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Sports roundup from Tuesday, April 12

BASEBALL

Alexandria 9, Fergus Falls 2

The Alexandria baseball team had no problems in its season and conference opener against Fergus Falls as the Cardinals went on the road to earn a 9-2 win on Tuesday night.

“The environment was not ideal for baseball as the wind combined with cold temps, snow and rain made for a difficult night to play,” Alexandria head coach Jake Munsch said. “The players did a good job of not letting the cold bother them as they went on to play a good game.”

The Alexandria pitching staff combined to limit Fergus Falls to just six hits and no earned runs. Hunter Schoenrock got the win as he went four innings and allowed two unearned runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked just one before Jared Gesell worked two scoreless innings with just one hit allowed. Henry Waage finished off the win with a perfect seventh inning.

Senior Sam Helgeson did a lot of damage at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs. Noah Hittle added two doubles and two RBIs. Brayden Amundson added a double, and Conner Hammerback, Schoenrock and Henry Wirtjes each added hits, as well.

The Cardinals have a big early-season test with Brainerd coming to Alexandria on Thursday for a 5 p.m. first pitch at Knute Nelson Ballpark.

Parkers Prairie 2, Wadena-Deer Creek 1

The Parkers Prairie baseball team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 2-1 in a pitchers dual in a non-conference contest on Tuesday evening in Wadena.

The Panthers (2-0, 1-0 Park Region) stay on the road to face Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

SOFTBALL

Brandon-Evansville 15, Ortonville 1; Brandon-Evansville 21, Ortonville 3

The Brandon-Evansville softball team coasted to a pair of victories in a doubleheader with Ortonville in chilly conditions on Tuesday in Brandon.

The Chargers (3-1, 2-0 Pheasant) cruised to a 15-1 five-inning win in the early game, before dispatching the visiting Trojans (1-2, 0-2 Pheasant) 21-3 in three innings in the night cap.

“Tonight’s wins were two very big wins for us to start Pheasant Conference play on a very cold evening,” head coach Kasi Sieling said. “We saw contributions offensively and defensively from all of our players. Toni [Wright] threw well in the first game, throwing strikes consistently and allowed the defense to make the plays behind her. Offensively in the first game, we were patient and able to get the big hits when we needed them.”

Brandon-Evansville held Ortonville without a hit in the first game, while compiling 12 of its own.

Wright threw five shutout innings to notch the no-hitter, despite allowing seven walks and a run. The senior struck out seven batters in the win on the mound.

The Chargers headed into the top of the third inning up 7-0. After a scoreless frame, they added eight insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth to seal the early victory.

Junior Kayla Sherod took the loss on the hill for Ortonville in four innings of work, walking seven and allowing the dozen hits.

Junior Kennedy Lund went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored, while fellow junior Michelle Lund hit for the same clip with a run and a walk. Senior Michaela Englund added a 2-for-3 night with two runs and a stolen base.

Ortonville got back on track early in the latter contest, scoring the game’s first three runs in the bottom of the first.

However, Brandon-Evansville put up seven in the top of the second before overwhelming Ortonville junior pitcher Taylor Wilke with 14 runs in the top of the third.

Brandon-Evansville finished with 18 hits in the late game to Ortonville’s five, while the visitors committed five errors as the Chargers kept a clean sheet fielding.

“In the second game, Ortonville came out strong in the first inning, but we were able to settle in and make the most of some big innings offensively; played solid defense and did not allow any runs after the first inning,” Sieling explained. “Offensively, every player in the lineup collected a hit and that is very encouraging to see this early in the season. We have put a lot of emphasis on playing sound defense and played two errorless games tonight, which I am very pleased about. Also, we had zero strikeouts tonight and put the pressure on the defense to make the plays throughout both games. Despite the cold weather, wind and some rain [and] sleet at the end of the second game, all of our girls came out and played hard all night.”

Freshman pitcher Sara Jacobson earned the win in 2-1/3 innings, allowing only two hits with no runs allowed while fanning four batters.

Junior Morgan Stelzer went a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs, including a triple, a double and three RBIs. Kennedy Lund hit 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, four runs driven in and one run scored, while junior Shyanna Behrens added a 2-for-3 evening with three runs and an RBI.

Junior Carrigan Okerlund provided a 2-for-4 night with three runs and two driven in. Jacobson scored three runs to go with a pair of walks and senior Katie Kokett went 2-for-4 with two runs.

Minnewaska 16, Montevideo 7

The Minnewaska softball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 16-7 West Central Conference victory against Montevideo on Tuesday night in Glenwood.

Junior pitcher Morgan Hess got the win for the Lakers, pitching seven full innings and allowed 10 hits and three earned runs to go with five strikeouts. She added a 2-for-4 night at the plate, driving in three runs and scoring three.

