RAYMOND -- Nate Hebrink had a perfect game over five innings before exiting and Raymond rapped 13 singles en route to a 10-0 win over Sacred Heart in the first round of the Cornbelt South League playoffs Wednesday night. Raymond (24-10) will host Granite Falls Friday in the second round of the double-elimination playoffs. Sacred Heart plays at Willmar on Friday. Hebrink struck out five in his five-inning stint to pick up the win. He left with the Rockets ahead 9-0.
ATWATER -- In a dual of right versus left, Michael Malvin of the Atwater Chuckers prevailed 3-1 over the Willmar Rails on a steamy Wednesday evening on the Chuckers' home field. The right hander gave up a first-inning run but blanked the visitors the rest of the way as the Cornbelt South opened its six-team, double-elimination playoff with three games last night. Top seed Raymond and Bird Island also were winners. Rails' southpaw Mark Krogstad was the losing pitcher despite giving up only three hits and fanning 16 Chuckers.
Andrew Paulson from University Golf Club in St. Paul carded his second round of 4-under 68 during the final round of the 103rd MGA Amateur Championship Wednesday at Midland Hills in St. Paul to run away with the title. Paulson's tournament score of 8-under 208 was three shots better than runner-up Clayton Rask of Monticello. Joe Schoolmeesters of Litchfield, who entered the final round tied for fourth, carded seven bogeys and only two birdies en route to posting a final-round score of 77 to tie for 21st at 220. John Spreiter, also from Litchfield, tied for 32nd with a 223.
A co-ed volleyball tournament will be held Sunday, July 30 in Olivia as part of the 16th annual Corn Capital Days. There will be power and rec divisions and the entry fee is $35 with the tournament starting at 9 a.m. Contact Joe or Judy Dollerschell at 320-523-2016 for more information.
The American Legion baseball playoffs resume tonight for area teams in District 7.
PAYNESVILLE -- Shane Kampsen tripled and singled to knock in three runs and Jamie Paul pitched seven solid innings to help Paynesville advance to the Melrose Sub-District, Division II title game by beating Sauk Centre 6-2 Tuesday night. No. 2 seed Paynesville (6-7) will play at top seed Holdingford Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Both teams already qualified for the district playoffs in St.
SPICER -- George Jacobson and David Anderson teamed up to throw a five-inning no-hitter Tuesday as Willmar VFW I slammed New London Spicer 14-0. Post 1639 will take a 18-0 record into the district playoffs. Jacobson went the first three innings fanning seven for the win. Anderson threw two flawless innings. Ethan Illies was the only NLS batter to get on base, reaching on an infield error leading off the third. It was Willmar's first error in six games. Willmar compiled nine hits, including a solo home run by Jordan Ray Smith in the first.
ST. PAUL -- Joe Schoolmeesters of Litchfield shot a 1-under 71 during the second round of the 103rd MGA Amateur Championship Tuesday to move into a four-way tie for fourth place. A day after carding three birdies and three bogeys en route to shooting par, Schoolmeesters pocketed five birdies Tuesday at Midland Hills Country Club.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar 16-under fastpitch softball team received a 7-0 forfeit win over Atwater Tuesday night in league play, improving their record to 17-0. Atwater did not have enough players. Also in league play, BOLD defeated New London-Spicer Blue 7-3. No report was available on the MACCRAY vs. New London-Spicer Black.
Amateur Baseball CORNBELT SOUTH Playoffs Willmar at Atwater, 6:15 p.m. Sacred Heart at Raymond, 7:30 p.m. Granite Falls at Bird Island, 7:30 p.m. Legion Baseball Minneapolis Southwest at Litchfield (2), 6 p.m.