MANKATO - Willmar lost ground in the Northwoods League North Division second-half race as Mankato pounded 16 hits off Stingers pitchers in an 11-4 victory on Tuesday at Franklin Rogers Park.
The loss dropped the Stingers into a second-place tie with Mankato at 16-8, two games behind division-leader Duluth (18-6). The Stingers have a chance to make up ground against Duluth today when the Huskies and Willmar tangle in a doubleheader at Bill Taunton Stadium. Game times are 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.
Willmar started strong on Tuesday, scoring four runs in the top of the second inning. But that was it for run production. After touching up MoonDogs' starter Brett Newberg for the second-inning runs, Newberg and three relievers ended the game with seven scoreless innings.
Willmar's Jaxon Hallmark had two hits and drove in a run, and Caleb Ricca and Davis Elliot both had doubles and drove in run.
Willmar 040 000 000-4 7 2
Mankato 010 131 40x-11 16 0
Hitting - Willmar: Matt Rudick 1-4 rbi, John Trousdale 1-3 3b r, Jayson Newman 0-2 r, Caleb Ricca 1-3 2b rbi r, Davis Elliot 1-2 2b rbi r Jaxon Hallmark 2-3 rbi ... Mankato: Austin Bull 3-5 2b rbi-2 r, Garrett Mitchell 3-4 hr rbi-2 r, Jake Shepski 1-4 rbi-2 r-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Corey Binger (L) 5.2-11-6-6-2-3, Michael Cartwright 2.1-5-5-2-1-3 ... Mankato: Brett Newberg (W) 5.1-6-4-4-2-3, Brandon Pfaadt 1.2-0-0-0-0-2, Jake Shepski 1-1-0-0-0-3, Matt Arens 1-0-0-0-0-2
with La Crescent
The New London-Spicer Legion team opens the Minnesota Division II State Tournament against La Crescent at 1 p.m. Friday in Pelican Rapids.
If NLS wins, they play the winner of the Stephen/Argyle and Springfield opener at 5 p.m. Saturday.
If NLS loses its opener, they play the loser of that game in the consolation semifinals at 9 a.m. Saturday.
In Friday's other first-round games, Sauk Centre plays Wadena at 4 p.m., and LeSueur/Henderson plays the host team, Pelican Rapids, at 7 p.m.
The tournament runs Friday through Sunday. The consolation championship is 2 p.m. Saturday, the third-place game is 11:30 a.m. Sunday and the title game is 2 p.m. Sunday.
Brace wins Classic
Area athletes competed in the Cardinal Classic tennis tournament this weekend at the Willmar High School courts with champions in six different divisions.
Jesse Brace topped all competitors to win the Men's Open Singles championship and Annie Sundry took home the Women's Open Singles championship. Brace won three matches in the 13-man tournament. He won his opening match against Hunter Fischer and moved on to defeat Hunter's brother, Peyton, 6-4, 6-1. Brace topped Kyle Jordre in the finals 6-3, 6-4.
Sundry defeated Ashley Pitzen in her first match 6-3, 6-1 and topped Chloe Hansen 6-4, 6-3 for the championship.
Brent Gloege joined New London-Spicer tennis coach Chad Schmiesing to win the packed Men's Open Doubles tournament, upsetting last year's winners, Kyle and Tony Rice, in a dramatic 1-6, 6-3, 10-6 victory. Schmiesing and Gloege also topped the double spairs of Jeraco Parsa/Colton Husby, Hunter Fischer/Nate Jordre and Neil Rademacher/Paul Bates.
Schmiesing came close to another title but fell just short in the Mixed Open Doubles tournament with Isabelle Schmiesing. Will Fischer and Lydia Morrell topped the Schmiesings 6-1, 6-4 in the final.
Isabelle had her fair share of glory, too, winning the Women's Open Doubles tournament with Erin Loterbauer, topping Lydia and Alyssa Morrell 6-4, 6-2.
Isaac Maddock won the Men's A Singles tournament, defeating Marquis Christenson 6-2, 6-0 in the final.