Local Roundup: Litchfield softball falls to Maple Lake

LITCHFIELD--Maple Lake's Cali Maki hit three home runs and drove in eight runs to lead the Lakers to a 23-2 win over Litchfield in a Wright County Conference game on Thursday.

Lithcfield's Jasmin Estrada fields a throw from the catcher during a steal attempt by Maple Lake's Amber Klug Thursday afternoon in Litchfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune
Lithcfield's Jasmin Estrada fields a throw from the catcher during a steal attempt by Maple Lake's Amber Klug Thursday afternoon in Litchfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune

LITCHFIELD-Maple Lake's Cali Maki hit three home runs and drove in eight runs to lead the Lakers to a 23-2 win over Litchfield in a Wright County Conference game on Thursday.

Maki also worked three innings in relief to get the win.

Litchfield's Kristen Jones had two hits and Kyndra Beavers had a double in two trips.

The Dragons' take on Eden Valley-Watkins at 4:30 p.m. today in Litchfield.

Maple Lake 23, Litchfield 2


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Litchfield 010 01-2 7 9

Hitting - MAPLE LAKE: Cali Maki 4-5 hr-3 2b rbi-8 ... LITCHFIELD: Kyndra Beavers 1-3 2b, Maddy Benson 1-2 bb, Maddie Grates 1-3, Kristen Jones 2-3, Jasmin Estrada 1-3, Katelyn Cruze 1-2

Pitching - MAPLE LAKE: Maki (W) 3-2-0-0-0-4 ... LITCHFIELD: Madison Larson (L) 4-8-13-5-2-0, Estrada 1-5-10-9-4-1

Springfield 17, RCW 4

Springfield jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a five-inning win over Renville County West on Thursday. Sam Schneider led the way for the Jaguars with two hits and two of the team's four RBIs.

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RCW 000 31-4 7 2


Hitting - RENVILLE COUNTY WEST: Carli Krogman 1-3 2b rbi, Brooke Harder 1-3, Alyssa Ashburn 1-1, Emma Rice 2-3 rbi, Sam Schneider 2-3 rbi-2

Pitching - SPRINGFIELD: Kate Quesenberry (W) 5-7-4-4-2-5 ... RCW: Emma Rice (L) 3-9-9-8-6-0, Carli Krogman 2-8-8-5-6-0

Minnewaska 15, Brandon/Evansville 0

Rachel Erickson hit a two-run homer and drove in five runs as Minnewaska coasted to a 15-0 win over Brandon/Evansville on Thursday night. The Lakers scored eight runs in the first inning, which was far more than Morgan Hess would need on the hill, as she went on to throw a three-hit shutout.

Hess added three hits and drove in two runs a

Minnewaska 815 1-15 13 2

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Hitting - MINNEWASKA: Morgan Hess 3-5 r-2 rbi-2 2b-2, Bayley Pooler 1-3 rbi, Abby VerSteeg 2-3 r, Carley Stewart 1-3 r-2, Bailey Stewart 0-2, r-3, Jessica LeNew 1-1 r, Alisha Vigil 0-2 r, Kaitlyn Lange 3-3 r-2 rbi-5 hr, Rachel Erickson 2-3 r-2 rbi-3 2b 3b


Pitching - MINNEWASKA: Morgan Hess (W) 4-3-0-0-0-2

Sauk Centre 11, ACGC 8

Sauk Centre put up crooked numbers in innings three-through-five to take down ACGC in an offensive showdown.

Six Falcons earned multiple hits including Micayle Hobson and Rylie Wilner who hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning.

ACGC will host Kimball Friday night in Grove City.

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Hitting - ACGC: Maree Lee 2-4 2b r, Alex Hovey 2-3 r-2, Micayla Hobson 2-4 hr rbi-3 r-2, Rylie Wilner 1-2 hr rbi r, Miranda Lang 2-4 r, Madison Denton 2-4 rbi, Shauna Wehking 2-4 rbi ... SAUK CENTRE: Kayla Olson 2-4 2b rbi-3 r, Kailyn Seidel 2-4 2b rbi-2 r

Pitching - ACGC: Taryn Reinke (L) 6-11-11-7-4-7 ... SAUK CENTRE: Kallie Kampsen (W) 7-13-8-8-2-8

Morris/CA 9, Montevideo 8

Emma Bowman singled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth inning and Brooke Gillespie and Liz Dietz made the lead stand in a West Central Conference game on Thursday in Morris.

Gillespie had four hits and Dietz, Bowman, Piper Gibson and Kalley Hottovy all had two hits.

