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The Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders staged a two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh Thursday evening to top Nevis 10-9 in the Section 6A loser's bracket. After Gavin Becker stole home in the top of the seventh to give the Tigers a 9-8 lead, the Raiders started a comeback with one down in the bottom half of the inning when Mitchell Blaha reached on a wild pitch. Blaha stole second but Jordan Frethem fanned for the second out of the inning. Mack Jones reached on an error and Blaha scored to tie the game.
Samuel Moore won the Section 6A discus title for the second straight year last Thursday to punch his ticket for the Class A state track and field meet at Hamline University June 5-6. Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's star freshman sent the discus a distance of 147-4. He also came very close to qualifying in the shot put with a third place toss of 46-1. Conditions last Thursday were not good for throwers according to BHV head coach Jeff Moore. "He didn't have a really good day throwing. It was not a good day to throw up there.
Frazee's eight-run outburst in the sixth inning ended Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale's title hunt Tuesday in the Section 6A softball playoffs at Alexandria. The Hornets sent 13 batters to the plate in their big sixth inning which gave them a 13-6 cushion. Josi Tappe was Frazee's top stick with three hits. Tappe combined with Hailee Oswald to drive in four runs. Jo Shipman, Katie Smith and Jaden Ketter teamed up to score seven runs. Elyssa Kern, Hannah VanHale and Kylee Wright combined for six hits, three runs and two RBIs in the loss. Jordyn Glenz scored three times and drove in three runs.
From the looks of the latest NFL college football draft, we can expect Minnesota's defense to be even more impressive this season. Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer inherited a leaky defense from Leslie Frazier in 2014. The 2013 Vikings had defense that was superb at preventing them from winning.
Five pitchers threw shutout ball and the Bertha Blazers accomplished the rare feat of racking up two 11-run innings Sunday in a sweep of the Henning Giants. Patrick Riewer and Ethan Bakken teamed up for a two-hitter as the Blazers dominated the opener 12-0. Riewer fanned eight and did not allow a walk in gaining the mound win. Seventeen Bertha players went to the plate in the 11-run first inning. Marcus Riewer, Ethan Bakken and Dakota Aeling finished with two RBIs apiece.
Four members of the Wadena-Deer Creek track and field teams will be competing in the Class A state track and field meet June 5-6 at Hamline University. Competing in the Section 6A track and field meet at Minnesota State University-Moorhead Thursday, Brody Wangsness and Autumn Jahnke earned return trips in the 110 hurdles and pole vault.
The No. 3 Pequot Lakes Patriots held Kyle Dykhoff's No. 6 Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to four hits Tuesday in a 9-0 West Sub-Section 6AA playoff win. Connor Davich combined with Karl Sutherland in hurling the shutout. Davich worked the first four frames and allowed two hits. Satterlund surrendered two hits over the last three innings. Joseph Wallgren was hung with the loss Justin Olson led the Patriots with three hits in four trips scored twice. Zach Trottier came up with a pair of hits.
Gabi Ross placed fifth with an 87 Tuesday as she led the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines to a fourth place finish in the St. Cloud Cathedral Invitational at the Wapicada Golf Club. Jess Rondestvedt shot a 97 over the Sauk Rapids course. McKayla Woods brought in a 102 and Jessica Langer shot a 113. The Wolverines carded a team round of 399. St. Cloud Cathedral gained top honors with a 361 while Becker placed a close second with 364. Cathedral's Ann Berdan took medalist honors with an 81. Jessica Hawks was right behind with an 82.
Local state meet veterans Brody Wangsness, Autumn Jahnke and Samuel Moore will be joined by newcomers Sutton Lohmiller and Alyson Daigneault Friday and Saturday in the Class A track and field championships at Hamline University in St. Paul. Brody Wangsness Wangsness is set to run the first flight of the 110 hurdles preliminary round Friday afternoon. St. Croix Lutheran's Jon Tollefson brings a sizzling 14.28 into the state.