Junior Abby VerSteeg led Minnewaska offensively with five RBIs and a run scored in a 3-for-3 outing. Junior Carley Stewart went a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs, while senior Mason Schlief added a three-run double in the sixth inning. Junior Alisha Vigil went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs.

Junior Ashley Blom brought home three Laker base runners and scored three times and sophomore Bailey Stewart drove in a pair of runs.

Parkers Prairie 21, Wadena-Deer Creek 18

The Parkers Prairie softball team won an offensive outburst by holding off Wadena-Deer Creek 21-18 on Tuesday.

BOYS GOLF

The Alexandria boys golf team kicked off the Central Lakes Conference season at the Rocori Invite on Tuesday as the Cardinals try to defend their CLC title from a year ago.

Alexandria finished second at the opening meet, shooting a 319. Brainerd was 12 shots better after carding a team score of 307, and Sartell-St. Stephen shot a 333 to round out the top three teams.

“Meet medalist went to sophomore Jack Evans of Brainerd with an even par round of 72 in the cold, damp day that saw sun, sleet, rain and a little snow,” Alexandria head coach Tom Blank said.

Alexandria junior Will Odland wasn’t far behind Evans in those conditions. Odland carded a 73, while senior Jared Lind was also in the 70s with a 79. Freshmen Hunter Rebrovich and Noah Boraas shot 83 and 84, respectively, to round out the scoring for the Cardinals. Freshman Elliot Amundson shot an 89 and Senior Chad Blank carded a 90 to finish off the top six for Alexandria.

The Cardinals will head to the Wapicada Golf Club in St. Cloud next Tuesday for their next meet.

The West Central Area boys golf team got a third-place finish from junior James Wiese in the Quad County Conference season opener at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course on Tuesday.

Wiese battled through the cold and wet conditions to shoot a two-over par 37 on the back nine and finish with an 85. Ottertail Central’s Adam Young took medalist honors with a 79 and Pillager’s Brady Enneking shot an 84.

West Central Area finished fourth as a team with a 380. Ottertail Central shot a 361 to win the event, while Ortonville (363) and Wheaton (370) rounded out the top three.

“Considering the limited outside practice time we’ve had due to cold weather and losing four solid seniors from last year, we couldn't be more proud of taking fourth place out of 11 teams in our first meet,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Obviously, James shooting an 85 was a key, but what really helped was first year golfer Tanner Johnson coming in with a 101. Tanner has been eager to learn every day in practice and embraces the tough conditions. He will continue to improve with his attitude.”

Johnson was the Knights’ third scorer. Jackson Merrick added a 92 and senior captain Brady Endreson shot a 102 to round out the top four for WCA.

“Brady played decent but had an 11 on one hole,” Hunter said. “He has been hitting a good long ball and he should score well for us if he stays away from big holes and continues to work on the short game. The other scores for us were Max Duncan (125) and Aiden Winter (128). This was their first varsity meet and they had a great attitude all day in the cold conditions. They will also improve as we get more outside practice time.”

GIRLS GOLF

The West Central Area girls golf team finished third out of four teams in some cold conditions at the Ashby Invite at Tipsinah Mounds on Tuesday afternoon.

The Knights shot a team score of 506. Ortonville won the meet with a 384 and Ottertail Central shot a 420 to claim the top two team finishes. Rothsay rounded out the team scoring with a 522.

Katie Merrick led the Knights with a 116 after shooting a 53 on the front and a 63 on the back. Libby Poyzer carded a 124, Kate Wrolson shot a 132 and Lexi Poyzer finished off the top four with a 134. Anna Bergman shot a 154 and Emily Courrier rounded out the WCA lineup with a 164.

“I was so proud of our girls today,” Knights’ head coach Kari Kreft said. “They never questioned whether or not we should be playing, wore smiles on their faces the entire time and never shared a single complaint. We had several things to be proud of. Many members mentioned chipping was their strength today and improving our putting was our goal for the future.”

Ortonville’s Hope Hasslen shot an 88 to take medalist honors. The Knights are filled with a young roster that Kreft believes will get better as the season progresses.

“I am glad to have the first meet under our belts,” she said. “The nerves can now settle a bit. We are a young team that is willing to work hard and now we know what we need to work on. As I walked with each of them today, I saw several bright spots in their game and look forward to a great season.”

The Minnewaska girls golf team finished first at the West Central Conference tournament at Minnewaska and again at Morris on Tuesday.

The Lakers shot a 180 in Morris behind a 42 from Ashlyn Guggisberg. Emily Harste added a 44, Annika Peterson shot a 46 and Madi McGinty finished off the scorers with a 48. Grace Names (64) and Greta Richman (69) also competed in the Lakers’ top six.

Minnewaska shot a 178 on its home course that same day. Guggisberg was again the medalist with a 37. McGinty shot a 41, Peterson added a 44 and Harste rounded out the scorers for Minnewaska with a 56. Names shot a 62 and Richman finished with a 65.

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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