GRANITE FALLS - Veteran pitcher Curt Kvam shut Willmar down for seven innings and the Granite Falls Kilowatts went on to deflate Willmar 5-1 in the Cornbelt South League on Sunday afternoon at Richter Park. Kvam struck out 10 and his relief, Luke Berg, three more without issuing a pass. Willmar's got a spark when Steve Wetterling homered over the Richter Park wall in the eighth off Berg. The Kilowatts managed only five hits off three Willmar pitchers but took advantage of four walks, several wild pitches and four Willmar errors. Michael Hinde drove in two runs with a double and Jay Magnus
HAMBURG - The Raymond Rockets took third place at the eight-team Hamburg Invitational this past weekend. Raymond's Mike Kragenbring and Kyle Knott were chosen to the all-tournament team. Raymond edged Waconia 3-2 in the quarterfinals before losing to Plato 12-5 in the semifinals.
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WILLMAR - Andy Jacobson, who won the Galen Skramstad Invitational in Marshall on Saturday, shot a four-under 104 to win the 27-hole Eagle Creek Early Bird Tournament on Sunday.
Legion Baseball Eden Valley at Willmar, 6:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. BOLD at Litchfield, 6:30 p.m.
ST. PAUL - Litchfield senior Natalie Devine completed two of the four events she qualified at the state meet Friday, winning the Class A high jump title and placing sixth in the long jump. Devine, the only area state qualifier, male or female, to qualify in more than two events, will compete in the 100 hurdles and the triple jump today at Hamline Univesity. Devine and Toni Tollefson of Lake Park each jumped 5-6, but Devine was given the title on fewer misses.
Jed Danielson, a North Dakota State senior from New London, narrowly missed a school record in the 800-meter run when he ran a personal-best 1:48.88 last Sunday at the Jim Bush Southern Cal USATF Championships at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Danielson was sixth in the meet and finished just off the NDSU school mark of 1:48.51 set by Heith Janke in 1998. Danielson won the Division Independent championship on May 13 in 1:51.01. He will compete Sunday in Stanford, Calif. in an attempt to qualify for the U.S. Championships that will be held June 21-25 in Indianapolis.
Brady Toops, a 2000 New London-Spicer graduate, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals out of the University of Arkansas, was released May 23. Toops was batting .194 in limited action as a backup catcher for Class A Palm Beach. Toops, a standout defensive catcher whose batting average was beginning to rise recently, is still hoping to catch on with another team. Toops played last season with Quad Cities and Palm Beach.
WILLMAR - The entire Willmar starting lineup got consecutive hits to open the game as Willmar plated 11 runs in the first inning en route to shutting out Benson 16-0 in VFW baseball Friday. Leadoff hitter Mike Dunham led off the bottom of the first with a double and George Jacobson III, batting third, also doubled as Jordan John Smith, Jordan Ray Smith, Matt Odom, Logan Birkland, Alex Malmgren, Ben Ruter, Travis Hanson and David Anderson singled. Malmgren went 4-for-4 and Jordan John Smith collected three hits to help Willmar outhit Benson 18-1.
BURNSVILLE - Litchfield junior Brian Ward finished fourth in his first-ever state tournament appearance after losing twice Friday at the Northwest Athletic Club. Ward lost 6-1, 6-1 to Marshall School of Duluth's Max Busch in the Class A semifinals before falling 6-1, 6-4 in the third-place match to David Croonquist of Mounds Park Academy.