The Ridgewater Warriors play Itasca College at 12:30 p.m. today at the Rochester Community and Technical College field in the quarterfinal round of the two-day MCCC State Baseball Tournament. Other first-round pairings are Central Lakes against Dakota County, Mesabi Range versus Rochester and Fergus Falls taking on Northland. The top four teams advance to Willmar for the Region 13 Tournament May 19-21. The Warriors won the South Division with an 11-1 record. Itasca was second in the North Division with a 10-4 mark.
FERGUS FALLS -- Willmar got a 78 from Sam Warzecha to shoot 328 and finish fifth at the fifth Central Lakes Conference boys golf meet held Thursday at the Pebble Lake Golf Club. Alexandria stayed perfect by winning its fifth meet with a 301 score and now leads second-place Brainerd by 7.5 points. Trevor Gervais of Fergus Falls was medalist with a 78. Team scoring (1) Alexandria 301 (2) tie, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, both 311 (4) Sauk Rapids 323 (5) Willmar 328 (6) Little Falls 335 (7) tie, Rocori, Sartell, both 337 (9) St. Cloud Tech 338 (10) St.
APPLETON -- Lac qui Parle Valley got a 44 from medalist Kara Maatz to win on its home course Thursday with a 201 total, but Benson/KMS held on to first place overall in West Central South Conference girls golf. Yellow Medicine East, led by Meghan Bredeson's 48, finished second at 204.
ST. CLOUD -- Two sacrifice flies supplied all of the offense for Paynesville Thursday as the Bulldogs edged West Central North Conference rival St. Cloud Cathedral 2-1 in nine innings. James Paul got the win after scattering seven hits over nine innings of work. The senior worked out of a jam in the seventh, allowing only one run after the Crusaders loaded the bases to start the inning. Sam Bayer got hit by a pitch to lead off the ninth for Paynesville before moving to second base on a passed ball and to third on a ground out.
HECTOR -- Renville County West took advantage of four walks and six passed balls to score five times in the third inning en route to upending Buffalo Lake-Hector 5-4 in non-conference action Thursday. RCW (3-5) collected only five singles in the game, but the Jaguars took advantage of six walks and three hit batsmen. Andy Erickson had two hits. Joe Sparks singled twice for the Mustangs (1-9).
RAYMOND -- Zach Thissen tossed a no-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead MACCRAY to a 4-0 Camden Conference win over Canby on Thursday. Thissen struck out nine Lancer batters and walked four. Ben Reuter went 2-for-2 to lead the Wolverines (7-5) Matt Condon drove in two runs and Thissen doubled for the game's only extra-base hit. MACCRAY 4, Canby 0 Canby (4-2) 000 000 0 - 0 0 0 MACCRAY (7-5) 002 200 x - 4 8 2 HITTING - Canby: no hits ....
Prep Baseball Paynesville 2, SC Cathedral 1 BOLD 5, Montevideo 4 Hancock 9, Hillcrest LA 3 Minneota 6, CMCS 2 KMS 9, Dawson-Boyd 1 YME 4, Morris 3 LQPV 11, Benson 0 Minnewaska 5, Melrose 4 Willmar 10, Fergus Falls 1 RCW 5, BL-Hector 4 MACCRAY 4, Canby 0 Eden Valley-Watkins11, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 1 Prep Softball BBE 4, EV-Watkins 1 BOLD 10, YME 5 YME 10, BOLD 5 Benson/Hancock 7, KMS 1 LPGE 9, NL-Spicer 3 Morris 13, LQPV 9 Montevideo 8, ACGC 3 Minnewaska 8, Paynesville 7 Watertown-Mayer 14, Litchfield 4 RCW 10, BL-Hector 2 Willmar 1, Fergus Falls 0 T
Town Team Baseball NON-LEAGUE Rosen at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Minnesota Community College Conference Tournament at Rochester, TBD Prep Baseball CAMDEN Renville County West at Canby, 5 p.m. WEST CENTRAL NORTH New London-Spicer at Albany, 5 p.m. NON-LEAGUE McLeod West vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 4:30 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Minnewaska, 5 p.m. Redwood Valley vs. BOLD at Bird Island, 5 p.m. Dawson-Boyd vs.
NEW LONDON -- The Litchfield girls won the New London-Spicer Invitational behind four firsts from Natalie Devine on Thursday. Annandale won the boys half with NLS second. Devine won the 100 hurdles (16.75), the long jump (16-3), the triple jump (34-1¾) and the high jump 5-2. Joey Fragodt of Benson/KMS took first in the high hurdles (15.78), the long jump (19-5) and the triple jump (41-02). He was second to his brother Daniel Fragodt (40.71) by a split second in the 300 hurdles. Jasmine Henrich, Morris discus thrower, broke a 16-year-old school record on Tuesday at the Minnewaska meet.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals took two matches to three sets but couldn't avoid a St. Cloud Tech whitewash on Thursday, 7-0, in Central Lakes Conference tennis. Andy Neis-Tony Hafner at 3-doubles led the tiebreaking set 5-4 and 6-5 before bowing 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4). Marco Vazquez, a sophomore, also lost in three sets playing at 1-singles. "Tech has solid seniors at the first three singles spots and that experience make them pretty strong," said Willmar coach Loren Holter. Willmar hosts CLC leader Alexandria in a makeup on Monday. Alexandria beat Tech earlier 4-3. St.