Results Thursday WILLMAR -- Jamie Flickinger, Adam Olson and Shane Sabraski were among the feature winners at the KRA Speedway on Thursday. In Mod-4's, Flickinger of Sauk Rapids held off Dustin Zieske of Danube for the checkered flag. Jesse Yarmon of Paynesville was third, Dean Larson of Pennock fourth and Nick Egge of Kandiyohi fifth.
WILLMAR -- The top four spots in the Willmar I VFW batting order collected nine of the team's 14 hits and scored seven runs to lead Willmar to a 12-5 win over Alexandria Friday. Logan Birkland had two hits in the leadoff spot, followed by J.J. Smith (3-for-3 with three runs), George Jacobson (2-for-3 with two doubles) and J.R. Smith (2-for-3 with a double and triple). Alex Malmgren, batting sixth also had two hits. J.J. Smith picked up the win, allowing four runs on three hits in 5Zc innings. He struck out nine and walked four.
MOORHEAD -- After Morris tied the game in the fourth, Moorhead scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to win 9-6 in Legion baseball Friday. Andy Lembcke gave Morris (2-1) a quick 3-0 lead in the first after driving in Chase Rambow and Craig Knochenmus -- both drew walks -- with a three-run homer to left-center. Rambow later singled in Matt Wohlers in the second. Griffith and Wohlers had two hits apiece. Josh Griffith delivered a two-out single in the fourth to tie the game.
BIRD ISLAND -- Gregg Helin went the distance, outlasting both a third-inning downpour and some untimely errors in the field, to help Bird Island edge Norway Lake-Sunburg 4-3 Friday in Cornbelt League amateur baseball. The Lakers were down to their last out while trailing 3-2, when two walks and two errors at third base allowed the tying run to score. But the Islanders used three walks off reliever Jake Suter and a two-out error to end the game in the bottom of the ninth. Mark Neubauer came around from second to score on an Andy Dollerschell grounder to third.
Benson's annual Wooden Bat Tournament is this weekend with seven games scheduled. Benson meets Kerkhoven at 9 a.m., Madison and BOLD square off at 10:30 a.m., Benson and Tri-Town then meet at 12:30 p.m. before Kerkhoven and Madison at 2 p.m. and BOLD and Tri-Town at 3:30 p.m. close out the day on Saturday. The two teams with the best records will play in the championship at 2:30 p.m. while the next two best records will meet in the consolation championship at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Due to a lower number of entrants, the Cardinal Tennis Classic this weekend has been canceled.
Due to incorrect information supplied to the West Central Tribune, Mary Jo DeCathelineau of Spicer was left out of the list of finishers at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth Saturday. DeCathelineau finished the race in a time of 4:42:18 and finished 4,300 overall and 1,383 in the female division.
ST. CLOUD -- Ross Van Hauen and Jeremy Elkjer combined to shut out Cold Spring while Jason Otte and Matt Roisum delivered two-run singles to help Willmar pick up a 7-0 win at Dick Putz Field in the first round of the St. Cloud Invitational. Van Hauen gave up just two hits while striking out four in five innings to pick up the win. Elkjer completed the shutout after allowing one hit in two innings of relief. Van Hauen also pitched six shutout innings in Willmar's 9-0 win over Litchfield last Thursday. Willmar (5-2) scored all of its runs in the first four innings.
BIRD ISLAND -- Kerkhoven continued its marathon run by winning its fourth game in as many days, 10-5 over BOLD Thursday. Kerkhoven remained perfect at 6-0. The team will have today off, then play in the Benson Wood Bat tournament, which starts Saturday. Kerkhoven scored eight of its 10 runs in the first three innings. All 14 hits were singles. Adam Lesteberg led the way with four hits and three RBI. Darrin Carlson and Jason Fernholz had two hits each. Jared Johnson started for Kerkhoven and pitched the first three innings. He allowed two runs on four hits, striking out one.
Late result Wednesday WILLMAR -- Elvis Pineda scored twice to lead a red-hot Willmar offense in a 7-2 victory over Lakeview United in 17U Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Classic III League Play on Wednesday. It was the final home game for Willmar (8-1), which clinched no less than a tie for the league title. Other goal scorers were Matt Kroneberger, Dave Swartz, Jordan Benson, Brad Leitch and Juan Dominquez , In goal, Steve Faiarolo wasn't under a lot of pressure, but did make several fine saves. The team concludes the regular season Monday at Eden Prairie.