BELGRADE — The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa girls tennis team showed some depth on Monday against Long Prairie/Grey Eagle/Upsala/Swanville but couldn't complete the comeback, losing 4-3. Long Prairie won each of the top three singles matches including a close battle between Ally Ecker and BBE's Morgan Meyer that Ecker won 6-4, 6-4. BBE's Mallory Bents won convincingly at fourth singles, though, beating Maddie Hall 6-1, 6-1.
DASSEL—A big seven-run second inning and solid relief pitching helped Raymond down Delano 9-6 in the first round of the 2016 Class C Amateur Baseball State Tournament on Friday. The Rockets advanced in the single-elimination tournament to face Lamberton at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 in Dassel. Walks, two errors and RBIs from Eric Hulterstrum, Mike Jeseritz, Kyle Knott and Calvin Kosminskas accounted for the Rockets' big second inning. Raymond added two more runs in the third off Delano reliever Jordan Flick to build a 9-0 lead.
FERGUS FALLS—The Willmar VFW I team at least has a couple of wins to show for their work at the VFW State Tournament. Post 1639, which lost in the first round Thursday and faced a long trek back through the losers' bracket, had their season come to an end in a 5-0 loss to Mendota on Friday at Farmers Field. Willmar I entered the tournament on an 18-game and, after an opening-round loss to Hibbing on Thursday, defeated Luverne 3-2 Thursday night, then knocked out New Ulm Gold 6-4 in nine innings on Friday.
SPICER—The Willmar Stingers had a tough start at their new home on Friday but Greg Lambert found a way to make them settle right in. Lambert hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh and final inning as Willmar rallied from a five-run deficit to salvage a 7-6 victory in the second game of a doubleheader with Waterloo at Green Lake Diamond. With Bill Taunton Stadium still underwater, the Stingers took to Green Lake Diamond in Spicer for the final four games of the 2016 season, starting with a doubleheader against Waterloo on Friday.
PAYNESVILLE—New London-Spicer's amateur team couldn't find a solution for Regal's Shane Rademacher on Sunday and was sent to the losers' bracket of the Region 15C tournament with a 5-1 loss. Rademacher led off and pitched for the Eagles, going the distance in the win. The Twins managed to get him out in his first at-bat of the game but they weren't so lucky when he came around to bat in the second inning with a 1-0 lead and runners on second and third. He hit a single to left-center field, driving in two runs to make it a 3-0 ball game.
WILLMAR—Nick Simar of Willmar, Dustin Virkus of Clarfield, Randy Laage of Brooten, Keith Thell of Foley, Dan Ebert of Lake Shore, Tim Johnson of Brainerd and Dave Mass of East Bethel all won features on Thursday at KRA Speedway. Simar won the Hobby Stocks after placing second in his heat race, and Virkus won the Hornets after a third-place finish in the second heat. Laage won the Midwest Modifieds second heat and carried that momentum to victory in the feature.
WAUPUN, Wis.—The Glenwood/Lowry Legion team waxed the host team, Waupun, 12-1 in five innings on Friday to move on in the Central Plains Regional Tournament. G/L opened the tournament with a 7-1 win over Henderson, Nevada, on Thursday. G/L plays Kansas in the winners' bracket at 12:30 p.m. today, and then plays a second game on Saturday. Against Waupun, G/L's Colin Richards was 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, and Jackson Hendrickson also had three hits and drove in a pair. G/L broke the game open with 10 runs in the second inning.
GRANITE FALLS—Cottonwood's legion team was able to handle Montevideo with ease on Sunday, winning the District 7, Southwest Sub-District title 8-0 on Sunday the arm of Bayley Enstad and timely hitting. Cottonwood put up two crooked numbers in the second and the third inning including six in the third. With the way Enstad was dealing, that was plenty. Enstad only allowed three hits in seven innings and struck out three on the day.
ATWATER—Tri-Town's legion team used a strong pitching performance from Payton Kinzler to beat Eden Valley-Watkins 3-1 and advance to the next round of the winner's bracket of the Division II District 7 East Sub-District playoffs. Tri-Town opened the scoring in the first and piled on a couple more in the third. Kinzler helped his own cause, going 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs in the game. On the mound, Kinzler went the distance, allowing six hits and a run in the process. He also struck out five.
EDEN VALLEY—A battle of the No. 4 and 5 seeds proved to be as close as advertised on Tuesday with the Eden Valley-Watkins Legion team edging out Litchfield 3-2 to open the Division II District 7 East Sub-District playoffs. EVW scored all of its runs in the second inning and Litchfield did all of its scoring in the fifth. The teams were evenly matched in terms of hitting, too, as the teams each had four hits.