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Sports roundup from Thursday, May 15

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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
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BASEBALL

Alexandria 9, Rocori 4 (Game one); Alexandria 11, Rocori 5 (Game two)

The Rocori baseball team is in the midst of a rare losing season and Alexandria added to that with a sweep over the Spartans on Thursday night.

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The Cardinals won game two 11-5 after winning the opener 9-4. The two wins moved them to 14-4 overall and upped their conference record to 11-1. The Spartans fell to 1-11 overall and 1-8 in the CLC.

The Cardinals jumped all over Rocori in both games, including scoring seven runs in the first inning of the nightcap. Cody McLaughlin had a big game with two doubles and two RBIs. Mitch Thompson drove in three runs, while Toby Helgeson continued his strong season with three hits and two RBIs. Grant Toivonen had four walks and scored twice.

Dan Kuhn got the start in game two. He went three innings, allowing just three hits and striking out one in three shutout innings. Parker Bowden got the win in four frames, allowing one earned run and striking out three.

Game one was much of the same as Alexandria led 8-0 after two innings. The Cardinals had just four hits in the game but 10 Rocori walks was a big reason why. Thompson delivered the big hit of the night with a three-RBI double. Blake Stockert also drew four walks and scored twice.

Kuhn worked 2 2/3 innings of no-hit relief on the mound. He struck out two after coming in for starter Jake Booth. Booth worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits, while striking out three.

Osakis 5, Eagle Valley 4

The Osakis baseball team played a tight game and found a way to win to stay unbeaten at 12-0 with a 5-4 victory over Eagle Valley on Thursday.

Eagle Valley grabbed a 3-0 lead in the first inning behind three hits, a walk and a sacrifice. Osakis answered right back, scoring two in the bottom of the first behind a run-scoring error by Eagle Valley and an RBI single from Michael Herringshaw.

The Silverstreaks tied it at three apiece in the third on a Cody DeWenter RBI singles that scored Herringshaw.

The Silverstreaks eventually scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan Frederick led off with a single and took second when the left fielder misplayed the ball. He then took third on a groundball back to the pitcher before Herringshaw hits a sacrifice fly to score him.

Frederick then came on in the seventh to close the door on the mound. He worked a 1-2-3 inning with two groundouts and strikeout in between.

“I felt that today was a good test for us to see what we were made of with a little adversity,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “It’s the first time all year we played from behind. It was good to see us have to battle back and know we can do that if we need to. For whatever reason, that’s the second time this year we struggled against Eagle Valley. They took us out of our game, and we had to scrap this one together. Nice thing is we found a way to win and we learned a lot from this game.”

Schmidt had to watch the game from the dugout and couldn’t go on the field after seeing a doctor earlier this week. He took a line drive to the eye while throwing batting practice that required stitches. Schmidt will stay off the field again today against Royalton, but was cleared to return on Monday in a big doubleheader against unbeaten Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.

Assistant Matt Hoelscher and former player Doug Zimmel served as the field coaches on Thursday.

Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 12, Ashby 5

The Ashby baseball team led 5-4 heading to the seventh inning on Thursday before Wheaton scored eight runs to secure the win.

Morgan Wing got the start for the Arrows and allowed six runs, only two being earned. Christian Koefod relieved him in the seventh.

“Morgan threw a great game for us and he deserved better than the outcome,” head coach Chad Akerson said. “We are still making the routine plays look extremely difficult, but I blame this loss on myself. I should have stuck with Morgan a little longer, but after back-to-back singles in the seventh I thought he was getting tired and his arm a little sore. He deserved to finish the game, and I maybe pulled the trigger a little early.”

Wing also went 2-for-2 at the plate with a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.

BOYS GOLF

St. Cloud Invite

The Alexandria boys’ golf team finds itself in unusual position in the middle of the pack in the Central Lakes Conference after finishing 13th out of a 20-team field at the St. Cloud Invite on Thursday.

The meet also served as a CLC meet with Alexandria shooting a 331. Marshall won the meet with a 302. Conference foes Brainerd (315), St. Cloud Tech (316), Fergus Falls (317), Willmar (324) and Sartell (330) all finished ahead of the Cardinals at the meet.

