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.
Registration for Willmar Summer Fast-pitch will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Kennedy Elementary cafeteria. There will also be an informational meeting for parents and players. The cost is yet to be determined. The coaches meeting is slated for April 19. Leagues begin June 5 for 14U, June 6 for 16-18U (combined), June 7 for 10U and June 8 for 12U. For more information, call Ginger at (320) 231-0097.
The Ridgewater College baseball team hosts Minnesota West in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today at Taunton Stadium in Willmar.
ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar got enough offense and more than enough pitching and defense to earn its first win of the season, 4-0, over Alexandria in Central Lakes Conference softball action Thursday. On the road for the second straight game, Willmar will be away from home again Tuesday to face Brainerd in a doubleheader. The Cardinals rapped nine hits, but stranded eight runners for the second straight game. Defensively, senior pitcher Callie Nelsen fanned 12 batters and threw a three-hit shutout.
WILLMAR -- Willmar pounded out 10 hits en route to a 12-2 rout of Alexandria in a Central Lakes Conference baseball game Thursday. The Cardinals (1-1, 1-2) also benefited from seven Alexandria errors. Two Willmar pitchers handcuffed the visiting Cardinals on two hits. Alex Lotthammer and Jeremy Elkjer had near identical pitching lines. Each went three innings, allowed one single, one earned run and struck out one. Officially, Elkjer gets the win. Offensively, there were two resounding base hits.
GROVE CITY -- After throwing a no-hitter in her first start of the season, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City junior Kalina Blackwell one-upped herself Thursday. Blackwell didn't give up a hit or a walk en route to throwing a perfect game in ACGC's 2-0 win over Montevideo in a West Central South Conference game. Kayla Dallman backed Blackwell by lining a two-out triple over the left fielder's head in the sixth inning. Bethany Nelson advanced Tiffany Schultz and Ashley Schmeling -- who had both reached on errors -- to second and third with a sacrifice bunt.
College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Minnesota West at Ridegwater (2), 1 p.m. College Softball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Rochester (2), 3:30 p.m.
The second annual Madison Sports Memorabilia Auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Madison V.F.W. The proceeds from the event go toward making improvements on the baseball field. There is a free-will burger and fries feed from 4-7 p.m. before the auction. Several autographed items of current and past sports celebrities will be among the many items to be auctioned. One of the top items is a bat signed by Twins center fielder Torii Hunter.
MORRIS -- Yellow Medicine East scored five unearned runs in the seventh inning to pull away from Morris, 7-3, in West Central South Conference baseball action Thursday. Luke Berg pitched a complete game for the win. He allowed just three hits, gave up three runs, struck out 10 and walked six. He also had one of YME's four hits, a double, and drove in one run. The Sting (1-1, 1-1) led 2-1 after six innings.