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A combination of the long ball and some small ball produced two runs in the third inning for a 2-1 lead Saturday afternoon in Ashby, but the Alexandria Black Sox couldn’t muster any more offense and eventually fell to Pelican Rapids 3-2 in 10 innings. With the loss, Alexandria gets knocked out of the Region 16C amateur baseball tournament just one win short of state tournament berth, finishing the season with a 10-5 record.
Shawn Olson visited victory lane for the third time this summer after taking the checkered flag in the Midwest Modifieds race Saturday night at Viking Speedway. Starting with the ninth spot in a deep field, it took a clean race to get the win. “That first corner I went to the bottom and it stuck. It was amazing,” Olson said. “I could go anywhere on this track it felt like.”
After Bemidji forced a second championship game with a walkoff win on Sunday, Moorhead head coach Bryant Bergeson said the Blues hadn’t done enough to build on their lead when they had chances. They fixed that on Monday, jumping out to an 8-2 lead after four innings and taking the Minnesota Division I Substate American Legion title game 14-6 in Alexandria.
The Alexandria American Legion baseball team’s season came to an end at the hands of the Bemidji Centaurs on Sunday, as the Centaurs ran away with a 10-2 win to advance to the Sub-State 14 championship against Moorhead. After the game, the Alex team met for several minutes in the locker room under the stands to discus the season they had.
The Lakes Area Snowmen semipro football team won its first ever playoff game on Saturday, topping the Bismarck Wolves for the second straight week by a score of 24-6. “We played hard,” head coach JJ Kern said. “We came and we did what we were trying to accomplish. Bismarck always plays hard, but we had some matchups that we thought we could take advantage. The coaches had a game plan and the players executed it.”
The Alexandria legion baseball team went 2-1 on Saturday, losing to Moorhead 7-2 in a game that was delayed over night, before beating East Grand Forks 16-9 and Fergus Falls 16-3. The top three seeds remain alive in the tournament – Bemidji, Moorhead and Alexandria. The winner of Saturday night's final matchup between Bemidji and Moorhead will advance to the championship, while the loser faces Alexandria at noon Sunday.
A researcher with the University of Minnesota is out to make zebra mussels their own worst enemy. Mike McCartney, a zebra mussels expert in the aquatic invasive species department at the University of Minnesota, gave a presentation at this year's Lake L'Homme Dieu Association meeting on how communities such as Alexandria can limit and prevent the spread of zebra mussel invasion in the lakes, and perhaps use genetic engineering to combat them.
The Alexandria American Legion substate matchup with Moorhead has been delayed due to weather. Play will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Moorhead leads the game 4-0 and has a runner on second base with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The winner moves on to play the other team without a loss, Bemidji, which picked up a 7-5 comeback win over Perham Friday afternoon.
The Alexandria Blacks junior American Legion baseball team is headed to the state tournament. Entering the District 9 tournament as the third seed, they had their work cut out for them, but they got through four teams and took the title. “Our goal was to peak at the playoffs,” head coach Lee Backhaus said. “Well, I think that’s exactly what happened with this team. We are peaking.”
The Alexandria American Legion baseball team started its postseason exactly the way it wanted to on Thursday, picking up a 14-4 win over Fergus Falls in seven innings at Knute Nelson Memorial Park. Alex starting pitcher Carter Stockert struck out 13 batters over six-plus innings, allowing just two hits and five walks. All four of Fergus Falls' runs came in the sixth, but Alexandria already had a secure lead.