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UPDATED: Sports roundup from Thursday, April 10

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BASEBALL

Alexandria 4, Willmar 0

Senior lefty Blake Stockert dominated the Willmar lineup on Thursday night in the season opener as he led the Cardinals to a 4-0 win in the season opener.

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Stockert had 15 strikeouts and allowed just one infield single through six innings of work. Chris Leary worked a clean seventh inning to preserve the Central Lakes Conference win.

“It was a great start to the season for this team," head coach Russ Hinrichs said. "Our entire squad is going to make contributions throughout the season as we have a very deep roster with talented players who can play multiple positions.”

Alexandria grabbed a 1-0 lead after Jake Booth scored on an error in the second inning. The Cardinals added two more in the fourth when Booth, Kris Setterstrom and Riley Hvezda each walked to drive in Grant Hockert and Grant Toivonen. The final run came in the sixth when Zach Peterson doubled in Toby Helgeson, who had singled with two outs.

Brandon-Evansville 10, Ashby 0

Brandon-Evansville junior Tom Bosek shut down the Ashby lineup on Thursday night to help the Chargers to a 10-0 win over the Arrows.

Bosek went six innings and struck out nine. He walked three and hit two more, but the Arrows managed just one hit off of him from Blake Ohren on a two-out double in the sixth.

“We received a one hit pitching performance from Tom Bosek and the defense played errorless ball,” head coach Brian Perleberg said. “I was pleased to see our entire lineup contribute in this game both offensively and defensively.  It was a true team effort and an exciting way for us to open the 2014 season.”

The Chargers got 13 hits and multiple hits from four different players. Brandon Christianson went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored. James Huisman was 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Zach Johnson went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored and Christian McGaffey added two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Cody Lund and Kevin Roers also combined for two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

“With a young team this year, we had a lot of nervous energy heading into this first game,” Perleberg said. “Fortunately we were able to do a nice job of putting the ball in play and we were able to put pressure on in every inning.”

Osakis 11, WCA 2

The Osakis baseball team showed it still has plenty of weapons left from a second-place finish in the Class A state tournament last year with a convincing 11-2 win over West Central Area in the opener.

The Silverstreaks got four pitchers some work on the mound. Jordan Frederick started and struck out five in just two innings. Drew Fearing stuck out the side in his only inning. Lane Berberich gave up two runs, one earned, in two innings of work and Brandon Giesler and Hunter Scherr also worked an inning apiece.

“Good first game considering we have been outside a limited number of times,” head coach Shad Schmidt said. “Every kid got in the game and got at least one at bat. All but one of our pitchers got at least one inning of work. This was a good game for us to move guys around and get back into the baseball mode again. I felt our defense was pretty good other than a couple of throws, but we also made two great plays as well. Pitching was great. I liked how all the guys threw.”

Fearing had a big night offensively with three RBIs. The senior shortstop had three hits, including a double. Scherr went 4-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and three stolen bases. Frederick had one hit, two runs and three stolen bases. Berberich scored twice after a hit and a walk, while driving in one and stealing two bases.

“Offensively we hit the ball around a little bit, and were able to steal some bases,” Schmidt said. “Brady Berberich, a freshman, got his first varsity start and game and was able to get his first hit. John Boogaard, another freshman, got his first varsity at-bats and was able to pick up an RBI. Jarrett Weispfennig, a sophomore, got his first varsity start and made a nice play in the field. We definitely have a good base to work with, but we need to get better.”

SOFTBALL

Willmar 6, Alexandria 4

The Alexandria softball team got off to a rough start that the Cardinals couldn't recover from in a 6-4 loss to Willmar in the season opener on Thursday night.

Willmar scored four runs in the first inning with the help of just one hit that left the infield. The Cardinals helped them out with a handful of miscues as Willmar forced the issue by playing small ball to put the ball in play.

"They started off right away with a bunt and got a hit, walk, another bunt and we kind of threw the ball around a bit," head coach Randy Albers said. "We kind of put ourselves in a tough position to get down 4-0 right away. That's the way it goes. They did a good job of putting the ball in play and kind of caught us off our toes a little bit and put four runs across."

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Parkers Prairie 12, Osakis 11

The Osakis softball team put a scare into Parkers Prairie with a seven-run seventh inning on Thursday but couldn't push across the tying run in a 12-11 loss to the Panthers.

Parkers Prairie's bats came to life in the middle innings. The Panthers scored four runs in the third and fourth and three more in the fifth to take a 12-4 lead after five. The Silverstreaks couldn't quite overcome that deficit in the end.

"Overall, we played a solid first game," Osakis head coach John Stigman said. "Our pitchers threw strikes, our defense made plays and our hitters swung the bat. Parkers Prairie really swung the bat well in the first four innings. Our pitchers did what we asked them to do which was challenge the hitters and in this case, the hitters rose to the challenge. That’s how pitching works sometimes."

Osakis' Jordyn Rajdl went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and three RBIs. Morgan Silbernick also had a big game with two hits and three RBIs, while Mackenzie Staloch added a hit and drove in two.

