On a quiet Easter weekend in area sports, only the Ridgewater Warriors baseball team is scheduled. The Warriors (17-7) play host to Riverland College of Austin at 1 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium. Zach Etter is scheduled to start the first game and either Jacolby Anderson or Andy Bauer the second game. Adam Ferrel, who has been dealing with an elbow injury, may pitch for the first time since the team's Florida trip.
ROCHESTER -- Ridgewater lost for the first time this season after it stranded 16 runners in a 5-4 loss to Rochester in the second game of a MCCC Southern Division doubleheader Friday. Sophomore Jenny Berge fueled the Lady Warriors (7-1, 7-1) in the first game by knocking in three runs in a 4-3 Ridgewater win, its seventh straight to start the season. Game One Ridgewater 4, Rochester 3 Berge's two-run single in the third inning scored Laura Suter (3-for-3) and Julie Vosejpka, who reached on an error.
Litchfield Invite Results Thursday The Litchfield boys and girls teams finished second each at their home invitational. Daren Sangren won the high jump, clearing six feet, and took second in the triple jump (39-11). Nick Davis won the discus (141-0) and added a second-place finish in the shot put (48-2). Natalie Devine won two events for the Dragon girls.
Late result Thursday Pheasant Ashby 5, Hancock 2 Hancock's lone runs came in the first inning when Casey Gramm scored on an error and in the fifth when Nate Holleman scored on Mitch Grunig's single. Grunig struck out eight and gave up only two hits and one earned run, but earned a no-decision in his five-inning start because of soreness. Ashby 000 202 1 - 5 6 * Hancock (1-1, 1-2) 100 010 0 - 2 5 4 HITTING - Ashby: Matt Ohren 2-for-4; Chris Rylander 1-for-3, 2 runs; Tim Evavold 1-for-3 ....
Results Thursday Becker Invite New London-Spicer results didn't appear in Friday's paper. Team scoring (1) Pierz 324 (2) Litchfield 338 (3) Glencoe-Silver Lake 338 (4) tie, New London-Spicer 339; Annandale 339 (6) Dassel-Cokato 342 (7) Watertown-Mayer 350 (8) Becker 352 (9) Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 356 (10) Sauk Centre 361 (11) Monticello 364 (12) Rockford 380 Individual MEDALIST - Kyle Bahe, Ann, 74 Area results LITCHFIELD - Nathan Nelson 78, Andrew Whitchurch 84, Cameron Fenrich 86, Matt Thomas 90 NEW LONDON-SPICER - Tim Dreier 83, Tony Tobkin 83, Mike Freeman 86, Chris Tobkin 87
College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Riverland vs. Ridgewater (2) at Taunton Stadium, 1 p.m. Track and Field NON-CONFERENCE Pipestone Invite (Redwood Valley), 11 a.m.
College Baseball Ridgewater 10, Minnesota West 0 Ridgewater 10, Minnesota West 0 College Softball Ridgewater 4, Rochester 3 Rochester 5, Ridgewater 4
Going out to feed the livestock just before dawn yesterday, I heard a noise behind the house. The morning was calm with just a bit of the remaining spring chill in the air. I stopped to listen and heard it again. It was the unmistakable gobble of a tom turkey. There are turkeys in my backyard and my season does not start for another week. There is something just not right about that, but it would be too easy to walk out back and bag a turkey. It is more the hunt than the actual getting the bird. Preparation for the big opening day goes on for more than a week.
Events/competitions Ducks, Wetlands and Clean Water Rally -- Join hunters, conservationists and friends of the outdoors to show support for dedicated state funding for Minnesota Conservations by attending the Ducks, Wetlands and Clean Water Rally Saturday, April 22 in St. Paul. A bus will be leaving from the J.C. Penney's side of the Kandi Mall in Willmar at 8 a.m. The cost is $15 and seating is limited. The expected return time is 5 p.m.
SPICER -- Everyone who breathes air and drinks water is invited to an Earth Day Celebration: Think Globally, Act Locally, on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free food, numerous informational booths, entertainment and fun activities for kids will be featured. Speaker Peter Ciborowski will address the effects of climate change on our state at 11:30 a.m. The Earth Day Celebration will be held at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, near Spicer, and is free to the public. Free omelets will be served from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., to the first 300 people in attendance.