BECKER - Mackenzie Jones fired a two-hitter to propel Willmar past Becker 5-0 on Thursday and into the Section 5AAA winner's bracket final. The Cardinals, 2-0 in the playoffs, will take on top-seeded Rocori at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Big Lake. Jones went 3-for-4 from the plate to single-handedly out-hit Becker. She knocked in a pair of runs and finished with a double and a stolen base. She struck out six and walked just one. Jordyn Swoboda and Hannah Johnson each added a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Cardinals. Willmar 5, Becker 0
MURDOCK—KMS broke out the bats to kick off their playoff run, topping Dawson-Boyd 12-2 and Yellow Medicine East 10-2 Tuesday afternoon. The Saints got the Section 3A tournament going against the Sting, where the hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead through two innings that turned into 11-0 through four innings. YME added a run in the fifth inning and one more in the seventh to give the game the 10-2 final. Cassie Weir led the Sting with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
FERGUS FALLS - Willmar baseball split a pair with Fergus Falls Tuesday afternoon behind a strong offensive outing and a narrow defeat. The Cardinals won game one 9-2 thanks to a five-RBI day from Jon Broman who tripled twice and also scored a run. Jack Baumgart also contributed to the offensive splurge, logging a double and a triple with an RBI and run scored. Fergus Falls kept Caleb Owens hitless but he scored three times nevertheless. Brady Bauman tossed six solid innings for the win, striking out eight with only one unearned run to his credit.
MORRIS - Jake Hoffman double and drove in three runs, Clay Blair had a hit and two runs batted in and Connor Westburg, Ryan Christensen and Colin Weidauer all had two hits as Minnewaska defeated Morris/Chokio-Alberta in five innings on Monday at Chizek Field. The Lakers' Matthew Gruber worked all five innings, allowing a run on three hits and striking out six. Morris/CA's Chandler Vogel had two hits, including a double. Minnewaska 12, Morris/CA 1 Minnewaska 630 03-12 11 3 Morris/CA 000 10-1 3 3
LITCHFIELD—Jasmin Estrada homered, doubled and drove in two runs and Kristin Jones had two hits, including a double, drove in two runs and scored three times as Litchfield thumped Brooklyn Center 15-0 in the first round of the Section 5AA playoffs on Monday. Litchfield's Avery Stilwell also had a hit and drove in two runs and Sydney Braaten had two hits and an RBI. The Dragons' Maddy Larson allowed just two hits over four innings, walking two and striking out four.
Ask any local coach about their top athlete and they will inevitably say, "If I could just have three of that person, we'd be great." It's a statement of respect but unless that player is a farm animal, cloning isn't exactly an option. Willmar head tennis coach Jim Anderson doesn't need any technological advancements in order to triplicate his best player. He needs to look no further than Hunter, Peyton and Will Fischer.
SPICER - Paynesville's Sam Oehrlein turned in a rugged outing on the mound and the Bulldogs touched New London-Spicer for 12 hits in a 7-4 win on Friday at Green Lake Diamonds. Oehrlein worked a complete game, allowing just one earned run on five hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. The Bulldogs Zac Osendorf had three hits and drove in two runs and Zach Schroeder had two hits, an RBI and he scored twice. Grant Ludwig had two hits and an RBI. NLS' Will Roguske was 2-for-3 with a double and he drove in four runs.
ELROSA - BBE took an early lead in their home BBE Invite Friday night against Willmar but the Cardinals quickly made that lead disappear. Willmar rebounded from the 1-0 deficit to take an 11-1 win in the opening night of the wood bat tournament held in Elrosa. The Cardinals racked up 13 hits, including four doubles, on the way to their sixth win of the season. Caleb Owens led from the top of the lineup with a pair of hits and RBIs. He was joined by Jon broma, Drey Dirksen and Caleb Ditmarson, who each had two-hit games.
WILLMAR - Alexandria shot 345 to win the Willmar Invitational on Friday at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Willmar. Alexandria's Cora Larson was medalist and Lac qui Parle Valley's Rachel Halvorson shot 80 to place second. Minnewaska's Grace Names shot 85 to tie for third. Willmar Invite At Eagle Creek Golf Club, Willmar Team scoring (1) Alexandria 345 (2) Sartell 358 (3) Minnewaska 364 (4) Lac qui Parle Valley 371 (5) Brainerd 379 (6) Fergus Falls 396 (7) Willmar 398 (8) Rocori 405 (9) St. Cloud Tech 407; MACCRAY and Sauk Rapids incomplete Individual
MONTEVIDEO—Jordyn Mortensen hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning as ACGC capped a comeback and defeated Montevideo 8-7 in Game Two of a West Central Conference doubleheader on Thursday. ACGC took the first game 7-4, holding off a Thunder Hawks' rally in the final inning after building a 7-0 lead. In the second game, ACGC's Pailey Wilner had two hits and drove in three runs and Rylie Wilner had two hits and Alex Hovey and Jade Bierwerth both drove in runs.