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 Osakis softball team made believers out of a lot of people through a spirited run in the Section 5A playoffs that came up just one game short of a section title game appearance. The Silverstreaks knocked out Browerville, ACGC and Rush City along the way before ultimately falling 7-4 to Isle on Tuesday night. "We played our hearts out in this game," head coach John Stigman said. "We just didn't have enough luck and fortune to win it.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team was still alive in the Section 6A playoffs after splitting two games in Alexandria last Thursday. The Chargers got a strong pitching performance from Kinsley Randt in a 3-1 win over Parkers Prairie in game one. That matched them up with fifth-seeded Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale, where the Raiders took a 9-2 game. That dropped the Chargers to the loser's bracket, where they were scheduled to play Parkers Prairie again last night, Tuesday. "Today, we got very good pitching performances from Kinsley and Carlie [Steffenson]," head coach Tim Pattrin said.
The Northwoods League franchise in Alexandria is ready to open up a new era tonight as the Blue Anchors prepare to kick off their inaugural season against the Duluth Huskies at 7:05 p.m. Every summer brings change on teams in the NWL, but Alexandria got a complete makeover this past off-season. A change in ownership was at the forefront of that as Alexandria's Scott Allen, Shaynen Schmidt and Shane Schmidt joined Minnesota Baseball Academy owner Adam Barta in purchasing the team from the league early this year.
The reign of the Alexandria girls' golf team atop the Central Lakes Conference continued last Thursday as the Cardinals won in Willmar to wrap up their 11th CLC title in the last 12 years. Alexandria won all four conference meets this season after shooting a 341. That was 11 shots better than Rocori. The Spartans finished second behind Alexandria in all four CLC meets to finish second in the final standings. "It was a beautiful day for golf, but many of the players struggled to score for some reason," Cardinals head coach Tim Zupfer said.
The Alexandria baseball team did what only one other team in program history has done by winning a share of the Central Lakes Conference title last Thursday night. Yet the Cardinals weren't completely satisfied with their night. Alexandria guaranteed at least a tie with Rocori atop the CLC standings with a 19-0 win over Fergus Falls in game one of a doubleheader. The Otters came back, though, and spoiled Alexandria's opportunity to win it outright by taking game two 6-1 at Knute Nelson Memorial ballpark. "It's big," senior catcher Patrick Leary said of the CLC title.
The Alexandria boys' golf team went onto an opponent's home course on Tuesday and stole a conference championship from them after winning at the Wapicada Golf Club in the final Central Lakes Conference meet of the season. St. Cloud Tech and Alexandria were tied atop the league standings heading into the day, but the Tigers finished sixth with a team score of 345.
The Alexandria girls' golf team is in the midst of another winning season in what has become the norm for the top program in the Central Lakes Conference over the past decade. The Cardinals went into Willmar yesterday, Thursday, looking to win their 11th CLC title in 12 years if they could finish first or second. The conference championship meet counts double for team points, which means second-place Rocori still had a shot if the Spartans could win and Alexandria somehow finished third or worse.
The Alexandria baseball team won a pivotal game on the road on Tuesday to position itself for a chance at a Central Lakes Conference title on its home field last night. The Cardinals went to Brainerd and came back with a 10-4 win to move to 10-2 in the CLC. Alexandria pounded out 15 hits and broke things open with eight runs in the final three innings. That meant the Cardinals would tie Rocori at 11-3 for a conference title with a split against Fergus Falls last night.
Softball team will try to battle back in loser's bracket By Eric Morken email@example.com Defensive errors helped give the Alexandria softball team a late lead on Wednesday night and then took it away again in a 9-7 loss to Big Lake in the Section 8-3A quarterfinals at Woodland Elementary school. Big Lake committed two errors in the bottom of the sixth after Emily Kuennen singled sharply to lead off the frame. That hit to the outfield skipped under the center fielder's legs as Kuennen wound up at third on a two-bag error.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team outslugged Hillcrest in the opening round of the Section 6A-South playoffs for a 13-11 win in some wet conditions on Tuesday night. Many area softball and baseball games were postponed on Tuesday, but the Chargers and Comets battled through it to get their game in. Both teams went scoreless through the first two innings before the offenses erupted for a combined 11 runs in the fourth. Brandon-Evansville had six of those runs and added five in the fifth to help take control of the game.