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BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Brainerd, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Browerville-EV, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hillcrest, 4 p.m. Parkers Prairie vs. Sebeka, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS GOLF Minnewaska @ Hutchinson, 1 p.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville @ Ortonville (DH), 4 p.m.
The Alexandria baseball team gave away a two-run lead on Thursday night before taking it back in walk-off fashion in a 4-3 win over Rocori. The Spartans (7-6, 6-6 Central Lakes Conference) scored twice in the top of the seventh to tie things at three apiece. The Cardinals (10-4, 7-4 CLC) didn't waste any time responding as Connor Busse led off with a double before walks from Brock and Blake Anderson loaded the bases with one out. That brought Conner Hammerback to the plate as the senior delivered a walk-off single to score Busse with the winning run.
The Alexandria tennis team ran into a Central Lakes Conference power in St. Cloud Tech on Thursday at the AAHS courts and fell in a 7-0 final. Alexandria sophomore JJ Foster pushed the Tigers the most in his first singles match with Eric Inderieden. Foster forced a tiebreaker in the first set but fell 7-6 (2) before dropping the second set 6-0. Tech took care of every match in straight sets. "I feel our guys played quite well at most every spot, but the Tigers seemed to have an answer for everything we tried," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said.
The Alexandria girls golf team traveled to St. Cloud on Thursday morning to test itself against a loaded field of competitors and finished fourth at the St. Cloud Country Club Invite. The Cardinals, ranked fifth in the Class AAA Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Association poll, shot a 335 as senior Bridget Amundson won medalist honors with a 75. The only teams in front of them were all state ranked as Detroit Lakes, second in the AA polls, won with a 329. Section foe Buffalo, ranked fourth in AAA, was second at 332 and Forest Lake, ranked third, was third with a 332.
The Alexandria boys golf team has had four Central Lakes Conference meets cancelled this spring and were able to make one of those up on Wednesday in Willmar as the Cardinals expanded their lead in the league with another win. Alexandria shot a 301, beating Brainerd and Sartell by 13 strokes. Fergus Falls rounded out the top four with a 320.
The Minnewaska girls golf team expanded its lead in the West Central Conference as the Lakers won at the Meadowlark Country Club by shooting a 168 and at Greystone with a 170 on May 9. Ashlyn Guggisberg is one of 14 finalists who were named on May 10 to the 2017 Ms. Minnesota Golf Watchlist that will recognize that top female senior golfer in the state this year. The winner of that will be announced on June 11.
The Osakis girls golf team won the 6AA Pre-section meet at Blackberry Ridge on Monday as the Silverstreaks shot a team score of 383. Junior Alayna Eldred finished with medalist honors after carding an 82, and freshman teammate Lexi Dirkes had a personal-best 91 to finish fourth individually. That led the way as Kiara Hensley shot a 103 and Kadyn Triebenbach shot a 107 to round out the scoring. Marissa Reilly shot a 129 and Jayden Hensley a 130 round out the Osakis lineup.
Minnewaska senior Morgan Hess has been an anchor for the Lakers softball team all season and her no-hitter on Tuesday helped this group to a ninth straight win. Hess struck out seven Montevideo batters in a 5-0 win over the Thunder Hawks (6-7, 4-5 West Central Conference). She didn't walk any either, as the only blemish to her line came when a batter reached on an error in the fourth and seventh inning.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team dominated Lake Park-Audubon on Tuesday in an 18-0 victory in five innings. The Chargers (10-4) scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back. They pounded out 16 hits and scored in every frame to make quick work of the Raiders (2-9). "We were able to set the tone early in this game by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning and managed to add to it as the game progressed," B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said. "Everybody did their part today and both Trey (Bosek) and Nick (Thorstad) pitched well."
The Alexandria boys tennis team ran into an improved Willmar program on Tuesday night that handed Alexandria a 7-0 loss in Central Lakes Conference play. Willmar won five of the seven matches in straight sets. Grant Storm and Eli Simonson gave Alexandria a chance by taking the second set at first doubles, but fell in a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 final. AJ Bollman and Jacob Partington also took the second set at second doubles but ultimately fell.