Benson's annual Wooden Bat Tournament is this weekend with seven games scheduled. Benson meets Kerkhoven at 9 a.m., Madison and BOLD square off at 10:30 a.m., Benson and Tri-Town then meet at 12:30 p.m. before Kerkhoven and Madison at 2 p.m. and BOLD and Tri-Town at 3:30 p.m. close out the day on Saturday. The two teams with the best records will play in the championship at 2:30 p.m. while the next two best records will meet in the consolation championship at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Due to a lower number of entrants, the Cardinal Tennis Classic this weekend has been canceled.
Due to incorrect information supplied to the West Central Tribune, Mary Jo DeCathelineau of Spicer was left out of the list of finishers at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth Saturday. DeCathelineau finished the race in a time of 4:42:18 and finished 4,300 overall and 1,383 in the female division.
ST. CLOUD -- Ross Van Hauen and Jeremy Elkjer combined to shut out Cold Spring while Jason Otte and Matt Roisum delivered two-run singles to help Willmar pick up a 7-0 win at Dick Putz Field in the first round of the St. Cloud Invitational. Van Hauen gave up just two hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up the win. Elkjer completed the shutout after allowing one hit in two innings of relief. Van Hauen also pitched six shutout innings in Willmar's 9-0 win over Litchfield last Thursday. Willmar (5-2) scored all of its runs in the first four innings.
BIRD ISLAND -- Kerkhoven continued its marathon run by winning its fourth game in as many days, 10-5 over BOLD Thursday. Kerkhoven remained perfect at 6-0. The team will have today off, then play in the Benson Wood Bat tournament, which starts Saturday. Kerkhoven scored eight of its 10 runs in the first three innings. All 14 hits were singles. Adam Lesteberg led the way with four hits and three RBI. Darrin Carlson and Jason Fernholz had two hits each. Jared Johnson started for Kerkhoven and pitched the first three innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, striking out one.
Late result Wednesday WILLMAR -- Elvis Pineda scored twice to lead a red-hot Willmar offense in a 7-2 victory over Lakeview United in 17U Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Classic III League Play on Wednesday. It was the final home game for Willmar (8-1), which clinched no less than a tie for the league title. Other goal scorers were Matt Kroneberger, Dave Swartz, Jordan Benson, Brad Leitch and Juan Dominquez , In goal, Steve Faiarolo wasn't under a lot of pressure, but did make several fine saves. The team concludes the regular season Monday at Eden Prairie.
Late results Wednesday Non-League Milroy 4, Sacred Heart 3 The Saints (5-11) came back from a 4-1 deficit with two runs in the eighth, but it wasn't enough. Matt Koenen and Chris Giese led Sacred Heart with two hits each. Sacred Heart (5-11) 100 000 020 - 3 5 0 Milroy (15-4) 400 000 00x - 4 7 1 HITTING - Sacred Heart: Matt Koenen 2-for-5; Chris Giese 2-for-4, rbi; Steve Kortgard 1-for-3 ... Milroy: Eric Dolan 2-for-4, 2b; Matt Bauer 2-for-4 PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart: Brandon Wensauer (L) 8-7-4-4-5-10 ...
Legion Baseball Willmar vs. Monticello at St. Cloud Invite, 3 p.m. Morris at Moorhead, 7 p.m. New London-Spicer vs. Ely at Ely Legion Classic, 8 p.m. Amateur Baseball CORNBELT Granite Falls at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. Norway Lake-Sunburg at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Regal at Paynesville, 7:30 p.m. LAND O' DUCKS Appleton at Ortonville, 8 p.m. NON-LEAGUE Lake Henry at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. VFW Baseball Alexandria at Willmar I, 6 p.m.
Legion Baseball Willmar 7, Cold Spring 0 Kerkhoven 10, BOLD 5 Marshall 11, MACCRAY 0 Montevideo 18, Sacred Heart 2 Tri-Town 10, Eden Valley 0 Morris 16, West Central 4
Tiffany Gruber, a senior at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, was honored as KSAX-TV's Female Athlete of the Year Wednesday. Gruber helped the Jaguars to their first-ever state Class AA volleyball tournament appearance last fall. She was also a member of the school's basketball and softball teams.