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The Osakis baseball team saw a chance to move to 2-0 in the Prairie Conference slip through its fingers on Friday. The Silverstreaks led 3-2 going to the bottom of the seventh when a one-out walk came around to score after a stolen base and a base hit. Osakis took the lead back in the top of the eighth after Jarret Seela doubled in Mason Moore to make it 4-3. But in the bottom of the extra frame, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle used another one-out walk and an error to tie the game before a two-out double sent the Thunder home walk-off winners in a 5-4 game.
The Alexandria girls golf team created more distance from the Central Lakes Conference field on Friday as the Cardinals dominated their third league meet of the season. Alexandria has a four-point lead over Sartell-St. Stephen in the overall CLC standings after shooting a 335 at the Territory Golf Club in St. Cloud. The Sabres were a distant second with a 364 and Brainerd was third with a 377.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team made quick work of a young Hancock team as the Chargers rolled to a 20-0 win in Pheasant Conference play on Friday. The Chargers (7-2, 3-1) have now won three straight after Emily Bukkila and Kristen Kokett combined for four no-hit innings and the offense had nine hits. The Owls (0-4) struggled defensively with nine errors, as well.
BOYS GOLF Alexandria at Perham, 9:30 a.m. Minnewaska Tri, TBD GIRLS GOLF Alexandria at Staples-Motley, 10 a.m. Minnewaska at Brainerd, 8:30 a.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria at Rockford, 1 p.m. BOYS TENNIS Alexandria Quad, 10 a.m.
The West Central Area girls golf team was down a golfer in Lexi Poyzer due to illness, but used four players in its lineup to post a team score of 436 at Pebble Lake. The Knights finished second as one of just two teams who fielded a whole team. Ottertail Central won the meet with a 415 behind meet medalist Morgan Klintworth's 92. Eighth grader Jessica St. Martin of WCA was second individually with a 96.
The Osakis boys golf team opened its Central Minnesota Conference season on Thursday and finished fifth out of the seven-team field. The Silverstreaks shot a score of 203. Eden Valley-Watkins-Kimball was first with a 179, while Pierz and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa were close behind in second and third at 181 and 182, respectively.
The St. Cloud Tech tennis team swept Alexandria on Thursday evening as the perennially tough Tigers controlled the singles lineup and won some close matches at doubles. Alexandria’s first doubles team of Grant Storm and Eli Simonson bounced back from a 6-0 loss in the first set to push Nick Portz and Nate Trewick in the second, where the Tigers duo needed a tiebreaker to win 7-6 (6). Alexandria’s AJ Bollman and Jacob Partington also challenged their opponent at second doubles before falling 7-5, 6-2.
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APRIL 21 BASEBALL Osakis at Melrose, 4:30 p.m. WCA at Kimball Area, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie at Wadena-DC, 4:30 p.m. BOYS GOLF Osakis at Minnewaska, 11 a.m. SOFTBALL Brandon-Evansville vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Osakis at Browerville-EV, 5 p.m.
ADAPTED BOWLING Alexandria vs. Fergus Falls/Simley BASEBALL Alexandria at Bemidji, 5 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at OTC, 4:30 p.m. Osakis vs. LPGE, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hancock at Chokio-Alberta, 4 p.m. Ashby vs. WHN, 5 p.m.