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The Alexandria baseball team won a couple home games late this past week after following up the 5-4 walk-off win over Willmar Thursday with a 10-6 victory over Pequot Lakes on Friday night. The Cardinals (9-2, 6-2 Central Lakes Conference) never trailed against the Patriots (7-2, 4-0 Mid-State Conference) as they put two on the board in the first. They scored in every inning after that, including three in the bottom of the sixth after Pequot Lakes had cut it to a one-run game with five runs of its own in the top of that inning.
A sweep for the Osakis softball team over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Friday kept the Silverstreaks perfect in the Prairie Conference. Osakis (9-2, 5-0 Prairie North) won an 11-8 game in the opener before having a little bit easier time in a 14-5 win in the nightcap. The Thunder (3-9, 1-5 Prairie North) had a 4-2 lead in game two, but the Silverstreaks piled on the runs in the middle innings. They scored five in the third and a combined seven more through the next three frames. LPGE committed nine errors in the game, while Osakis had just one.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team is 8-4 and 7-3 in the Pheasant Conference after a 15-2 win over Ashby (2-7, 0-7 Pheasant) at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus on Friday morning. The two teams got to play at the university after originally being scheduled to play at Minnetonka. A busy schedule of games at Minnetonka left Ashby and B-E looking for a place to play this past week before a connection through those at Ashby and the University of Minnesota pulled together the game at Siebert Field.
The Alexandria girls golf team hosted an invite at the Geneva Golf Club two days ahead of its Central Lakes Conference meet at the Alexandria Golf Club and came away with a first-place finish on Saturday. The Cardinals Black team shot a 335 to beat Elk River by 10 strokes in the seven-team field. Rogers was third at 350, and the Alexandria Red team shot a 422 to come in seventh.
BOYS GOLF Alexandria @ Fergus Falls, 8:30 a.m. GIRLS GOLF Alexandria Invite @ Geneva, 9:30 a.m. SOFTBALL Alexandria Invite, 10 a.m. BOYS TENNIS Alexandria Invite, 10 a.m. Minnewaska @ Montevideo Tournament, 9 a.m.
The Parkers Prairie baseball team is the new top-ranked team in the Class A polls that were released on May 3 by Let's Play Baseball. Springfield (5-2) came into the season ranked number one after winning the Class A title over the Panthers (8-1) a year ago. Parkers Prairie was ranked second in those preseason rankings and has rattled off seven straight wins now after dominating Bertha-Hewitt 15-4 in five innings on Thursday.
Katie Merrick, Lexi Poyzer and Jessica St. Martin all finished in the top six of the individual standings to lead the West Central Area girls golf team at the Border West Invite on Thursday. Merrick shot a 50 to finish third and help the Knights to the win as the only varsity team with a full roster. Poyzer shot a 52 in fifth place and St. Martin had a 53 in sixth. Ortonville's Karina Kafka (40) and Alisah Ross (47) were the top two scorers in the meet. Libby Poyzer shot a 57 for WCA. Katie Wrolson had a 58, and Emily Courrier shot a 72 to round out the lineup.
The West Central Area boys golf team came home from the Long Prairie Invite with a third-place finish on Thursday after Jackson Merrick took sixth individually. Merrick shot a 90, while teammate Kaden Spindler shot his best round of the year with a 93. Ottertail Central won the meet, while Pillager was second in the team standings.
The Alexandria boys golf team wants to compete for a section championship this season, and the Cardinals look like they could be right there later this spring after the results at pre-section. The 8AAA field gathered at The Preserve Golf Course in Brainerd Thursday as the Cardinals shot a 309 to finish in second place. That was just two shots off Brainerd in first as the Warriors carded a 307.
The Buffalo girls golf team is the Section 8AAA frontrunner after winning two straight section titles, and the Bison made another statement on Thursday by winning the pre-section meet with a 343. Alexandria was 12 shots behind at 355 as all 12 section teams gathered in Brainerd at The Preserve. The Cardinals' Bridget Amundson was meet medalist as the senior shot a 40 on the front and a 39 on the back for a 79.