“We had some sickness hit the team and were missing a couple of players,” head coach Rick Larson said. “I think the compact season and playing in some rough spring weather took its toll. But, this did give a couple of younger players some varsity experience.”

Lukas Bigger led Alexandria with a round of 77.

“Lukas had a great round going until a triple bogey on a par three with five holes to play set him back a little but he still shot a solid 77,” Larson said.

Aaron Johnson was next in line for the Cardinals with an 83. Jared Lind and Chad Blank both filled in for those out with sicknesses and counted their scores with rounds of 85 and 86, respectively. Cola Haugen and Will Odland both shot 87s to round out the Alexandria lineup.

“With meets being crammed together and poor weather conditions, I think it has caught up with the team,” Larson said. “We have had limited practice time. Hopefully the weather will improve, and we can get some much needed practice time in with only 12 days until the section meet.”

The Cardinals are in fifth place in the CLC standings with one meet left. They have 24 points. Fergus Falls is first with 31 and Tech is second with 29 points.

Pierz Invite

The Osakis boys’ golf team finished second in Pierz, just seven shots off of first-place Rockford on Thursday.

The Silverstreaks shot a 176 behind four scores in the mid-40s. Joe Garcia led the way with a 43. Joey Kotek and Carl Haider each shot a 44 and Mitch Tersteeg finished with a 45. Ryan Strelow shot a 47 and RJ Dykema rounded out the Osakis golfers with a 48.

Rockford won the meet with a 169 behind 40s from Ty Griffin and Brody Harstad. Rockford has a comfortable lead in the Central Minnesota Conference, with Osakis sitting in second place after four meets.

The Silverstreaks host their home meet tonight.

GIRLS GOLF

The Osakis girls' golf team finished fourth out of 20 teams at the St. Cloud Country Club on Thursday with a team score of 347.

The top AA team in the state, Detroit Lakes, won the meet with a 303. Buffalo was second with a 320 and Pequot Lakes shot a 331 to round out the top three.

Alayna Eldred led the way for the Silverstreaks with an 82 as she tied for 11th place. Annalise Savageau shot an 84 to tie for 17th. Peyton Garcia shot an 88 and Katelyn Foster a 93 to round out the scoring for Osakis. Ariel Chalmers shot a 97 and Emily Backes a 98 to round out the Silverstreaks' lineup. 

SOFTBALL

Alexandria 6, Rocori 1 (Game one); Alexandria 10, Rocori 8 (Game two)

The Alexandria softball team swept a doubleheader at Rocori to finish the regular season 12-8 overall and 9-5 in the Central Lakes Conference.

Emily Kuennen led the charge in game two with two home runs. The senior went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs and three RBIs to help Alexandria hold off the Spartans. Sarah Bruzek also had a big game with three hits, two runs and two RBIs.

Rocori held a 6-3 lead in the fifth before Alexandria started its comeback. The Cardinals scored four in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the sixth to grab the lead. Kuennen had her second home run during that stretch.

Taylor Ellingson got the win in 4 1/3 innings pitched. She allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out five. Kaila Dewanz also threw, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing five runs on six hits and three walks. She struck out two.

Game one featured a steady pitching performance from Ellingson to earn a 6-1 win. She went all seven innings and allowed just three hits. She walked three and struck out five.

The Spartans led 1-0 through three innings before Alexandria scored one in the fourth, two in the fifth and three more in the seventh. Ellingson had a solo home run to tie the game in the fourth. Anna Lee added a two-run double in the seventh inning to create some breathing room.

Ellingson, Bruzek and Dewanz all had two hits apiece to lead the offense.

Brandon-Evansville 9, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 0 (Game one); Brandon-Evansville 7, CGB 6 (Game two)

The Brandon-Evansville softball team swept a doubleheader against CGB on Thursday night, winning 7-6 in game two after taking a 9-0 game in the opener.

Brandon-Evansville had to battle back in the nightcap after trailing 3-0 in the first inning. The Chargers overcame five errors in that game behind a strong offensive performance.

