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The West Central Area baseball team suffered its first losses of the season on Tuesday after getting swept in two close games of a doubleheader against Upsala. The Cardinals won 2-1 in the nightcap after winning an 8-5 game in the opener. The Knights had been finding ways to win in the seventh innings lately, but it was Upsala that won with a single run in the top of the seventh in game two. West Central Area had nine hits in the game but scratched across just the one run in the first inning on a Buzz Miller RBI.
The Alexandria boys golf team took a break from Central Lakes Conference play to get a taste of the Greystone Golf Club where the Section 8-3A meet will be played this spring. Four teams from the section in Alexandria, Bemidji, Moorhead and Monticello were there to compete in the seven-team field on Wednesday, with the Spuds taking home the win after shooting a 326 in cold and windy conditions. The Cardinals were second at 332, while Monticello (338) and Bemidji (346) rounded out the top four.
Baseball fans in the area will have a chance to see two Division II teams play at Knute Nelson Ballpark this weekend after a late schedule change for Southwest Minnesota State University and Wayne State. Due to expected poor weather in Nebraska this weekend, SMSU reached out to former Mustangs player and current Cardinals coach Jake Munsch to see if it would be possible to play their weekend series in Alexandria. The two teams will meet Friday with a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. and conclude the series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon.
BASEBALL Osakis at Upsala, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville vs. Ashby, 4:30 p.m. WCA vs. LPGE, 5 p.m. Minnewaska at Benson (DH), 4 p.m. PPD SOFTBALL Alexandria at Detroit Lakes, 5 p.m...
There was wind and cold, but the Alexandria girls golf team avoided rain as the third element that can make life miserable for a golfer during Minnesota springs. That’s the positive to be taken from the conditions on Wednesday at AGC. Twelve teams were on hand to battle the cold in the Cardinals’ first home invite of the season. The Cardinals held their own without their normal number one golfer, Bridget Amundson, in the lineup. The junior stayed in school after missing classes earlier in the week due to an illness.
The Alexandria Area High School trap shooting team has two weeks in the book and has had to shoot through some wet weather conditions on each of the past two Mondays. This past Monday featured 42 degrees with 14 mile per hour winds. The Cardinals still had 14 shooters hit 45 or more clays out of a possible 50.
The West Central Area softball team swept a doubleheader against Upsala on Tuesday night, winning 18-1 in game one and 10-9 in the nightcap. Morgan Sanstead had a 5-for-5 game at the plate in game two to lead the Knights to a narrow win. She tripled once and singled four times, while Abby Oberg singled twice and hit a home run. Kaitlyn Sanstead singled three times and doubled once, while Jordan Nohre also went 4-for-4.
The Minnewaska softball team split a doubleheader with Benson-Hancock after dropping game two 14-13 and taking the opener 8-4. The Lakers scored one run in the seventh of game two, but the rally came up a run short after a fly out to shortstop to end the game. Abby VerSteeg had a huge game in the losing effort for Minnewaska, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Erin Edmunds and Mason Schlief each added three hits and three RBIs, while Alisha Vigil went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Osakis girls golf team finds itself atop the Central Minnesota Conference standings after two meets after winning at Maple Lake on Tuesday with a team total of 180. That beat Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa by 19 strokes, a team that the Silverstreaks are now leading by three strokes in the early CMC standings.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team continued its winning ways with its fourth straight victory, this one coming in a 13-3 game against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Tuesday night. The Chargers have scored more than 10 runs in all four of those wins. Brandon-Evansville scored in every inning but the fifth on Tuesday, building a 6-2 lead after four before scoring seven in the sixth to end it.