"Offensively we struggled to find the holes," Stigman said. We made good contact, just hit a lot of 'at em' balls.  In the seventh, we found the holes and rallied but just couldn’t push one more run across the plate. On a positive note, these girls never backed down and never gave up, even when the score wasn’t so even. In the end, they gave us a chance to win, which is all you can ask of your team."

WCA 7, Ashby 2

The West Central Area softball team got seven innings and 11 strikeouts from Doranna Blascyk as the Knights beat Ashby 7-2 on Thursday night.

The Arrows led 2-1 in the third inning after a two-RBI base hit from catcher Bailey Funkhouser. The Knights quickly responded as freshman catcher Morgan Sanstead got her third RBI of the night with a two-run hit that gave her team a 3-2 lead. WCA kept going from there as Mikaylah Stark knocked in two more with a double. Senior Amy Benson then got her second hit of the night with an RBI hit that made it 7-2.

Christina Kruize had a nice night for the Knights with three hits, three runs scored and three stolen bases. Blascyk also added two hits.

“It was a good first game for both teams,” WCA head coach Bryan Poyzer said. “Doranna found her groove early and had good defense surrounding her. We just got key hits from the bottom part of the order and were smart on the bases.”

Minnewaska 6, Yellow Medicine East 2

The Minnewaska softball team won its second straight game with a 6-2 victory over YME on Thursday.

Mady Phillips pitched seven strong innings, allowing six hits and just one earned run. She struck out eight to work her way around four walks.

Shanae Suchy provided much of the offense with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Morgan Majerus hit a two-run home run in the fourth that gave the Lakers the lead for good. They added single runs in the fifth and sixth before adding two more in the seventh to help secure the win.

TENNIS

Willmar 4, Alexandria 3

The Alexandria tennis team lost its second straight match of the season on Thursday, this time in a tight match against Willmar that ended 4-3.

Alexandria swept the doubles lineup to keep things close. Brendan Holm and Levi Duwenhoegger won 6-1, 6-4 at first doubles. Nick Partington and Andrew Storm won 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (4), while Payton Grandgenett and Jack Schneider won in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 at the third doubles spot.

The match came down to the second singles match in the end. Alexandria senior Mark Kallevig battled back and forth with Willmar’s Drew Corniel with Corniel winning the first set 6-4. Kallevig followed with a win in the second set by the same score before Corniel edged him 7-5 in the third set. Kallevig fell behind 3-0 in that final set, but battled back to tie things at 5-5.

“It was a heartbreaking loss for the team, but we knew going into the match that it would be a close one,” Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. “I am very happy with the way the guys responded to the changes in the lineup and the effort that was put forth. We hope to get on a winning track when we host our home invite on Saturday with Litchfield, Crookston, and Becker coming to town.”

TRACK AND FIELD

The Osakis girls’ track and field team picked up another first place finish at the Minnewaska Invitational Thursday with a total of 148 team points. The Silverstreaks finished well in front of second-place Ottertail central, which had a total of 106 points. Ashby/Brandon/Evansville took fifth with 86 points.

Osakis head coach Lee VanNyhuis rested many of the team’s athletes after they competed at a meet two days before the Minnewaska Invitational.

“At this point of the season we don't want to do too much,” he said. “We rested several athletes that probably could have competed if we needed them to.”

The Silverstreaks swept the top four spots in the 800 meter run, with Lauren Savageau finishing in first with a time of 2:44.11. Second was Brittney Sadlemyer with a time of 2:44.40, third was Brooke Sorenson in 2:46.10 and fourth was Makayla Hoglin in 2:47.00.

Caroline Jansen picked up firsts in both hurdles events, finishing the 100 meter event in 16.93 and the 300 in 52.53. Jansen also won the long jump with a leap of 17-00.25 and the triple jump with a distance of 35-01.50.

Madison Krupke also picked up a first place finish for ABE in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.20.

Many of the team members on Osakis’ number one relays were given a breather at the Minnewaska Invitational, but the younger athletes still performed well.

The Osakis 4x200 team of Makayla Hoglin, Brooke Sorenson, Lauren Savageau and Sadlemyer finished in first place with a time of 1:58.70. The 4x100 team of Tianna Stanek, Sadlemyer, Abby Stroup and Kayla Sorenson took second with a time of 52.87.

Osakis swept the top three spots in the girls’ high jump. Kayla Sorenson took first with a jump 4-11.00, Brooke Sorenson took second at 4-07.00 and Emily Eckel took third at 4-05.00.

Osakis’ Jessica Bliese finished first in the shot put with a toss of 31-09.50, with Sadlemyer right behind her with a throw of 27-05.00.

Bliese also finished first in the discus with a throw of 88-05.

ABE took second among boys’ teams in Minnewaska with a score of 121. Osakis finished fifth with 41 team points.

Mitch Sunder had a strong meet in the field events for Osakis. He took first in the discus throw with a toss of 107-10, and third in the shot put with a distance of 38-06.00.

ABE’s 4x100 team took first place with a time of 46.43.

Evan Anderson picked up a first place finish in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.77, and he also took second in the 400 meter dash in 55.10.

Toby Wach also finished third for ABE in the 100 dash with a time of 11.39. Gavin Saxton took second in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:09.54.

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Eric Morken
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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