Sports roundup from Tuesday, May 27
The Alexandria girls’ golf team is sitting pretty after day one of the Section 8AAA tournament with a 23-shot lead over second-place Buffalo.
The Cardinals were just too deep for the rest of the field on day one as all four scorers shot 81 or lower. Natalie Amundson led the way with a 75, while Emily Thul was right there with a 79. Amanda Bigger and Bridget Amundson both shot an 81 to round things out.
Allison Schwartz and Lauren Stockmoe finished off the lineup by shooting 95 and 96, respectively. Buffalo’s Lexi Bollant shot a 76 but the Bison had to count two scores in the 90s. Natalie Amundson’s 75 leads all individuals after the first day, while Thul is fifth and Bigger and Bridget Amundson are tied for eighth.
Alexandria will try to finish things off today with another solid round and punch a ticket to the state tournament as round two at the Greystone Golf Course in Sauk Centre gets going at 9 a.m.
The Alexandria boys’ golf team got the kind of scores that the Cardinals thought might put them in contention after day one of the Section 8AAA meet, but they just made the cut as almost every team went low at Greystone on Tuesday.
Alexandria shot a 312 and has 13 strokes to make up on first-place Buffalo today. The Bison shot a 299. Sartell and Willmar both shot 305. Moorhead carded a 3069 and Brainerd finished at 309. Those six teams will battle it out in the final round at Greystone today with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
Alexandria junior Lukas Bigger had a big day for the Cardinals by carding a season-low 73. That puts him in second place individually.
“It included two double bogeys along with,” head coach Rick Larson said. “I think I heard six birdies. That puts him in contention for an individual trip to state with a good round [today].”
Fellow junior Cole Haugen started his round with a triple bogey but got his game going and finished with a 79. Aaron Johnson and Brandon Bistodeau also shot well with 80s to round out the scoring.
Alexandria will tee off at 9 this morning hoping to make up ground or place a couple individuals into the state tournament.
“We need several things to happen to win the section but you never know as witnessed last spring,” Larson said.
The Alexandria tennis team saw its run in the 8AA tournament come to an end in the semifinals on Tuesday after a 7-0 loss to a dominant St. Cloud Tech team.
The Tigers won every match in straight sets. They gave up just three games in the singles lineup. The closes match came at second doubles where Nick Partington and Payton Grandgenett fell 6-2, 6-2.
“I was very proud of the way the guys went out and played hard from start to finish,” head coach Dave Ronning said. “The guys weren’t giving up or hanging their heads or complaining at all. They worked hard this season and deserved to be in the position they put themselves in with a chance to advance to the section finals.
“The guys played some really nice points, but it is hard to put points together and bunch them up when you are playing an opponent as tough as the Tigers. They make you earn every point and don’t like it when you get several in a row.”
The Cardinals finished their season 11-12 overall and 5-7 in the conference four a fourth-place finish. Brendan Holm and Levi Duwenhoegger are still going in the individual portion of the tournament today, Wednesday.
Osakis 8, Wadena-Deer Creek 0
The Osakis baseball team got its first win in the Class AA playoffs on Tuesday night. Now the goal is to keep it going in the double-elimination format of the 6AA tournament.
The Silverstreaks had to play in a close game against seventh-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek through five innings, but the Wolverines were in an uphill battle all night against senior starter Jordan Frederick. He was in complete control as he never allowed a runner to reach second base. He gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out nine in an 8-0 win for Osakis.
“I definitely felt good,” Frederick said. “I knew I had the best team, best defense behind me that we’ve had all year. Everyone who has been injured is back and healthy, so I wasn’t going to try and do everything myself. I was going to rely on them too.”
Osakis grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning after Drew Fearing singled and later scored on a wild pitch. The Silverstreaks added to that in the second with an RBI double from fellow senior Lane Berberich. Osakis often adds on from there, but Wadena-Deer Creek starting pitcher Michael Behl held the Silverstreaks scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
“Basically I was just trying to go out there and get us right back in the dugout so we can try to manufacture some runs,” Frederick said. “I know there’s times when it will be a 0-0 game and it will be tight. I just got to go out there and keep doing my thing so that when we get back in here my team can go out and get me some runs.”
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Brandon-Evansville 9, WCA 3
The second-seeded Brandon-Evansville baseball team grabbed an early lead and never looked back in the 6A South quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
West Central Area won the right to play the Chargers by beating Ashby in the play-in game but couldn’t keep up in a 9-3 win for Brandon-Evansville.
The Chargers put four on the board in the first inning and added two in the second and one more in the third. That gave them a 7-0 lead that they never came close to relinquishing.
“Any time you can build an early lead in the playoffs, it takes that pressure off both your pitcher and defense and lets them play a little more relaxed,” head coach Brian Perleberg said. “That was the case for us today when we built an early 6-0 lead after two innings of play.”
Tom Bosek got the start on the mound and earned the win. He also had a big game offensively with two hits, two stolen bases, two runs and three RBIs. James Huisman added three runs and stole three bags. Christian McGaffey was 2-for-2 with two runs, two stolen bases and a sacrifice, while Brandon Christianson and Kevin Roers combined for three hits and four RBIs.
“I was pleased to see the top of our order (Huisman, C. McGaffey, Bosek, Christianson) do some damage and apply pressure with each of their at-bats,” Perleberg said. “We needed that after the struggles we went through last week. The defense also gave a great performance and played with focus and poise. Hopefully we can carry that into Thursday’s tournament games.”
The Chargers will now play either Hancock or Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
New York Mills 14, West Central Area 4
The West Central Area softball team saw its playoff run come to an end in the loser’s bracket of the 6A tournament on Tuesday as top-seeded New York Mills won 14-4.
The Eagles starter Autumn Roberts kept WCA in check through five innings and allowed her offense to build a big lead.
“Autumn pitched a nice game for Mills, always changing speeds and keeping us off balance,” WCA head coach Bryan Poyzer said. “Our defense just collapsed behind Doranna [Blascyk] and you have to play tight if you want to win in this round.”
The Knights got all four of their runs in one inning as Blascyk and Abby Oberg each had two-run base hits. It wasn’t enough as the Knights finished the year 14-7 with two postseason wins.
“It’s always a two-sided coin at the end of a season,” Poyzer said. “The girls are crushed by the loss and the senior’s careers being over, but in a day or two they will look back and see the big picture.”