Sports roundup from Wednesday, May 14
Facing the top ranked team in Class AAA, the Alexandria girls’ golf team took second place on Wednesday afternoon in an invitational hosted by the Alexandria Golf Club.
Wayzata took first place in the meet with a score of 332, followed by Alexandria in second at 347, Minnewaska third at 379 and Osakis in fourth at 380.
Wayzata’s Sarah Burnham took first place with a score of 73, followed by Amanda Bigger with a score of 78. Although she finished in second, Bigger felt a few more greens in regulation would have helped shave some shots off the scorecard.
“I hit one green on the front, so that was kind of a downer, and couldn’t get up and down a few times,” Bigger said. “The back went better, still a few shots I could have improved. I missed a couple of putts, but my score looks fine.”
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Brainerd 6, Alexandria 5 (F/8 innings)
The Alexandria softball team proved it could play with the best of the conference and section fields on Wednesday but came just short in a 6-5 loss at Brainerd.
The Warriors (15-1, 10-0 CLC) won it on a bases-loaded, two-out hit in the bottom of the eighth inning. That capped off a rally after Brainerd trailed 4-1 through two and a half innings.
Alexandria (10-8, 7-5 CLC) scored two runs apiece in the second and third innings. Emily Kuennen and Amy Jost each had RBI singles in the second and Anna Lee had an RBI double and Jana Roste an RBI single in the third.
The Warriors chipped away from there. They got two right back in the bottom of the third and two more in the fourth to take their first lead at 5-4. That’s how things stood until the top of the seventh when Alexandria’s Sarah Bruzek tied the game on a sacrifice.
Taylor Ellingson started and went all 7 2/3 innings. She allowed 12 hits and four walks. Three of the six runs allowed were earned as Ellingson struck out four.
Minnewaska 9, Sauk Centre 0
The Minnewaska softball team won its seventh straight game on Wednesday with a 9-0 victory over Sauk Centre.
The Lakers scored seven of their nine runs in the third and fourth innings to break the game open. Carley Stewart had a nice night with two hits, including a home run, two runs and three RBIs. Morgan Majerus and Shanae Suchy each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Allyssa Engfer and Rachel Bakko each had two hits as well.
Mady Phillips got the win by going all seven innings. She allowed just three hits and two walks, while striking out six.
New York Mills 6, Brandon-Evansville 3
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team fell 6-3 to state-ranked New York Mills on Wednesday night to snap a five-game winning streak for the Chargers.
Tucker Skoblik got the win for the seventh-ranked Eagles (11-0, 7-0 Park Region) after going all seven innings. He allowed the three runs on six hits and one walk, while striking out three. Damon Temberg, Adam Patron and Brandon Kupfer led the Eagles’ offense with seven hits and three RBIs.
Brandon Christianson started for Brandon-Evansville and went the distance. He allowed nine hits, two walks and struck out two.
The Chargers led 2-1 after one inning behind an RBI single from Kevin Roers and a run-scoring double from Zach Johnson. New York Mills answered with a run in the third, two in the fifth and two more in the seventh to build some breathing room.
“It was exciting to play a game today versus a ranked team like New York Mills,” Chargers head coach Brian Perleberg said. “They are a very solid ball club in all facets of the game. I’m proud of the way my kids battled till the last out was made.”
The Chargers gave themselves a chance by playing clean defense most of the way. They committed just one error, but runners left on base proved costly.
“Defensively, we made the plays we needed to make,” Perleberg said. “But on offense, we left runners in scoring position in three of the innings, which makes beating a quality team like New York Mills very difficult.”
The Chargers fell to 11-3 overall with the loss. It was also their first loss against a Section 6A opponent as they fell to 10-1 against 6A teams.