walking two. The Bulldogs (3-0, 5-0) recorded nine hits and scored five runs in the top of the third inning to erase the Lakers' 1-0 lead. Hemingson, Alex Naujokas and Trent Hansen had two hits each. Hemingson doubled and drove in two runs. Aaron Kessler had two hits to lead Minnewaska (1-2, 4-2).
GLENCOE -- Litchfield's senior right-hander Tony Gutormson needed only 71 pitches to quiet Glencoe-Silver Lake with a one-hitter Tuesday as the Dragons won the Wright County Conference game 9-0. Gutormson also knocked in three runs with a single and a double.
Prep Baseball Brainerd 7, Willmar 5 LQPV 2, Morris 0 YME 7, BOLD 6 Montevideo 4, ACGC 3 Paynesville 7, Waska 1 NL-Spicer 5, LPGE 2 Pierz 5, BBE 0 GFW 17, BL-Hector 3 KMS 14, Benson 3 Litchfield 9, Glencoe-SL 0 Prep Softball Willmar 2, Brainerd 0 Brainerd 5, Willmar 2 YME 13, ACGC 10 BOLD 8, LQPV 7 Benson/Hancock 7, Montevideo 3 Minnewaska Area 2, Sauk Centre 0 Paynesville 20, Albany 5 St.
College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Rochester at Ridgewater (2), 2 p.m. College Softball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Minnesota West at Worthington (2), 3 p.m. Girls Golf NON-CONFERENCE Buffalo Lake-Hector Invite at Oakdale (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City), 12:30 p.m. Albany Invite (Benson/KMS, Minnewaska, New London-Spicer), 11 a.m.
BELGRADE -- St. Cloud Cathedral won both the boys and girls meets at the rain-shortended Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Invitational Tuesday. The Cathedral boys had 173 points. New London-Spicer was second with 136 and BBE third with 80. The Crusader girls had 176 points. Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball was second with 101, BBE third with 97 and NLS fourth with 83. The complete results will appear in Thursday's paper. In the Redwood Valley Invite Tuesday, the Redwood Valley girls and boys both finished first. The results will appear in Thursda's paper.
GRANITE FALLS -- New London-Spicer swept all three doubles matches and won two three-set matches in singles en route to beating Yellow Medicine East 6-1 in a West Central Conference dual Tuesday. David Bloomquist-Colin Wright (1-doubles), Austin Lothert-Ryan Woodhull (2-doubles), Robbie Pieh-Alex Wiegmann (3-doubles) and Jackson Wright (3-singles) all won their matches in straight sets for the Wildcats (2-0, 3-3). YME (0-2, 1-3) got its lone point at 1-singles when Eric Dubbelde beat Nick Thompson 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. NL-Spicer 6, YME 1 Singles (1) Eric Dubbelde, YME, def.
MURDOCK -- Steph Stassen went 5-for-7 and drove in four runs on the day to help Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg sweep Dawson-Boyd in a Camden Conference doubleheader Tuesday. Stassen had three RBI singles in the first game as KMS (5-1, 5-1) used 10 hits to post a 12-6 win. Stassen then collected two more singles in the second game as the Fighting Saints won 9-2. Patina Queenan gave up only two hits in the nightcap. Laura Zimmer had a run-scoring triple in both games for KMS. Tiffany Viessman drove in four runs with three hits in the opener for Dawson-Boyd (1-3, 3-3).
SAUK CENTRE -- Kasie Rust tossed a no-hitter and Laura Tvrdik had three hits as Minnewaska Area blanked Sauk Centre 2-0 in a West Central North Conference game Tuesday. Rust walked two and struck out 11 in her complete game. The Lakers (3-0, 4-0) opened the scoring in the third inning when Tvrdik led off with a triple and scored on Javen Pauley's single. In the sixth inning, Ashley Olson singled, Ashley Chan walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Tvrdik's groundout plated Olson with the second run.