Boys Golf NON-CONFERENCE Hutchinson Invite (Willmar, Litchfield), 1 p.m.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar was involved in another close match Tuesday and again the Cardinals came out on top as they edged St. Cloud Apollo 4-3 in the Central Lakes Conference. Sophomore Matt Hallstrom earned the decisive fourth point for Willmar (3-3, 7-4) with his 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 win at 3-singles. Brendan Sheehan won 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at 4-singles to give the Cardinals a split in singles.
PRINSBURG -- Renville County West won the battle of winless teams, thumping Central Minnesota Christian 18-5 and 16-5 in a Camden Conference doubleheader Tuesday. The Jaguars, who entered the games 0-6 in the league and 0-7 overall, scored their 34 runs on 20 hits. Kelsey Prahl led RCW with four hits in two games. Game One RCW 18, CMCS 5 CMCS 012 20 - 5 8 18 RCW 850 5x - 18 10 3 HITTING - Central Minnesota Christian: Greta Evink 1-for-2, 3 sb's; Erin Erickson 2-for-3; Rachel Duininck 1-for-3; Alyssa Tebben 1-for-2; Alexis Meyer 2-for-3; Jamie Thissen 1-for-3 ....
BENSON -- Junior Katie Razink spun a one-hitter and was backed by a 16-hit attack as Benson/Hancock drubbed Lac qui Parle Valley 10-0 in a West Central South Conference game Tuesday. The win avenged an 8-7 loss to the Eagles on April 11 in Madison and boosted the Brave/Owls (5-1, 9-2) into first place alone as BOLD (2-2, 4-4) fell to Montevideo. Benson/Hancock plated five runs in the third inning, highlighted by Courtney Frank's two-run single and Ashley Lindahl's two-run double. Tara Thielke went 3-for-3 and Jenny Noordmans 3-for-4.
Unbeaten in the West Central South Conference, Lac qui Parle Valley (6-0, 9-2) plays Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (3-2, 6-2) today in a baseball game scheduled for Grove City. The Eagles lead the conference with a 6-0 record. With a 3-2 record, the second-place Falcons need to win to keep LQPV in their sights. In softball, WCS leader Benson/Hancock (4-1, 8-2) hosts Lac qui Parle Valley (4-2, 7-4), which is just a half game out of first place. It will be the Brave/Owls first home game of the season.
Billy Spieker, a Southwest Minnesota State University junior pitcher from Willmar, was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Pitcher of the Week Monday. The left-hander earned his first career victory in the Mustangs' 5-3 victory over Minnesota State Mankato last Wednesday. Spieker (1-4), who missed last season due to arm surgery, scattered six hits over six innings while allowing three runs and fanning three.
MINNEOTA -- Grant Johnson and Nathan Schlagel combined for a three-hitter to lead Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to a 7-2 win over Minneota in Camden Conference baseball action Monday. Johnson pitched the first five innings and gave up one run on two hits. Schagel allowed a run on one hit in two innings. Both struck out two and walked two. At the plate, the Fighting Saints (3-1, 5-1) recorded 12 hits. Alex Baker went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. All three Johnsons -- Grant, Justin and Jared -- added two hits each.
BROOTEN -- Emily Roelike stole home in the first inning for Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's only run Monday as Brandi Bast and the Jaguars blanked Holdingford 1-0 in the Central Minnesota Conference. Roelike led off the bottom of the first with a single before stealing second base and advancing to third on an error. When Holdingford threw out Jena Schroeder -- who had reached base when Holdingford's right fielder dropped a fly ball -- at second, Roelike took off from third to score on the double-steal attempt. Bast surrendered four hits while issuing only one walk and striking out two.
ST. CLOUD -- Willmar's Sam Warzecha emerged from a steady rain to win the St. Cloud Apollo Invitational on Monday at the Territory Golf Club. The Cardinal sophomore triumphed in an extra-hole playoff with Bryce Hanstad of Alexandria after both finished the rain-abbreviated tournament one-under par for nine holes. On the first hole of sudden death, Warzecha drained his 10-foot putt for par while Hanstad missed his from six feet. Alexandria won the invitational with a combined score of three over par.
BENSON -- Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg placed two girls in the top five, which led an 11-stroke win over Yellow Medicine East in the third meet of the West Central South Conference Monday at Benson Country Club. Meghan Bredeson of the Sting took medalist honors with a 45, but Benson/KMS countered with Holly Erickson in second with a 46 and Suzanne Maanum tied for fourth at 49. Benson/KMS leads the league standings with 21 points, followed by YME with 17. Team scoring (1) Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 200 (2) Yellow Medicine East 211 (3) Lac qui Parle Valley 211 (4) Atwater-Cosmos-Gr