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The Osakis softball team made quick work of Swanville on Tuesday, topping the Bulldogs 12-1 in five innings to stretch the Silverstreaks winning streak to six games. It was cold and windy at the field, but Morgan Staloch said the team has a way to get through.
One of my least favorite sayings in sports is "it's only a game." I remember back when I played high school sports, I would hear parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents say that to me or one of my teammates and I would cringe. My thoughts were, "If it were only a game, why do we keep score? Why did we play it?"
The Alexandria Area Hockey Association and the Alexandria Fire Department held a Bags and Beer fundraiser on Saturday at the Runestone Community Center. The event featured a 20-team, double elimination bean bag tournament, a 16-vendor craft beer expo, a silent auction and live music.
While most teams barely have their golf shoes laced up at this point in the season, Lakeville South brought two teams to the Minnewaska Golf Club that are already in midseason and took the top two spots in the Minnewaska Invitational. The Cougars varsity team finished with a score of 308, while their JV took second at 320. Osakis senior RJ Dykema carded an 85 on the day, shooting a 41 on the front nine and a 44 on the back.
Alexandria senior Will Odland made the most out of a dreary day on the golf course Friday, earning medalist honors and leading the Cardinals to a first-place tournament finish at the Alexandria Golf Club. Odland carded a 73 on the day, contributing the smallest number to the team score of 307.
With a 4-4 ballgame heading into the bottom of the seventh Thursday against Staples-Motley, the Osakis baseball team had the three, four and five hitters coming up to hit, and they had to do anything to get on base and come around to score. Even if that means using the opposition’s mistakes. Senior Brady Berberich got it going with a leadoff walk and stole second before cleanup hitter Logan Hartshorn grounded out to short for the first out.
The Alexandria softball team wasn’t ready for the Brainerd bats in Tuesday night’s season opener at Alexandria Area High School, as the Warriors took advantage of four first-inning Cardinals errors and scored seven runs on the way to an eventual 14-6 win.
The wind played a big part in the seven errors between Brandon-Evansville and West Central Area Friday night. When the Knights scored four runs in the first inning, it looked like it was going to be a high-scoring game, but they were unable to score the rest of the game. “This was tough,” WCA head coach Casey Stokesbary said. “This just shows that these guys, no matter what happens, they’re going to the end.”
Minnewaska Area senior Morgen Hess got two runs of support in the top of the first inning Tuesday afternoon, and they were all she needed to get the 12-1 win over Osakis. Abby VerSteeg reached on a fielder’s choice before Lakers cleanup hitter Erin Edmunds went up to the plate and belted a two-run home run for the early 2-0 lead.