Sports round up from Friday, May 9
The Alexandria boys' golf team won a close 8AAA Pre-section meet on Friday in a contest that saw the top eight teams separated by just nine strokes.
Alexandria shot a 329 to finish one shot lower than Willmar at 330. Buffalo carded a 332 and Brainerd finished at 326 to round out the top four.
Lukas Bigger and Dan Hennessey both led the way for Alexandria with 81s, good for seventh overall. Grant Zwilling shot an 83 and Cole Haugen rounded out the scoring for the Cardinals with an 84. Aaron Johnson and Will Odland shot 86 and 93, respectively.
"One thing the Cards usually do well is mentally prepare for bad weather conditions," head coach Rick Larson said of a cool, wet and windy day. "They did a great job of grinding it out. It was not the best score of our season but under the conditions, it was enough to win."
Alexandria 4, Brainerd 3
The Alexandria tennis team got back on track on Friday with a 4-3 win over conference rival Brainerd.
The Cardinals took the second and fourth singles spots, while also getting wins at firs and third doubles to secure the victory. Mark Kallevig won at third singles 6-3, 6-1 and Valentino Grasiuso won at fourth singles 6-4, 6-4.
The first doubles team of Nick Partington and Payton Grandgenett won a tight match from start to finish, 705, 5-7, 6-3. That proved to be the difference after Jack Schneider and Graham Hegstad won their match in three sets as well, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.
"This gives the Cards the upper hand in the north subsection seeding and it also was a conference win, and the first win we have had over Brainerd in five seasons," head coach Dave Ronning said.
Osakis 2, Browerville 0 (game two); Osakis 10, Browerville 0 (game one)
The Osakis baseball team got maybe its most impressive sweep of the season on Friday, beating conference rival 10-0 in game one and 2-0 in game two.
The Tigers came into the games with a 5-1 record in the Prairie Conference but proved to be no match to the now 10-0 Silverstreaks. Osakis improved to 7-0 in league play with the wins and kept pace with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (7-0 Prairie, 8-0 overall) at the top of the league.
Brandon-Evansville 10, Parkers Prairie 3
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team improved to 10-2 after winning its fourth straight game in a 10-3 victory over Parkers Prairie.
The Chargers got three hits, including a double, to go along with a run scored and an RBI from Kevin Campbell. James Huisman went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Brandon Christianson had two hits, an RBI and a run. Cody Lund had two hits, including a double, to go along with two runs and Jake Nohre also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
"Today was a good day for our offense as seven different players collected hits," head coach Brian Perleberg said. "We came out and put the ball in play right away and were able to move runners around the bases."
The made a winner out of Lund on the mound as he moved to 2-0. Huisman also pitched and the defense committed a couple errors behind them, but nothing that let Parkers Prairie put together a big inning.
WCA 8, LPGE 2 (game two); LPGE 9, WCA 4 (game one)
The West Central Area softball team split a doubleheader with Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Friday, winning game two after falling in the opener.
Doranna Blascyk got the win in the nightcap. She went five innings, allowing one earned run and striking out six. Blascyk, Christina Kruize and Lauryn Mclaughlin each had three hits.
“I was proud of the girls today.” said head coach Bryan Poyzer. “With the weather being questionable, they don’t know where, or even if, they are going to be asked to play each day. Any dry field is a luxury."
Willmar 5, Alexandria 4
The Alexandria softball team fell to 5-4 in the Central Lakes Conference with a 5-4 loss at Willmar on Friday night.