Sports round up from Monday, May 5
Alexandria 5, Moorhead 0
The Alexandria softball team got a gem from Taylor Ellingson on Monday night in downing Moorhead on the road in a 5-0 game.
Ellingson finished with 10 strikeouts and scattered just five hits and a walk to secure the shutout. She also helped herself out with a two-run home run in the top of the third inning.
Sarah Bruzek also had an RBI single in the game. Anna Lee had a double and Emily Kuennen caught Ellingson behind the plate and also added an RBI of her own.
The win was Alexandria’s seventh straight win and moved the team to 8-5 with a conference game against St. Cloud Apollo scheduled at home tonight at 5.
Osakis 5, Brandon-Evansville 3
Osakis freshman Alecia Kaelke struck out in her first two at-bats before making up for that with one swing on Monday night.
The Silverstreaks softball team was trailing Brandon-Evansville 1-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning when Krista Fearing drew a leadoff walk. That brought Kaelke to the plate from the third spot in the order.
Head coach John Stigman wouldn’t normally bunt with his third-place hitter, but with Fearing representing the tying run he had Kaelke bunting on the first pitch. After a foul ball and a stolen base by Fearing, Kaelke got the go-ahead to swing and unleashed a two-run home run to left field that led to a 5-3 win over the Chargers. It also gave Stigman win number 200 for his career.
“I went in with Krista on second and I knew I had to get her home somehow,” Kaelke said. “I was just ready and focused a lot to hit it. I saw it coming and like my coach told me, ‘Every time, just take your step and swing away when it’s a strike.’ When I was running, I thought it was going to go foul. When I saw it go fair, I was so excited.”
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WCA 26, Eagle Valley 2
The West Central Area softball team ran past Eagle Valley on Monday night behind big nights from up and down the lineup.
Lauryn Mclaughlin got things going for the Knights with a grand slam in the first inning. She added another home run in the fourth inning. Doranna Blascyk also went 3-for-3 and Morgan Sanstead was 3-for-4.
“Eagle Valley is a nice young team but also battling injuries,” WCA head coach Bryan Poyzer said. “They played hard and kept their heads up the whole game. They will be tough in the future.”
Minnewaska 13, Staples-Motley 7
The Minnewaska softball team used 11 runs over the fifth and sixth innings on Monday to secure a 13-7 win over Staples-Motley.
The Lakers scored four in the fifth and added seven more in the sixth. Allyssa Engfer had three hits and two runs scored in the game. Ashley Bakko went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Kacia Kollman added two hits, including a double, to go along with three RBIs and Mason Schlief and Bayley Pooler both drove in two runs.
That made a winner out of Mady Phillips, who went all seven innings. She allowed seven runs, two earned, on 13 hits, while striking out four.
Brandon-Evansville 9, Ashby 0
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team won its eighth game on Monday night and moved to 6-0 in the Pheasant Conference with a 9-0 win over Ashby.
Brandon Christianson had a big game with a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning that gave his team an 8-0 lead. He also went the distance on the mound, losing a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning. Christianson allowed just one infield single in picking up the shutout. He walked two and struck out four.
“Today, we received an efficient pitching performance from Brandon Christianson,” head coach Brian Perleberg said. “Brandon fired a one-hitter and threw only 79 pitches in a seven-inning performance. He threw strikes and let his defense make some plays. It was just what our pitching staff needed as we head into a four-game week.”
Ashby’s Christian Koefod got the only hit for the Arrows. Koefod also threw 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs, four earned.
“They hit the ball hard today and we had some costly errors and were unable to get our pitchers out of some jams,” Ashby head coach Chad Akerson said.
The Osakis girls’ golf team continued its impressive season by winning the pre-section meet at Blackberry Ridge Golf Course on Monday night.
The Silverstreaks bested the 6AA field by shooting a 348 behind a couple of top-three finishes. Eighth grader Alayna Eldred was on her game again with a 79, while senior Annalise Savageau shot an 83 to finish third. Staples-Motley’s Emily Israelson shot a 74 to win the tournament.
Osakis’ Ariel Chalmers finished eighth overall with a 92. Katelyn Foster then rounded out the Silverstreaks’ scoring with a 94. Emily Backes wasn’t far behind with a 95 and Peyton Garcia shot a 96.
Osakis’ 348 was six shots better than Staples-Motley. Becker rounded out the top three with a 368.
Alexandria at Sartell
The Alexandria girls’ golf team now holds a four-point lead in the Central Lakes Conference standings after winning their second league meet in as many tries on Monday night.
The Cardinals went to Sartell and posted a team score of 331 in some ideal conditions. Brainerd was not that far behind with a 340 and Rocori shot a 357 to round out the top three.
Amanda Bigger and Natalie Amundson both shot 79s to finish tied for second at the meet. Brainerd’s Jenny Muesing won medalist honors with a 76.
“Amanda and Natalie posted the same scores, but each had their own way of doing so,” head coach Tim Zupfer said. “Amanda’s round included three birdies and six pars, while Natalie’s round had no birdies and 12 pars. Amanda was able to limit today’s round to only one double-bogey, but she was disappointed with the number of bogeys on her card. Natalie relied on a very good short game to save a number of pars. In fact, Natalie at one point had nine consecutive pars during her round.”
Emily Thul was Alexandria’s third scorer with an 85, while Bridget Amundson shot an 88. Kalley Bistodeau fired a 94 and Macyn Hagen finished with a 103 in her first CLC varsity meet.
“Today was the first of five meets this week,” Zupfer said. “We are going to use our team depth to rotate some players into different meets. Because of the weather early this spring, the bulk of our golf season will be played over the course of the next three weeks.”
The West Central Area girls’ golf team played a doubleheader on Monday, shooting nine holes on its home course and finishing fifth (203) and taking seventh (244) at the Bois De Sioux Golf Course in Breckenridge.
Marissa Hayward led the way for the Knights with a 44 on her home course and a 52 at Breckenridge. Tiffany Boysen shot a 48 at WCA and a 58 at Breckenridge. Hailey Kreft carded a 50 and a 62 and Shannon Flake finished with a 61 and a 72.
Danna Sabolik missed both meets because of an illness.
The Alexandria boys’ golf team used some perfect weather to get on track and finish first in a Central Lakes Conference meet at Rocori on Monday.
The Cardinals shot a 316, two shots lower than second-place finisher St. Cloud Tech. Fergus Falls shot a 321 to finish third and Willmar was not far behind with a 323.
Cole Haugen won medalist honors at Rocori with a 72 that was highlighted by four birdies. Lukas Bigger finished second with a 75, while Brady Bast and Dan Hennessey rounded out the Cardinals’ scoring with an 83 and 86, respectively. Ryan Marciniak and Grant Zwilling both finished with an 87.
“About seven and a half weeks into our season we finally got some good golf weather and the scores are starting to get better,” head coach Rick Laron said.