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The Buffalo girls golf team is the Section 8AAA frontrunner after winning two straight section titles, and the Bison made another statement on Thursday by winning the pre-section meet with a 343. Alexandria was 12 shots behind at 355 as all 12 section teams gathered in Brainerd at The Preserve. The Cardinals' Bridget Amundson was meet medalist as the senior shot a 40 on the front and a 39 on the back for a 79.
The Alexandria softball team got back above the .500 mark and snapped a two-game skid in the process after a 12-7 win over Willmar on Thursday. Alexandria used a six-run fourth inning to open things up a little and added three more runs over the next two innings. The Cardinals (5-4, 2-4 CLC) pounded out 15 hits. McKenzie Revering led the charge with three hits, including a double, to go with two runs and two RBIs. Allison O'Kane, Ellie Ronning, Calley Richardson, Kendra Hardy and Sydney Christenson all had two hits apiece and combined for six RBIs and seven runs scored.
The Alexandria baseball team has yet to let a losing streak develop this season as the Cardinals bounced back from a loss to Rocori with a walk-off win over Willmar on Thursday.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Pequot Lakes, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby @ Minnetonka HS, 11 a.m. Osakis @ Bertha-Hewitt, 4:30 p.m. WCA vs. LGPE Parkers Prairie vs. OTC, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska vs. Paynesville, 4:30 p.m. BOYS GOLF
Two area baseball teams with young rosters matched up on Thursday and put together a clean game in a 3-2 win for Brandon-Evansville over West Central Area. The Chargers (7-4, 6-3 Pheasant Conference) have already surpassed their win total from a year ago with almost three weeks left in the regular season. They’ve won close games recently, getting their second straight one-run victory on Thursday after winning a 6-3 game on April 24.
The Osakis girls golf team won its first meet of the season on Wednesday as the Silverstreaks went to Greystone in Sauk Centre and came home with a 400 score. That dominated the five-team field as Pierz came in a distant second at 434 at Albany was third with a 438. Sauk Centre (441) and Melrose (526) rounded out the field. Junior Alayna Eldred was in midseason form as she continues to cement herself as one of the state's top prep golfers. She shot a personal-best 4-under on the back and finished her day at 2-under 70 to win medalist honors.
The Alexandria girls track and field team made good on its final tuneup before True Team meet by winning a triangular in Brainerd after scoring 157.5 points on Tuesday. The Cardinals took advantage of ideal weather conditions to post 12 season bests and 62 more personal bests. Pequot Lakes was a distant second with 98 points, while Brainerd had 91.5.
The Osakis baseball team got a no-hitter against St. John's Prep on April 28. Their next time on the field, the Silverstreaks used a walk-off home run to win another Prairie Conference game. Sophomore Logan Hartshorn did the damage in a battle of two of the top teams in the league. Senior Brady Berberich had tied things at five apiece in the first extra inning with his fourth hit of the game in the eighth. Two batters later with one out and two runners on, Hartshorn deposited a 2-1 pitch over the trees in left field to send his team home a winner.
The Alexandria boys track and field team traveled to Brainerd on Tuesday and came back with a first-place team finish after scoring 139.5 points in the triangular. Brainerd had 108, while Pequot Lakes rounded out the meet at 103.5. The Cardinals won six of the 17 events they participated in and had 40 personal-best performances.
The Alexandria baseball team had a seven-game winning streak snapped on Tuesday night as the Cardinals went to Rocori and fell 6-1. The Spartans got two doubles and two RBIs from Jordan Barth, while Dylan Tebrake had three hits and drove in two more. The win moved Rocori to 3-4 overall and in the Central Lakes Conference, while Alexandria fell to 7-2 and 5-2 in the CLC. St. Cloud Tech leads the conference at 5-0 and 8-0 overall after giving up less than a run per game average through the first eight contests.