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The Brandon-Evansville softball team took care of Hancock in the Pheasant Conference for the second time in as many games on Tuesday night. After a 20-0 win last Friday, the Chargers (8-2, 3-1 Pheasant) knocked off the Owls (0-5) 23-9 in five innings on Tuesday. They put up 11 runs in the top of the first before Hancock responded with seven runs of its own in the bottom. The Owls couldn't contain the B-E offense as the Chargers pounded out 15 hits and used eight Hancock errors to run away with things.
Ten years ago, if someone would have told me I would hear the gobbles I'm hearing every morning while turkey hunting Minnesota, I would have been skeptical. That's about how long I've been chasing toms during the springs in this state. I remember walking land on the river bottom of southwestern Minnesota as a novice hunter and thinking that this land should hold more birds. It seemed to have desirable habitat, but those days consisted of trying to locate one or two gobblers. If you found one, you better connect.
The Alexandria baseball team played 11 good innings in cold and windy conditions at Knute Nelson Ballpark against St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday. A doubleheader was all Cardinals after a 12-2 win in five innings in the opener, but one bad frame could have cost them in the nightcap. Instead, Alexandria rallied from a 9-4 deficit to win 10-9 to complete the sweep and move to 6-1 after the team’s sixth straight win.
ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria vs. Princeton BASEBALL Alexandria vs. St. Cloud Apollo (DH), 4 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Barnesville, 5 p.m. Osakis at Browerville-EV, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Sebeka, 4:30 p.m. Ashby at Hillcrest, 5 p.m.
The Osakis boys golf team traveled to the Blackberry Ridge Golf Course near Sartell on Monday to get a taste of what the Section 6AA field looks like during the pre-section meet. It's early, but St. Cloud Cathedral looks to be the favorite as the Crusaders shot a 335 to win the meet behind Will Freemann and his 80 leading the way. That was good for second place individually for the sophomore. Becker junior Alex Stanz was medalist as the only player in the 70s after shooting a 78. Osakis ended up 13th in the 16-team field, shooting a 432.
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Osakis at Pequot Lakes, 4:30 p.m. WCA vs. WHN, 5 p.m. Ashby vs. Ortonville, 5 p.m. BOYS GOLF Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 3:30 p.m. Osakis at Blackberry Ridge, 9:30 a.m.
The Alexandria boys golf team continued its strong start to the season on Saturday by winning a 16-team invite at Perham. The Cardinals shot a 303 behind three players in the top six. The Fargo Davies were second at 314, and Perham rounded out the top three with a 333.
The Alexandria girls track and field team continues to show off the depth and power of its program as the Cardinals won the Sartell Quad last Friday and got a record-tying performance in the process. Sophomore pole vaulter Jacy Roste tied the school record in that event with Amy Pavek from 2001 when Roste cleared 9 feet, 6 inches. That was good for second place overall at the meet.
The Alexandria tennis team hosted its annual invite with Litchfield, Crookston and Becker on Saturday under near perfect weather conditions as the Cardinals came away with a 1-2 record. Becker proved to be too much in a 6-1 match to wrap things up after Alexandria had beaten Crookston 4-3 and fallen to Litchfield by that same score in the previous two matches.
The Alexandria baseball team has won four straight games after sweeping a doubleheader at Sartell-St. Stephen on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals (4-1, 3-1 CLC) finished the day with a 14-4 win in six innings after sophomore Carter Stockert threw a shutout in a 7-0 win in the opener. "Early on, I feel good about where we are at, especially defensively at this point," Alexandria head coach Jake Munsch said. "The key is to keep it rolling and continue building the confidence."