Montevideo's Breanna Welling had a home run among her two hits and the Thunder Hawks also turned a triple play in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Montevideo 420 011 0-8 12 3

Morris/CA 111 330 x-9 14 2

Hitting - MONTEVIDEO: Ashley McKee 1-4, Breanna Welling 2-4 hr rbi, Abby Olson 2-4, Sydney Zindel 1-3, Sydni Striech 1-3, Cali Christianson 3-4, Rachel West 1-4, Jasmyn Kronback 1-3 ... MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA: Bailey Marty 1-4, Karly Fehr 1-4 2b, Brooke Gillespie 4-4 2b, Kalley Hottovy 2-2 2b, Piper Gibson 2-2 2b, Emma Bowman 2-3, Liz Dietz 2-2

Pitching - MONTEVIDEO: Welling (L) 7-14-9-8-1-4 ... MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA: Ashley Solvie 1-7-6-5-1-2, Gillespie (W) 3.1-2-1-1-0-2, Dietz (Sv) 2.2-2-1-1-0-1

Prep Baseball

Maple Lake 8, Litchfield 4

One rough inning did Litchfield in against Maple Lake, as the Dragons lost 8-4 in the season opener. Mitch Virnig only gave up two hits over 2.1 innings, but a mixture of walks, errors and those two hits contributed to a six-run third inning for Maple Lake.

The Dragons scored two runs in the seventh, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback effort. Eight different Litchfield batters tallied one hit each.

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Hitting - LITCHFIELD: Sam Tibbits 1-2 r, Andrew Loch 1-3 r, Tyler Sangren 1-3, Zach Carlson 1-3 rbi-2, Seth Renner 1-3 2b rbi, Ezra Kaping 1-3 r, Jon Kiehn 1-3, Mitch Virnig 1-2 ... MAPLE LAKE: Hunter Malacheck 3-4 rbi-2 r-3, Ben Clapp 2-3 r

Pitching - LITCHFIELD: Virnig (L) 2.1-2-6-2-3-2, Sangren 2.2-5-1-0-0-2, Owen Boerema 1-2-1-0-0-1 ... MAPLE LAKE: Grant Mergen (W) 4-5-2-2-4-5, Riley ? 3-3-2-2-0-1

Minnewaska 9, Osakis 7

Minnewaska scored nine early runs but had to hold off a late surge from Osakis for a 9-7 victory.

Colin Richards had a strong start with 12 strikeouts in five innings pitched. It was the Lakers' offense, though, that had the lasting impression. All nine starters earned hits including Jake Hoffman and Jake Heid who each went 3-for-4. Minnewaska logged 17 hits as a whole in the victory.

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Hitting - OSAKIS: Isaac Froemming 2-2- rbi r... MINNEWASKA: Connor Westberg 2-3 rbi-3, Shaun Stumpf 1-3 r, Matt Gruber 2-4 r, Colin Richards 1-3 rbi r, Ryan Christenson 1-3 rbi r, C Weidauer 2-4 r, Jake Hoffman 3-4 rbi-3 r, Jake Heid 3-4 r-2, Sean Kelling 2-2 r

Pitching - OSAKIS: Isaac Infanger (L) 5-15-9-9-2-1, Logan Harshorn 1-2-0-0-0-0 ... MINNEWASKA: Richards (W) 5-2-1-1-1-12, Stumpf 1-2-0-0-0-1, Gruber 1-7-6-6-1-2

NLS 17, Montevideo 4

Evan Haugen threw 3.2 shutout innings and added two hits and three runs at the plate in New London-Spicer's 17-4 win at Montevideo.

After a scoreless first inning, the Wildcats tacked on two runs in the second before claiming a comfortable 6-0 lead in the third. Paxton Nelson went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs.

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Hitting - NEW LONDON-SPICER: Will Roguske 2-3 r rbi, Josh Soine 0-4 r-2, Evan Haugen 2-4 r-3, Derek Dolezal 1-5 r-3 rbi-1, Jake Schmidt 1-4 r-3 rbi, Trey Johnson 2-2 2b r-2 rbi-2, Paxton Nelson 2-3 2b rbi-3 r... MONTEVIDEO: Derek Kilibarda 2-3

Pitching - NEW LONDON-SPICER: Haugen 3.2-3-0-0-3-4, Soine (W) 2-1-4-0-1-0, Roguske 1.1-1-0-0-0-3... MONTEVIDEO: Jake Mundt 2-1-5-3-3-1, Kilibarda 0.1-0-1-1-2-1, Seth Kuno 3.1-4-4-3-3-2, Ben Mulder 0.1-0-2-2-2-0, John VanRavenswaay 0.1-2-4-4-2-0, Blaine Sederstrom 0.2-4-1-1-0-0


Montevideo 7, Benson 0

The Thunderhawks kept their early season going strong with a shutout of Benson Thursday night. Noah Stoeckman battled at No. 2 singles with Nathan Habben 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 but the highlight of the afternoon came at No. 2 doubles. Tyler Eull and Kelvin Anderson battled back to defeat Peyton LeClair and Kyle Reese 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.

