Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.
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The Alexandria Red Junior Legion baseball team got a couple more wins on Tuesday as they swept a doubleheader with Aitkin. Game two was a 4-0 shutout behind a solid game from Will Suchy on the mound after Alexandria got away with a 4-3 win in the opener. Suchy struck out five and allowed just three hits and no walks and also had two hits at the plate himself.
A stretch of games that epitomizes summer baseball ended with the Alexandria Legion team going 5-3 while playing eight games in five days. That kind of workload is how things go for many teams this time of year as they play in weekend tournaments around getting in league games. Those district contests often mean doubleheaders, and that’s what Alexandria hosted on Tuesday night. Post 87 split two games with Thief River Falls, winning the nightcap 8-4 after losing game one 8-7.
Drivers took to the track at the Viking Speedway on July 13 on a night highlighted by the second annual Bob Gierke Memorial. A total of 26 drivers lined up at the start for that Modifieds feature race that served as the memorial for Gierke, and it was Blake Jegtvig of Hawley who came away with the win. Jegtvig finished in front of Danny Bayer of Elrosa in second place and Dustin Bitzan of Brandon in third.
The Alexandria Post 87 Legion baseball team has made good on an opportunity to compete against some good programs at the annual Gopher Classic this past weekend. Post 87 was still playing on Monday as the huge group of teams in the tournament was dwindled down to just 16 that would compete for a title early this week.
The Osakis baseball team is still earning recognition after a strong spring season.
Finding buck bedding is step one of an important process of getting closer to these deer in the fall. Next comes figuring out how to set up on them.
Kyle Lee grew up from the time he was about 12 years old playing at the Alexandria Golf Club every chance he got until he graduated from high school in 2000. Now Lee is back and ready to lead AGC as its new head golf professional. It's been a bit of a waiting game at the Alexandria Golf Club for Lee. When his family first moved to Alexandria from Bagley in 1991, he had to get a membership at another local course because there was a waiting list to become a member at AGC.
Ben Kvidt is a Detroit Lakes native who always had a passion for sports from his days with the Lakers all the way through college at Concordia in Moorhead and into the start of his teaching career. Kvidt, 38, has wanted to get back to this area of the state, so he was quick to jump at the opportunity to serve as Alexandria Area High School's new activities director when the position became available. He officially started in that role on July 1.
I hesitate to even write this because I know what happens in the summer really doesn't matter until it can be proven it in the woods this fall. Anyone who has followed my bow-hunting columns the last two seasons knows it's been a tough couple of years. Target panic took hold of my shot about two summers ago. At its worst, I could not hold my pin on my desired bullseye when it came time to shoot. I worked through that to the point where I thought I had things under control heading into last fall.
The Alexandria Junior Legion baseball teams will host a home tournament at Knute Nelson Ballpark July 5-7 with eight total teams competing through the three days. The teams are split up into two pools. The Alexandria Reds, the younger of the two Alexandria Junior Legion teams, are in Pool A with Elk River, Worthington and New Ulm. Alexandria Black is in Pool B with Sleepy Eye, Marshall and Blaine.