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Osakis’ Jeff Piekarski had pitched some high school games for the Silverstreaks this past spring but had never been on the mound for the Hawks in Resorters League play until Sunday. He made a good first impression. Piekarski threw a complete-game gem, allowing just six hits in helping the Hawks to a 5-1 win over the Ashby’s A’s in the regular season finale.
The Alexandria Legion baseball team snapped a four-game skid with a good opening day at the Gopher Classic at Bethel University on Friday. Alexandria got good pitching in two games to beat St. Michael 8-0 after taking care of Omaha Concordia 9-1 earlier in the day. Brock Anderson and Brady Burgau combined to toss a one-hitter against St. Michael. Anderson started and went five innings, allowing the hit to go with two walks and seven strikeouts. He got the win as Burgau came on to shut the door over the final two innings. Burgau walked two and struck out four.
The Alexandria Reds Junior Legion baseball team bounced back from a 5-4 loss to Elk River on Friday by beating Worthington 8-0 in the nightcap of the opening day of action at the Bernice Classic at Knute Nelson Ballpark. Alexandria jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. Isaac McCoy had two hits, a run scored and two RBIs, while Ethan Patience added two hits, including a double, to go with two runs scored. Dominic Schmidt also doubled and scored twice.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria at Gopher Classic, Bethel University, vs. Bloomington Blue, 8 a.m. Alexandria Junior Black and Red Tournament at Knute Nelson
The Alexandria Junior Reds Legion baseball team features a roster that is younger than almost every team it plays, but one that is gaining confidence with every contest. Even in a loss, the Reds showed they won’t back down to opponents this summer. Alexandria opened up three days of baseball at Knute Nelson Ballpark on Friday morning by taking on Elk River in the Bernice Classic.
LEGION BASEBALL Alexandria at Gopher Classic, Bethel University, vs. Middleton, 10:30 a.m. Alexandria at Gopher Classic, Bethel University, vs. St. Michael, 1 p.m. Alexandria Junior Black and Red Tournament at Knute Nelson, TBD RESORTERS LEAGUE BASEBALL Ashby A’s vs. Dent Wildcats, 7:30 p.m.
The Alexandria Junior Black and Red Legion baseball teams will host their July Tournament this weekend with eight teams competing at Knute Nelson Ballpark through Sunday. Pool A consists of Alexandria Black, New Ulm, Marshall and Blaine, while Pool B features Alexandria Red, Tracy, Worthington and Elk River. The Alexandria Red team will open up the tournament with a 9 a.m. game against Elk River on Friday. The Reds also play Worthington at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, while the Alexandria Blacks open their schedule with a 1:30 p.m. game against New Ulm.
A tournament to honor military heroes and raise scholarship money for veterans was in Alexandria June 24 and 25 on the Chain of Lakes. The Fishing for our Heroes Walleye and Bass Tournament is hosted through the Daniel Drevnick Memorial Fund. Drevnick is a Woodbury native who joined the Army National Guard in 2005. He was deployed in Iraq on March 2, 2009 when a hostile rocket was launched into his compound. Drevnick and two other American soldiers were killed in the attack.
LEGION BASEBALL Osakis at Morris Area, 7:30 p.m. Brandon-Evansville at Glenwood-Lowry, DH, 6 p.m.
Alexandria native Chase Duwenhoegger didn't even know he was going to compete in track and field when he went to college at Hamline University, let alone end his career as a two-time All American in the shot put. Duwenhoegger graduated from Jefferson High School in 2013 where he competed in track and field for two seasons. His passion at that time was football, and that's what he planned to pursue when he went off to college at the Division III level.