WILLMAR -- Ross Van Hauen threw a three-hitter as Willmar beat District 7 Division I rival Marshall 2-1 in a nine-inning game Tuesday evening at North Swansson Field. Post 167 piled up 10 hits, but never could give Van Hauen breathing room as the game stayed 2-1 from the third inning on. Van Hauen walked two and fanned five. The Marshall run was unearned. Marshall drew first blood in the second.
Maurey Mertens of Spicer used a five-wood to make a hole-in-one at the No. 8 hole on the Oaks course at Little Crow Country Club Monday. The No. 8 is a par-3, 162-yard hole.
Lee and Denise Landsteiner, golfing for Koronis Hills Golf Club in Paynesville, shot a first-day 77 at the Minnesota Golf Association's Mixed Team Amateur Championship Tuesday at Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Edina. J.T. Johnson of Keller Golf Club and Leigh Klasse of Meadowbrook Golf Club shot a 62 to lead the field. Action concludes today.
SPICER -- A well-rested Michael Danielson struck out 18 in nine innings as New London-Spicer Legion barreled past Litchfield 10-2 in District 7, Division I baseball Monday. Danielson had early control problems. He walked two batters starting the third and both scored on a Tyler Puckett single. After that Danielson was near perfection. The tall right-hander had to work last weekend and was unable to make the trip to the Ely Tournament. He averaged two strikeouts per inning. Litchfield was without several starters. NLS went up 5-2 in the fourth with four runs.
The Northern All-Stars, which had Paynesville's John Hemingson and Renville County West's Mitch Schwindt on the roster, lost twice in the Lions All-Star Baseball tournament Friday and Saturday at Chaska Athletic Park. The squad lost to the Metro West team 8-5 Friday and to Metro East 6-5 on Saturday. Rains forced cancellation of the remaining games Saturday. No other information was available.
The Benson Cross Country Association plans a 5K road race on July 15 as part of Benson Kid Days. Racing starts at 8 a.m. behind the high school. The association hopes to fund both junior varsity and varsity programs for the Benson area. Pre-register until July 10. On race day, register from 7-7:45 a.m. Cost is $20 for 5K and $12 for half-mile fun run. For information, phone Lauri Krosch at 320-808-1836.
The Green Lake Road Race will be held starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning starting at Saulsbury Beach Park, a block off State Highway 23 where it goes through Spicer. The annual 12-mile run, dating to the 1970s, has had about 200 finishers in recent years. The pre-registration fee is $15 or $20 the day of race. The race is part of the Glacial Lakes Championship Running Series.
The Willmar Legion Post 167 baseball team (8-3) defeated Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 5-3 on Monday in District 7 play at Fairfax. Alex Lotthammer pitched the win and Jeremy Elkjer got the save. Other details were unavailable at press time. Willmar will play host to Marshall at 6:30 p.m. today.
ATWATER -- Jeff Peterson lined a hard shot down the left-field line with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Tri-Town to a 4-3 win over BOLD in Legion baseball action Monday. Alex Schmeling led off seventh with a pinch-hit single and moved to second on Micah Nordin's sacrifice bunt. BOLD then intentionally walked Brandon Larson to load the bases. Peterson followed with his second hit of the game. Vance Martin struck out six and scattered nine hits in seven innings of work to pick up the win. Stephen Engelmann and Eric Schultz had RBI singles in the first for BOLD.
LAKEVILLE -- The Willmar 17U Boys soccer team took second place over the weekend at the Lakeville Pan-O-Prog tournament. On Saturday, Willmar defeated Lakeville 3-2 and Minneapolis Westside by a score of 4-1. On Sunday, Willmar suffered it's only lost of the tournament to the eventual champion Faribault by a score of 2-1. Willmar followed up the loss by defeating Shakopee 3-1 to clinch second place by having the second-best record in the five-team field. Matt Kroneberger led the team with seven goals followed by Angel Guzman with two, and David Reeb and Steve Fajardo with one each.