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Sports & Recreation

The Sports & Recreation section covers athletics for the Mercuries of McGregor High School and the Cardinals of Cromwell High School, along with other area sporting and recreation events. Christi Williams provides bowling league happenings throughout the winter season. The Greater Savanna Area Youth Baseball League is covered in the summer.

 

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SHORTSTOP: Cotton’s Logan Young played an excellent shortstop for the Cotton team. His over-the-shoulder catch prevented Cook from rallying in the 4th inning..

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Cotton wins Little League Championship

ALBORN, Minn. — Bat first or take the field. That was the biggest decision to make for the Cotton Area Little League team during their championship game versus Cook Green. “We won the toss and asked ourselves, ‘Do we bat first or go in the field?’ as the kids are all nervous,” said Cotton coach John Wood. “Sometimes it’s better to bat first, but we decided to take the field.”

The decision was a good one and Cotton went on to defeat Cook Green, 7-3, in what turned out to be a spectacular defensive game. The game began with two very hard hits by Cook Green, but both turned into outs. Brant Erickson made the first spectacular catch in centerfield and then Ben Wood caught a line-drive at third. “That helped us immensely,” noted Coach Wood. “We got three outs and settled down after being so nervous. Brant actually had four fabulous catches that really saved our bacon.”

The Cotton defense was excellent and the team had just one error. “Logan Young also had a great over-the-shoulder catch – as good as it gets in Little League,” added the coach. “We hit the ball okay.”

Cotton ended up with eight hits. Riley Kinsley was 3-for-3; Logan Young was 2- for-3 with a triple; and Ben Wood and Kaden Lane were each 1-for 2. Nick Larson got the other hit.

The pitching in the game was excellent on both sides with very few walks. “The Cook pitcher was throwing very hard and had a lot of good stuff,” said Coach Wood. “We clocked him at 67 mph and he had good curves.”

Mason Lane picked up the win. He pitched four ...

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BURNETT Pee Wee CHAMPS: Front — Mason Mann, Hunter Bryant, Sheen Ralidak, Tony Cummins, Keegan Salmonson. Middle row —Ethan Lennartson, Cale Yaw, Ashton Neudahl, Jakson Graehling, Natalie Brewer. Back row —Jaxson Bennett, Aydin Archambault, Aaron Bennett, Slayton Stroschien. at Clinton, 4-3.

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A wrap on the Central St. Louis County Pee Wee Tournament

ALBORN, Minn. —The Burnett Pee Wee team peaked at the end of the season, playing their best baseball as they entered the tournament.

Burnett defeated Nett Lake, 5-1, on Sunday in the semifinal game behind a no-hit pitching performance by Jaxson Bennett. Jaxson struck out 18 of 20 batters and gave up two walks.

At the plate, Tony Cummins went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Aaron Bennett was 2-for-3 and scored a run. Sheen Ralidak went 1-for-3 and knocked in three runs.

In the championship game Burnett clipped Clinton, 4-3. Aaron and Jaxson Bennett combined pitching. Aaron was also 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Tony Cummins scored a pair of runs and Sheen Ralidak knocked in two runs.

Burnett also defeated Cook Blue, 10-0, in 4 innings.

Accoding to Burnett coach Jeremy Bennett, the biggest improvement team made this season was swinging the bats better at the end of the season. “Hopefully they can come back next year and get even better,” said the coach. “We encourage them to practice on their own as much as they can.”

Season highlights included excellent pitching and the first hit by 10-year-old player Natalie Brewer—a triple in Wouri.

Clinton ended their season winning the South Half regular season championship and finishing 2nd in the yearend Tournament. Clinton had a tremendous overall record of 11 wins and just two losses while scoring 155 runs.

Coach Ken Bielejeski noted that his team had a successful year and they were able to get 16 players into all the games. “It was a very large team ...

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Championship game: Burnett pitcher Aaron Bennett delivers a pitch versus Clinton during the Pee Wee Championship game held in Alborn. Twin brother Jaxson is at first base. The two combined pitching duties to defeat Clinton, 4-3.
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Pee Wee/T-ball tournament set for July 11-12 in Alborn

Greg wins at Epping, Jason hangin' in there

Extra innings needed to decide first-ever Polar League All-star baseball game

State trip planned for M.A.C. Bird Busters

Panthers are Section 7A runner-up

Panthers undefeated in Section 7A Tournament

Panthers alive and kicking in Section 7A

Cardinals are Polar League Champs!

VanderVeer hits game- winner in eighth

Burnett Pee Wee wins championship; Cotton T-ball is runner-up

ALBORN, Minn.—The Burnett Pee Wee team peaked at the end of the season, playing their best baseball as they entered the tournament.

Burnett defeated Nett Lake, 5-1, on Sunday in the semifinal game behind a no-hit pitching performance by Jaxson Bennett. Jaxson struck out 18 of 20 batters and gave up two walks.

At the plate, Tony Cummins went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Aaron Bennett was 2-for-3 and scored a run.Sheen Ralidak went 1-for-3 and knocked in three runs.

In the championship game Burnett clipped Clinton, 4-3.

Aaron and Jaxson Bennett combined pitching. Aaron was also 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run. Tony Cummins scored a ...

For the rest of this story, scores, schedules and more, pick up this week's Voyageur Press.

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