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The Brandon-Evansville softball team's 6A-North semifinal game against defending state champion New York Mills has been moved to Frazee on Thursday. The two teams were originally scheduled to play in Browerville, but wet field conditions there have moved the game to Frazee. The Chargers (16-2) and Eagles (19-2) will play at 4 p.m. These two teams did not meet in the regular season.
The Brandon-Evansville baseball team made easy work of Lake Park-Audubon on Tuesday by winning a 12-0 game that moved the Chargers to 13-6 overall. “Everybody did an excellent job of throwing strikes today and the defense did a nice job of handling fly balls in very windy conditions,” B-E head coach Brian Perleberg said.
The Alexandria baseball team bounced back from a 3-2 loss at Sauk Rapids-Rice on Monday by no-hitting St. Cloud Apollo at the MAC in St. Cloud in a 6-0 win on Tuesday.
Tuesday was not an ideal day for golf with heavy winds greeting the Central Lakes Conference girls teams that met up in St. Cloud for the final league meet of the season. The Cardinals withstood the weather and got their round in before the rains came. In the process, they secured an eighth straight CLC championship by getting another win.
The Alexandria boys and girls track and field teams had already captured a section true team title together in the same season this spring. Now for the second straight season, they both finished as Central Lakes Conference outdoor champions. The Cardinals were in Brainerd for the CLC meet on Tuesday as they left little doubt in winning the titles. In total, the boys and girls had 12 CLC champions, 27 All-CLC honors, 17 honorable-mention honors, 15 personal bests and seven season bests.
Members of the Alexandria trap shooting team shared a laugh at the shooting station after the voice of one of their teammates cracked when he yelled "pull" to trigger the clay from the house on May 13. Between shots, these kids like to joke around with each other. It's created a comfortable atmosphere at the Alexandria Shooting Park, but they also know the right balance between having fun and focusing on the task at hand to get big results.
Alexandria softball coach Randy Albers said after the Cardinals fell to 0-5 with an 11-5 loss to Sartell on May 2 that he believed his young team would be ready to make a playoff run by the end of the month.
Play Ball! Minnesota, an initiative of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, will host a free youth baseball clinic in Alexandria on June 1. The youth clinic is hosted by Lakes Area Recreation and Runestone Electric Association. It will take place at Knute Nelson Memorial Park. In even of rain, it will move to Discovery Middle School.
The Alexandria baseball team had a five-game winning streak snapped in Sauk Rapids on Monday as the Storm scored a run in the sixth inning with the help of two errors to secure a 3-2 win. The Cardinals (11-3, 9-2 Central Lakes Conference) led 2-0 after single runs in the third and fourth innings. Isaac Peterson drove in Tate Breitkreutz on a groundout in the third, and Luke Levasseur scored on a wild pitch in the fourth.
The Alexandria girls golf team has a three-point lead in the overall Central Lakes Conference standings with one meet left after winning by nine strokes in Richmond on Monday. The Cardinals shot a 328 in the fifth of six CLC meets. Brainerd was second at 337 and Sartell rounded out the top three at 349.