RAYMOND - Zach Nelson drove in three runs and Shawn Thissen slugged a two-run home run Wednesday to help Raymond upend Marshall 6-5 in a non-league game. Marshall (15-6) scored three times in the final two innings to take a 5-4 lead before the Rockets (22-10) scored twice in the bottom of the ninth. After Mike Kluver walked and scored on Nelson's single to tie the game at 5-5, Thissen hit a deep fly ball to center field that allowed Travis Epema, who had also walked, to easily tag up from third base and score the winning run. Thissen earlier tied the game at 4-4 in the eighth after bringing
PAYNESVILLE - The Paynesville VFW baseball team turned a rare triple play in a 17-7 victory over Annandale Tuesday night. Annandale had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth inning when Paynesville pitcher Josh Fenske dived and caught a bunt. Fenske wheeled and fired to first baseman Shane Kampsen for a force out. Kampsen then threw to shortstop Jon Kerzman, who was covering second base, to force the runner by half a step for the third out.
Legion Baseball Willmar at Sacred Heart, 6 p.m. Chokio at Morris, 6:30 p.m. Glenwood at Benson, 6:30 p.m. Litchfield at Alexandria, 6:30 p.m. Paynesville at Sauk Centre, 6:30 p.m. Cottonwood at Montevideo, 7 p.m. Granite Falls at Marshall, 7 p.m. Madison vs. MACCRAY at Raymond, 8 p.m. Tri-Town at Sacred Heart, 8 p.m. Stock Car Racing KRA Speedway in Willmar, 6:30 p.m.
The Cornbelt League baseball playoffs begin tonight with Paynesville hosting Regal at 7:30 p.m. in a pigtail game from the North Division. The winner of that game will advance to the four-team double-elimination format and will play at top-seeded Starbuck at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. New London-Spicer plays at Norway Lake-Sunburg in the other game at 1:30 p.m. The South Division playoffs begin next Wednesday.
There will be a free Laser Maker Baseball Clinic held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 29 for ages 7-14 at the baseball field in Raymond. There will be contests of skill, live games, prizes and free lunch. Every camp participant will receive a free Twins baseball card team set. Former professional baseball player Wes Hazlett will be conducting the clinic. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Montevideo (11-3) hosts unbeaten Kerkhoven (13-0) at 7 p.m. and Madison travels to South Dakota to play Big Stone City at 6:30 p.m. today in Legion baseball.
ATWATER -- Brandon Larson scattered nine hits in his complete-game win and also rapped a pair of doubles to lead Tri-Town to a 9-4 win over Glenwood on Tuesday. Vance Martin went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for Tri-Town. Luke Wallace also had two hits. Larson walked four and struck out five. Tri-Town 9, Glenwood 4 Glenwood 100 010 2 - 4 9 0 Tri-Town (11-6) 404 100 x - 9 12 3 HITTING - Glenwood: Tyler Topp 2-for-2; Zach Lagred 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Jordan Lehtola 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Jon Hoffmann 2-for-4 ...
MORRIS -- George Jacobson tossed a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Travis Hanson drove in four runs Tuesday as Willmar I stayed unbeaten with a 11-1 rout of Morris. Willmar (17-0) got on the board first when Jordan J. Smith belted a solo homer. Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Willmar blew the game open with four runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Morris scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh on a double by Dante Hein. Jacobson, Hanson and Ben Ruter had two hits apiece for Willmar. Alex Malmgren drove in two runs.
NEW LONDON -- Allie Sweep and Heather Thoma drove in three runs each as the unbeaten Willmar 16U softball team beat New London Black 6-1 on Tuesday. Sweep had one hit, but drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the third inning and two runs with a double in the fifth. Thoma had a two-run single in the first and drove in another with a single in the fourth. Chelsey Wierschem went 2-for-2 with a double for Willmar (16-0). Sara Freed pitched the first four innings for the win. She allowed one unearned run on four hits, struck out three and walked one.
ELROSA -- Mark Neubauer and Wade Dollerschell had three hits apiece as Bird Island upended Elrosa 6-2 in a non-league game Tuesday. The Islanders (16-7) pieced together three consecutive singles off Elrosa reliever Ethan Vogt in the fourth inning from Gregg Helin, Jesse Bjur and Josh Retzlaff to break a 2-2 tie. It was the first run Vogt, who will be playing for the University of Minnesota next spring, has given up in 25-plus innings of work this season. Starter Brad Gass scattered seven hits and three strikeouts in five innings to pick up the win.