WILLMAR -- Jordan Ray Smith drove in five runs in the first inning as Willmar VFW I belted Ortonville 20-1 on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Post 1639 won't play again until Friday when they meet the winner of Madison versus Morris at 5 p.m. at home. Willmar hosts the final eight Thursday through Sunday. Smith crashed a two-run triple off the center-field fence to drive in Logan Birkland and Jordan John Smith for a 2-0 lead.
RAYMOND -- Home runs from Kyle Knott and Tom DeBoer helped Raymond clinch a spot in the Region 15C playoffs as the Rockets stymied Bird Island 7-2 Sunday in the Cornbelt South playoffs. Knott got Raymond (26-10) on the board first with his solo home run in the first. Bird Island then tied it in the third when Gregg Helin's fielder's choice knocked in Andy Dollerschell. The Rockets answered with two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth on DeBoer's two-run shot. Bird Island cut the Rockets' lead to 5-2 in the eighth when Wade Dollerschell scored on an error.
WILLMAR -- For the second straight year an Anderson took home the top prize at the Eagle Creek Men's Stroke Play Club Championship. This time it was Jim Anderson who shot an even par 34-40-34-108 for a three shot victory over runner-up Jim Schammel. A year ago, Anderson's kid brother, Danny, won the tournament by shooting a 110, then besting Andy Jacobson in a playoff. Jacobson, the Lakeland champion, was at the MGA State Amateur Open, where he shot 76-73-75-224.
Three District 5 playoff games are scheduled for today at various sites. Unbeaten and top seed Willmar I hosts Ortonville, Morris is at Madison and Montevideo hosts New London-Spicer. All games start at 6 p.m. Willmar II is at Alexandria on Tuesday in the other quarterfinal-round game.
Montevideo was the only top seed to advance to the District 7, Division II Final Four which begins Tuesday in Montevideo. Montevideo, the No. 1 seed in the Southwest sub-section, topped Granite Falls 17-7 on Saturday, then edged Cottonwood 5-4 on Sunday. Glenwood, the No. 2 seed in the Northeast sub-section, upset top-seeded Kerkhoven. Fairfax, No. 2 in the Southwest, knocked off No. 1 MACCRAY. No report was available on the championship game in the Northwest between No. 1 Wheaton and No. 2 Morris.
ATWATER -- Fueled by an 18-hit attack, Willmar stayed alive in the Cornbelt South playoffs by upending Atwater 10-6 Sunday evening. Atwater (10-13) had beaten Willmar 3-1 in the opener last Wednesday, but the Rails (9-9) struck early and often the second time around to eliminate the Chuckers.
NEW LONDON -- Paul Tuchscherer of Brainerd defeated Brent Gloege of Fargo, N.D., 6-2, 6-3 for the Men's Open championship of the Waterdays Tennis Tournament played Friday through Sunday. Tuchscher played 3-singles for Concordia, Moorhead, last spring as a junior. In Women's Open, Rachelle Kunde of Marshall stopped Alicia Otto of St. Cloud 6-2, 6-3 in the final.
BUFFALO -- Willmar entered the ASA/MSF 16-and-under state tournament with a perfect 17-0 record, but lost all three games on Saturday. Bemidji topped Willmar 7-2 in the opener as Willmar committed four errors. St Clair edged Willmar 5-4 in nine innings in the second game and Sauk Rapids beat Willmar 12-5 in the third game. Allie Sweep and Emily Klein had four hits each in the tournament for Willmar. Klein drove in three runs and Sweep two. Sarah Hulscher had three hits and two RBI.
VFW Baseball DISTRICT 5 Ortonville at Willmar I, 6 p.m. Morris at Madison, 6 p.m. New London-Spicer at Montevideo, 6 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Rails stayed alive to play another day with a 5-0 victory over Sacred Heart Friday evening at Bill Taunton Stadium. The Rails face Atwater next in the elimination bracket of the Cornbelt South amateur playoffs -- 6 p.m. Sunday by the pond in Atwater. Bird Island and Raymond play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Raymond in the winner's bracket. The winner of that game is guaranteed a place in the region tournament. Left-hander Cody Scott tamed Sacred Heart on three hits while striking out 10. "Cody's curve ball was tough," said Steve Wetterling, the Rails' catcher.