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.
LITCHFIELD -- The Litchfield Dragons celebrated their season opener with four home runs, including three in succession, on the way to routing Watertown-Mayer 9-2 in Wright County baseball Thursday. With the game tied 2-2 in the fourth inning, designated hitter Marcus Buschette drove a three-run homer over the fence in left-center field at Optimist Park for a 5-2 lead. The next inning, leadoff hitter Jordan Lecher smacked a two-run homer to left-center field.
PAYNESVILLE -- Minnewaska pounded out 19 hits, but barely held off a late-inning charge from Paynesville, beating the Bulldogs in West Central North action 13-11 Thursday. The Lakers (2-0, 3-0) held a comfortable 13-4 lead in the sixth inning before Paynesville (1-2, 3-2) rattled off seven runs. Melanie Mages hit a two-run home run to highlight the rally. Javen Pauly and Brandi Mithun had three hits each to lead Minnewaska.
ST. CLOUD -- The final score might not have looked like it, but Willmar showed progress Thursday against St. Cloud Tech in comparison to last season. St. Cloud Tech prevailed 6-1 in the Central Lakes Conference meet, handing Willmar (1-1, 5-1) its first loss of the season. Last season, Willmar won an average of 34 games in two meet losses to the Tigers. In this one, the Cardinals notched 58 wins. "We've been winning the close matches this year," said Willmar coach Loren Holter.
RICE -- Defending Central Lakes champion Alexandria had little trouble negotiating the Oak Hill Golf Club Thursday, shooting a 309 to outdistance host Sauk Rapids by 16 strokes in the first conference meet of the season on Thursday. Willmar shot a 343 for sixth place. Derek Hilding's 81 led the squad. "I think we were a little nervous in that first nine," said coach Dave Ellwood. "Our kids found out today it takes a little more focus and desire to compete in league play." Team scoring (1) Alexandria 309 (2) Sauk Rapids 325 (3) St.
LITCHFIELD -- Senior Kelly Myhre fired a 42 Thursday to claim medalist honors and help Willmar beat Litchfield by 15 shots. Myhre was eight shots lower than second-place finisher and teammate Jenna Bernhagen on the back nine. Kelly Swanson paced Litchfield with a 51.