MELROSE -- Melrose got a complete-game performance from Matt Moorman and moved into first place alone in the West Central North Conference with a 4-2 victory Monday over New London-Spicer. Brian Pieh went 3-for-4 to lead New London-Spicer (7-4, 9-6), which dropped two games behind Melrose.
KERKHOVEN -- Alex Baker singled in the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg a 6-5 win over Renville County West in a Camden Conference game Monday. KMS got four runs in the second inning and added another in the fourth for a 5-0 lead before RCW rallied back to tie the game with two runs in the fifth and three in the seventh. The seventh-inning rally was triggered by a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Kleinhuizen, a Paul Peterson sacrifice fly and an error. But KMS answered by filling the bases in the bottom of the inning on Adam Lesteberg'
GRANITE FALLS -- Montevideo's Tyler Kanten held Yellow Medicine East to four hits in a 3-0 win in West Central South Conference action Monday. Kanten struck out nine and walked one for the complete-game shutout. The Thunder Hawks (5-5, 7-8) scored two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth off YME (6-5, 9-5) starter Luke Berg, who took the loss. He allowed three hits, struck out four and walked seven. John Schmit led Montevideo with two hits, including a double.
Megan Wrobel of Willmar, Katie Ward of Darwin and Brittany Bachman of Litchfield were named to the all-Minnesota Intercollegiate Atheltic Conference women's tennis team Monday. Ward, at 2-singles, and Wrobel, at 6-singles, helped St. Benedict to a third-place finish at the MIAC tournament April 29-30. Ward was also named all-conference at 2-doubles. Bachman, a sophomore at St. Thomas, earned all-MIAC at 2-doubles.
The Willmar 14-and-under traveling baseball team will hold tryouts at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Swansson Blue Field. Tryouts will last one to two hours, depending on the number of players trying out. Players need to be born on or after May 1, 1991 to be eligible. For more information, call Glenn Bangen at 231-2391 or Wade Adamson 235-5384.
The Willmar girls are defending champions today at the Central Lakes Conference track and field championships at 3 p.m. today at St. Cloud Apollo. The Willmar boys tied for third last year with Alexandria behind first-place Brainerd and runner-up Little Falls.
COLD SPRING -- Two Rocori players did almost all the damage to Willmar, handing the Cardinals a 5-1 loss Monday in Central Lakes baseball action. Rocori (8-2, 9-2) leads the CLC by one game over Sartell. Willmar dropped to 6-6, 8-6. Chad Willenbring went 3-for-3 with two two-run home runs, and Aaron Traut pitched a three-hitter and collected two hits for the Spartans. "Those two guys dictated the game," said Willmar coach Brad Dean. Rocori made the most of almost every hit, scoring its five runs on six hits.
BENSON -- Jenny Noordmans had six hits and Katie Razink won twice as Benson/Hancock swept BOLD 12-4 and 6-0 to capture the West Central South Conference title outright Monday. Noordmans had four hits in the opener and two in the finale. Britta Fennell had a three-run homer in the opener, which was a continuation of a previously suspended game. Razink scattered 10 hits in the opener for the win, walking five and striking out 12. She then tossed her eighth shutout of the season, a two-hitter in the nightcap. Kristi Gass went 3-for-3 for BOLD in the first game. Game One Benson/Hanc.
PAYNESVILLE -- Paynesville collected 30 hits in a doubleheader sweep of New London-Spicer in West Central North softball Monday. Ashley Ogdahl led the Bulldogs (8-5, 11-7) to an 11-1 win by throwing a six-inning two-hitter in the first game, then Paynesville amassed 21 hits to win the second game 15-6. Paynesville held only a 2-0 lead in the first game before scoring two, three and four runs in the fourth through sixth innings, respectively.
NEW LONDON -- Behind a sweep in singles, Litchfield upended former West Central Conference rival New London-Spicer 6-1 on Monday. Peter Zender (1-singles), Brian Holmgren (2-singles), Miguel Montano (3-singles) and Scott Hentges (4-singles) all won in straight sets for Litchfield (12-2). Nick Thompson (1-singles) was the only singles player for the Wildcats to win more than one game in a set. The Wildcats (8-7) got their lone point when Ryan Woodhall and Austen Lothert won 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 at 2-doubles. Litchfield 6, NL-Spicer 1 Singles (1) Peter Zender, Lit, def.