Freshman Michelle Lund led the way with a big two-RBI double in the bottom of the fourth with two outs after she came in to pinch hit. Then in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, freshman Shyanna Behrens hit a ball to center field that tied the game before fellow freshman Kennedy Lund got the game winner on a hard-hit line drive. Both games were five-inning contests.

“The freshmen really came through big for us tonight,” head coach Kasi Huschle said. “I’m very proud of the way the girls played tonight. It was great to see the girls go out there and make things happen late in the game. That is what we have been working towards, and it’s great to see it happening at this point in the season.”

Things came a little easier in the first game for Brandon-Evansville. Carrigan Okerlund had two hits, two runs, two stolen bases and three RBIs. Megan Kokett added two hits and two runs. Lizzy Friedrich went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Morgan Stelzer went 2-for-3 with two runs.

Kinsley Randt got the win in both games. She went all five innings in game one, allowing just one hit and two walks, while striking out eight.

Browerville 6, Osakis 3

The Browerville softball team won a Prairie Conference battle with Osakis on Thursday night in a 6-3 game.

The Silverstreaks finished the regular season 10-5 and 7-2 in the Prairie Conference.

Minnewaska 17, Renville County West 4

The offense exploded in a 17-4 win for the Minnewaska softball team over RCW on Thursday night.

Big days came from up and down the lineup. Bayley Pooler got it started from the leadoff spot with three hits, five stolen bases, four runs and three RBIs. Allyssa Engfer went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Rachel Bakko had three hits, two doubles, two runs and three RBIs. Kacia Kollman added two hits and two RBIs, as well.

Freshman Morgan Hess got the win in five innings of work. She allowed two earned runs on six hits, while striking out three.

Minnewaska 12, BOLD 1

It was a similar story against BOLD as the Lakers continued to pile up runs in a 12-2 win.

Mady Phillips led the charge this time with three hits, two stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI from the leadoff spot. Pooler went 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs, while Engfer went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Phillips got the win by going all seven innings. She struck out nine.

The Lakers are cruising right now as winners of nine straight games.

TENNIS

Thief River Falls 5, Alexandria 2

The Alexandria tennis team went to Detroit Lakes to compete in a triangular on Thursday and came home with a 5-2 loss to Thief River and a 7-0 win over Detroit Lakes.

Thief River Falls swept the singles lineup to secure its team win. The Prowlers needed three sets in three of those spots but found a way to get the job done in tight matches.

Devin Crowe battled at first singles before falling 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Payton Grandgenett did the same at third singles but fell 3-6, 6-4, 10-8, and Graham Hegstad’s match was even closer at fourth singles before he fell 6-3, 4-6, 12-10.

The wins for the Cardinals came at second and third doubles. Levi Duwenhoegger and Nick Partington teamed up at the second spot to win 6-2, 6-3, while Jack Schneider and Andrew Storm won at third doubles, 6-4, 6-3.

Alexandria 7, Detroit Lakes 0

The Cardinals took care of business in their second match in a sweep of Detroit Lakes.

Crowe won a tight match this time, winning 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 at first singles. Brendan Holm, Mark Kallevig and Valentino Grasiuso all won in straight sets to sweep the singles lineup.

Duwenhoegger and Partington won at first doubles 6-1, 2-6, 11-9. Grandgenett and Storm did the same at second doubles in a 5-7, 6-1, 10-8 match and Schneider and Hegstad won at third doubles, 6-3, 6-2.

“The guys are playing some good tennis these days and are peaking at the right time of the season,” head coach Dave Ronning said.

ADAPTED BOWLING

The Alexandria adapted bowling team wrapped up its regular season with a 7-2 record in the CI Division and a 4-2 mark in the PI Division after a match with St. Peter. 

Nicole Duwenhoegger, Stephen McCabe, Robb Erlandson, Zac Long and Ryan Frick all reached the 400-series mark. Long had the highest game with a 158. 

The Cardinals are in the midst of the state tournament today with plenty of bowlers going after state titles again for a program that always performs well at this tournament. 

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Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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