Montevideo will play again on Tuesday against YME at home.


(1) Riley Emery, M, def. Eric Hoium 6-2 6-1 (2) Noah Stoeckman, M, def. Nathan Habben 6-1 4-6 6-1 (3) Henry Strunc, M, def. Jonas Habben 6-1 6-1 (4) Chris Erickson, M, def. Taylor Duncan 6-4 6-1


(1) Brandon Johnson/Caden Marty, M, def Josh Clark/Kevin Johnson 6-3 6-2 (2) Tyler Eull/Kelvin Anderson, M, def. Peyton LeClair/Kyle Reese 3-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 (3) Donny Albers/Owen Strunc, M, def. Daniel Lamarque/Henry Dammeyer 6-1 6-0

Girls Golf

Litchfield Invitational

At Litchfield Golf Course

Things couldn't get much closer at the Litchfield Invitational Thursday night but the home Dragons won the two-person best ball tournament by the first tiebreaker over Sartell.

The Dragons finished with a 124 and Annandale took third with a 125. Willmar finished in fifth place with a 135, just ahead of New London-Spicer who tied for sixth with a 138.

The tournament only placed four scoring pairs, all of which recorded a 38. Willmar's top duo of Grace Sawyer and Amanda Mathiasen took home the championship with the lowest score on the second tiebreaker hole. Litchfield's Vaida and Livia Behnke took second by winning the fourth tiebreaker hole.

Team scoring

(1) Litchfield 124 (2) Sartell 124 (3) Annandale 125 (4) St. Cloud Tech 129 (5) Willmar 135 (6) New London-Spicer 138 (T-6) Mound Westonka 138 (8) Watertown-Mayer 159 (9) Kimball/EVW 191...Glencoe, Benson incomplete

Top Pairs

TOP FOUR- (1) Grace Sawyer/Amanda Mathiasen, Willmar, 38 (2) Vaida Behnke/Livia Behnke, Litchfield, 38 (3) Names not available, Mound Westonka, 38 (4) Nicole Nelson/Siera Dajner, Annandale, 38

Area results

BENSON - Kellie Enderson/Anna Samuelson 43 ... Nicole Ascheman/Liz Langan 43

LITCHFIELD - Behnke/Behnke 38 ... Macy Huhner/Gina Hultgren 43 ... Svea Ellingson/Delaney Zins 43

NEW LONDON-SPICER - Brooke Beuning/Danni Jamison 46 ... Dezirae Illies/Chelsea Eckhoff 50 ... Emmy Schwarz/Tayler Harrier 42

WILLMAR - Sawyer/Mathiason 38 ... Bridget Reuss/Mady Spencer 47 ... Kate Barrett-Murphy/Emily Skalla 50

Track and Field

Montevideo Invitational

The Montevideo boys track team came away with first place at its home invitational on Thursday afternoon. From an individual standpoint, Matthew "Yes" Van Eps of Central Minnesota Christian had the best all-around day, taking first place in the 100 and 400 meter dashes, as well as the long jump. Van Eps scored 18 of his team's 28 points. BOLD/BLH took third place with 42 points, Benson/KMS took fourth with 38 points, CMCS was fifth with 28 points and MACCRAY/RCW was sixth with 12 points.

Benson/KMS girls came away with second place with 42 points, behind Canby/Minneota's 98.5 points. MACCRAY/RCW took third with 41 points, followed by Montevideo with 35 points, BOLD/BLH with 31 points and CMCS with 20 points. Hannah Bentley of MACCRAY/RCW won the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

See Saturday's Tribune print edition for complete results from the invite.

Litchfield Quad

Litchfield took second in the girls division and third in the boys division as Eden Valley-Watkins swept Litchfield's home meet. The Dragons had strong individual showings including five victories in the boys and girls divisions. Emily White took first in the discus and shot put while Rebecca Schmidt topped the podium for pole vault. Litchfield girls also won the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays.

On the boys side, Ben Ammerman took first in the 3200-meter run and second in the 1600-meter run. Yet again, the Dragons excelled in the field events as Kaleb Bartlett took first in the pole vault, Steven Orzolek took first in the shot put and Kal Jackman rounded things out with a win in the discus throw.

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