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The Alexandria softball team dropped a couple of big games in section and conference play on Tuesday as Sauk Rapids-Rice swept a doubleheader in 6-2 and 7-4 finals. The Storm (10-8, 7-5 Central Lakes Conference) came in as the fourth seeded team in the QRF section standings but showed why this could be an open field. Sauk Rapids-Rice scored three runs in the first inning of game two and never trailed. It was a 7-1 before the Cardinals (11-7, 5-7 CLC) added three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
The Alexandria baseball team had no problem disposing of Sauk Rapids-Rice in a home doubleheader sweep on Tuesday. The Cardinals (12-5, 9-5 Central Lakes Conference) won 10-0 in five innings during the opener before exploding for even more runs in an 18-8 win in the nightcap.
Alexandria’s Jacey Roste had already tied a school record in the pole vault this year by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches. She wanted that record to herself, and she got it on Tuesday. Roste won the pole vault at the Cardinals’ home triangular with Willmar and Sartell-St. Stephen by clearing 9 feet, 7 inches after coming into the day with a lot of confidence after some recent practices.
Alexandria junior Bryce Ludwig could feel a good day coming on in the throws as the Cardinals hosted their lone home triangular of the season on Tuesday. The throwers were going through a hard taper and his arm felt good. The wind that was blowing in helps lift the discus, which made conditions perfect for that event. In practice, Ludwig had thrown a couple 53 footers in shot leading up to the triangular, but 55 feet?
Turkeys are still gobbling on the roost for those who have a tag left to fill. Sunday morning was as vocal as I have heard them all season, but it was much of the same in terms of actually getting them to commit. Toms and jakes gobbled back and forth with each other in the trees. It was like someone flipped a switch once they got down. I didn't hear a gobble from 6:30 to 9:30 Sunday morning until I was on my way back to the boat to cross the river. A few cuts on my mouth call got a bird to sound off in the distance.
Isaac Infanger was a third-grader more than 1,000 miles from home at the Sinai Hospital in Baltimore recovering from another surgery in 2008. What would have been a scary situation for most kids was nothing new for him. Isaac, now 18 and a senior at Osakis High School, has had 20 surgeries to try and fix issues that stem from a condition called Leg Length Discrepancy. This visit to Baltimore, though, was supposed to finally be a solution.
Alexandria's 4x400 relay team gathered together to say a prayer with everything on the line going into the final race at the Section 8AAA True Team meet on May 9. After more than 20 years of not winning a true team section title, senior Madi Gay said these girls were confident that this was the group that could beat a perennially strong program in St. Michael-Albertville. All that was left to do was beat the Knights head-to-head in the final relay to at least force a tie and virtual meet in the computer system.
The Brandon-Evansville softball team got two wins on Monday that propelled this group into at least a share of the Pheasant Conference championship. The Chargers (14-4, 11-3 Pheasant) ousted Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (9-4, 8-3 Pheasant) 13-2 in five innings after taking the opener 7-6. The Comets came in with just one loss atop the conference but left after falling into third place with West Central Area at 10-3 in second place.
BASEBALL Alexandria vs. Sauk Rapids-Rice (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis @ SJP, 5 p.m. Parkers Prairie @ Pillager, 4:30 p.m. Minnewaska @ Montevideo, 5 p.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria @ Sauk Rapids-Rice (DH), 4 p.m. Osakis vs. Bertha-Hewitt, 4:30 p.m.
BASEBALL Brandon-Evansville @ Hillcrest, 5 p.m. WCA vs. Hancock, 5 p.m. Ashby @ WHN, 5 p.m. Minnewaska at New London-Spicer, 5 p.m. Osakis vs. Upsala-Swanville Area, 5 p.m. BOYS GOLF Osakis @ Paynesville, 9 a.m.