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The Alexandria softball team won its seventh straight game on Thursday night by sweeping a doubleheader at St. Cloud Tech in 8-3 and 5-3 games. No surprise — Ellie Ronning had a lot to do with that. The junior continued her huge season with three hits, including a home run and a triple, on her way to four RBIs in the 8-3 win. Allison O'Kane added three hits, including a double, to go with two runs. Amy Jost was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, and McKenzie Revering was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the nightcap.
The Alexandria tennis team dominated a Central Lakes Conference match against St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday, winning 7-0. Each win came in straight sets as Devin Crowe got things going with a 6-0, 6-0 win at first singles. Devlin Van Gall won 6-1, 6-1 at the second spot. Derek Berning won his third singles match 6-2, 6-2 and Matt Vogel wrapped up the singles lineup sweep with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the number four spot.
The Osakis baseball team wrapped up second place in the Prairie Conference on Thursday night by getting every player an at-bat and cruising to a 15-4 win at St. John's Prep. "This was a nice win for this team in a lot of ways," head coach Shad Schmidt said. "It secured sole possession of second place in the conference, it guarantees us a winning record. We now beat every team in our conference at least once and we swept the conference champions (Long Prairie). From a section standpoint it will help in seeding also."
The Parkers Prairie softball team wrapped up its regular season with a 15-9 win over Swanville to head into the playoffs with an 11-7 record. The Panthers are the second seed in the 6A-East tournament and will play seventh-seeded Upsala on Tuesday in Parkers Prairie. Darianne Saxton helped them enter the playoffs on a good note with two hits, two runs and two RBIs against Swanville. Kendra Thoennes added two hits, while Jennifer Hanson, Rachel Martinson and Courtney Meissner combined for nine runs out of the bottom three spots in the lineup. GAME SUMMARY
The West Central Area baseball team couldn't hold onto a 5-2 lead after three innings as Hillcrest Lutheran Academy rallied for the 6-5 win on Thursday. The Comets (7-6) scored three in the fifth and the game winner in the top of the seventh. Reggie Udseth worked a scoreless bottom of the seventh to complete the win after he worked all seven innings. Udseth allowed just two earned runs on five hits and one walk. He struck out five.
The Minnewaska softball team scored all of its runs in the third and fourth innings on Thursday night to run away from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in a 14-4 win. Abby VerSteeg was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, while Mason Schlief added two doubles. Bailey Steward was also 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBIs. Sophomore Rachel Erickson got the win from the circle after going all five innings. She scattered eight hits and struck out seven. GAME SUMMARY Minnewaska 14, BBE 4
BASEBALL Osakis 15, St. John’s Prep 4 The Osakis baseball team wrapped up second place in the Prairie Conference on Thursday night by getting every player an at-bat and cruising...
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Willmar, 7 p.m. Osakis vs. Melrose, 3:30 p.m. CANCELLED Minnewaska at BBE, 4:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. WHN, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria at Willmar, 5 p.m. Osakis vs...
Adapted bowlers across the state had to qualify for the state tournament for the first time this season. The number of students participating in the sport had simply outgrown the Brunswick Zone in Brooklyn Park. Teams used to be able to send all their athletes, but the Cardinals will still be well represented at Friday's state meet.
The Section 6A softball tournament is set with Brandon-Evansville earning the top seed in the West subsection after taking a 12-4 record into Friday's regular-season finale against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. The Chargers get a bye in the opening round and will play the winner of fourth-seeded West Central Area and fifth-seeded CGB next Thursday at 4 p.m. at Minnewaska. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (9-3) is the second seed in the West. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross is third, Ashby sixth and Ortonville is the seventh seed.