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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The Carlos Cougars ran their winning streak to 14 games this season by winning the Resorters East playoff opener for them in a 14-4 game against Long Prairie last weekend. The offense was firing on all cylinders behind a huge night from Jake Tharaldson. He had three hits, including a double and a triple, on his way to six RBIs and one run scored. That was part of 16 hits for the Cougars. Nate Hoelscher had two and three RBIs.
The Alexandria Legion Post 87 baseball team split its doubleheader with Moorhead on Tuesday night. Alexandria took game one 6-2 behind another strong start from Blake Stockert. That came before they fell 5-4 in the nightcap. Stockert went six innings to earn the win in the opener. Parker Bowen then worked the seventh to help secure the win. "[Blake] threw really well," head coach Jake Munsch said. "He's been very solid, for sure." Chris Leary got the start in game two. He took the loss as Moorhead scored early and held on for the 5-4 win. "We made defensive mistakes," Munsch said.
The Alexandria VFW I baseball team wrapped up its regular season with a 27-10 record after splitting two games in Morris on Tuesday night. Alexandria won game one, the only game that counts toward league standings, 17-6 before falling in the nightcap 5-2. The 16s exploded for 17 runs through their first four innings to easily end things after five in the opener. "The kids came to play," head coach Orin Schueler said.
Osakis' Grayson Fortenberry wasn't able to play in the Class A state title game at Target Field, so the Minnesota Twins have given him an opportunity at the next best thing. The Twins found out about Fortenberry having to miss the championship game because of a concussion he suffered in the state semifinals. At the time, he thought that might be his only opportunity to step foot on Target Field. Little did he know he would be throwing out the first pitch at a Twins game almost a month later. "I thought it was a joke," Fortenberry said last Friday.
Alexandria's Jon Godfrey and Little Falls' Brett Speer never thought they would be standing on the ninth green on Saturday with a chance to win the Alexandria Golf Club's men's member-guest championship. But that's the great thing about a tournament like this for everyone who enters. Godfrey and Speer came in with a combined handicap of 31, compared to a handicap of 23 from Alexandria's Chris Haugen (5) and Bill Baedke (18), the two guys they went head-to-head with on the final hole. Baedke found the trees on the left side of hole nine off the tee.
A quick look on the national hole-in-one registry website says that the odds of a low-handicap golfer making an ace are 5,000 to 1. There simply aren't numbers to say what the chances are of that same golfer reaching double digit hole-in-ones for his career.
The Brandon-Evansville Bluedogs wrapped up the West Division title and a trip to the Region 16C tournament in the process with three straight wins to end their regular season this past weekend. The Bluedogs finished the regular season 11-2 after beating Ashby 12-0 on July 4, Clarissa 7-3 this past Saturday and Kensington 11-10 on Sunday. That helped them finish one game ahead of a 10-3 Urbank-Parkers Prairie team in the West Division. Brandon-Evansville needed a ninth-inning comeback against Kensington on Sunday to finish on a high note.
By Eric Morken firstname.lastname@example.org The Alexandria VFW 16s went 3-1 early in the week as they continued a packed schedule that will take them into their home tournament this weekend. Alexandria split with the Willmar I team on Tuesday night in Carlos. They won game one, the game that counts toward the league standings, 10-0 in six innings before falling 9-4 in the nightcap. That came after a sweep against Willmar II on Monday, where the 16s won both games 10-0 in five innings. "I feel really good [about how we're playing]," head coach Orin Schueler said.
The Alexandria VFW baseball team will host a home tournament this weekend, starting tonight, Friday and ending on Sunday at Knute Nelson Memorial ballpark. The Alexandria 15s will open up the tournament with a 9 a.m. game against Marshall on Friday. The Alexandria 16s will play their opening game against Worthington at 8 p.m. on Friday. Both teams will wrap up pool play on Saturday with two games. All eight teams will then play Sunday, with the first games starting at 9 a.m.
The Brandon-Evansville Legion baseball team got a good game from Zach Carlson on its way to an 8-4 win over Hancock on Tuesday night. Carlson started on the mound and gave up just one run through five innings. He had no walks and struck out two as he let his defense work behind him. "For only his second time pitching this year, he did really well," head coach Trent Hintermeister said. "He controlled the zone, got ahead in the count. I just told him that when you get that first strike, life becomes so much easier as a pitcher.