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Alexandria's Parker Bowden completed an improbable seventh-inning rally on Friday night as the junior delivered a two-out base hit that sent his team home a walk-off winner in a 4-3 game against Rocori. The Cardinals went into their final at-bat trailing by three after future North Dakota State University pitcher Reed Pfannenstein put up six straight zeroes for Rocori. Alexandria finally got to him in the seventh. The Cardinals got back-to-back singles from Jeff Swedberg and Nick Knoblach to start the frame.
The Cardinal baseball team remained perfect in the Central Lakes Conference with a 13-2 win over Sartell on Tuesday night. Alexandria put everything together in the easy win over the Sabres. The Cardinals committed just one error. Blake Stockert took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and the offense pounded out 14 hits. Stockert was one out away from completing the five-inning no-hitter before Sartell broke it up with a single that scored two unearned runs.
Eric Branch got the only win for Alexandria on Tuesday night as the Brainerd tennis team handed the Cardinals a 6-1 loss in the Central Lakes Conference. Branch took care of Peyton Argir at fourth singles by a 6-1, 6-4 score. The Warriors won every other match in straight sets. "Brainerd took it to us bad on our home courts and this is hard to swallow," Alexandria head coach Dave Ronning said. "Our guys had a rough night and look to get the bad taste out of our mouths when Apollo comes to town on [Thursday]." BRAINERD 6, ALEXANDRIA 1 SINGLES - No. 1 - OJ Kremer (B) def.
The Alexandria boys' golf team got off to a slow start in the first Central Lakes Conference meet of the season on Monday as the Cardinals finished fifth at Sartell. Alexandria finished with a team score of 328 behind a 77 from senior Nick Brundell. St. Cloud Tech was 16 shots better with a 312 that was good enough to win the meet. Sartell shot a 318 and Willmar rounded out the top three with a 320. "We are now going to play only four CLC meets, which makes each meet that much more important," head coach Rick Larson said.
The Alexandria girls' golf team has been a consistent front-runner in the Central Lakes Conference and this year should be no different. The Cardinals return an experienced lineup and played like it in winning the first CLC meet of the season on Monday. Alexandria shot a 325, 12 shots better than second place Rocori on the Spartans' home course. Senior Brynn Novotny led the charge behind a 79 that tied her for medalist honors.
The Carlos Cougars got the Resorters baseball season going with a 6-2 win over Urbank-Parkers Prairie this past weekend. Mark Hillesheim got the win after allowing no hits through four innings. He walked two and struck out three before Nate Hoelscher, Jason Schueler and Matt Hoelscher closed out the game over the final five frames. Nate Hoelscher had three RBIs to lead the offense.
Osakis knows there will be bigger tests awaiting it as the season goes along, but that doesn't take away from what has been the most dominant start by any baseball team in the area. The Silverstreaks moved to 9-0 on Tuesday night with 12-3 and 14-0 wins over West Central Area. That followed a 23-1 win over Hancock at Knute Nelson ballpark in Alexandria on Monday night. Through the first nine games, Osakis had outscored its opponents 109-15. "These guys are focused," head coach Shad Schmidt said. "They know what our goals are and they're kind of keeping their eye on the prize.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team split a doubleheader with Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Tuesday night, falling in game two 7-5 after winning the opener 8-6. The Chargers walked three batters and hit another one as CGB scored four runs in the first inning of the nightcap.
The Brandon-Evansville Bluedogs got their season off to a fast start with a 15-0 win over the expansion Swanville Swans out of the Resorters East Division this past weekend. The Bluedogs scored in each of their first six innings, including a four-run first that set the tone. Brandon-Evansville added five more in the fifth as 10 different players recorded a hit in the game. Nate Meissner was the catalyst of that offense with a 3-for-3 day at the plate. He added a walk, two runs and two RBIs.
With the way this spring has gone, it was only fitting that the opener for the Alexandria girls' golf team would come with rain and temperatures in the upper-30s when things started on Saturday morning. It was hardly ideal conditions as the Cardinals hosted a 10-team invite at the Geneva Golf Club. The important thing, though, was that they were on the course on a day when Alexandria finished second with a team score of 336.