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Alexandria's Jake Drew was pitching in a scrimmage against Minnewaska in early April when he experienced the feeling that every pitcher dreads. "I felt fine the first inning," he said after Alexandria's home opener on April 14. "Then about five pitches in, I felt a pop in my elbow. I thought, 'Oh, shoot. This isn't good.' I threw another pitch to see how it would feel and then it just ached. It was a sharp pain in my elbow." Drew has never dealt with arm problems before, but he knows baseball. He understood exactly what that often means for a pitcher.
The Osakis baseball team ran its record to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Prairie Conference with a 14-4 win over Upsala-Swanville Area on the road on Thursday. Osakis trailed by one early but quickly put guys on base to put pressure on the Patriots. The Silverstreaks led 6-1 through three and a half innings before USA made it 6-4 behind five hits and an error in the bottom of the fourth.
The Ashby baseball team got its first win of the season at the expense of Brandon-Evansville on Thursday night as the Arrows won a 6-4 game. The Chargers cut it to within two runs in the seventh when Taylor Bitzan delivered a two-run single. Brandon-Evansville had the tying run at the plate, but Ashby's Christian Norby struck out the last batter to secure the win.
After two weather postponements earlier in the week, the Osakis softball team got a game in on Thursday and made quick work of Upsala in a 14-1 win in five innings. Jenna Fearing provided a lot of the offense with three hits that included a triple to go along with four RBIs. Morgan Silbernick added two hits and three RBIs, while Ana Chisholm drove in two with a double and Kali Giesler added a hit and an RBI.
The Alexandria softball team lost on a walk-off in Detroit Lakes on Thursday night as the new Section 8AAA opponents went back and forth in the late innings. The Lakers (8-1) gave up three runs in the top of the seventh but responded with three of their own in the bottom to walk off winners. There was a total of 24 hits in the game and nine errors as both teams used some big innings on offense. The Lakers scored five in the fourth to take a 5-2 lead only to watch the Cardinals respond with four in the fifth.
BASEBALL Osakis at Staples-Motely, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. YME, 5 p.m. Ashby at HLA, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Menahga, 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Osakis vs. Sauk Centre, 4:30 p.m. WCA...
The Brandon-Evansville softball team is clicking right now in the midst of a five-game winning streak. The Chargers’ offense has been potent all season with 118 runs in 10 games...
The West Central Area baseball team suffered its first losses of the season on Tuesday after getting swept in two close games of a doubleheader against Upsala. The Cardinals won 2-1 in the nightcap after winning an 8-5 game in the opener. The Knights had been finding ways to win in the seventh innings lately, but it was Upsala that won with a single run in the top of the seventh in game two. West Central Area had nine hits in the game but scratched across just the one run in the first inning on a Buzz Miller RBI.
The Alexandria boys golf team took a break from Central Lakes Conference play to get a taste of the Greystone Golf Club where the Section 8-3A meet will be played this spring. Four teams from the section in Alexandria, Bemidji, Moorhead and Monticello were there to compete in the seven-team field on Wednesday, with the Spuds taking home the win after shooting a 326 in cold and windy conditions. The Cardinals were second at 332, while Monticello (338) and Bemidji (346) rounded out the top four.
Baseball fans in the area will have a chance to see two Division II teams play at Knute Nelson Ballpark this weekend after a late schedule change for Southwest Minnesota...