Saturday, May 26, 2018

Elrosa Saints baseball

Elrosa's amateur baseball team will host Lake Henry on Sunday this weekend instead of Friday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m. under the lights of Saints Field.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Fastpitch playoffs - updates!

This post will be updated on Thursday night with updates from Minnewaska Area high school.

Final score in game one: West Central Area 7, B-B-E 3. The Jaguars trailed 4-3 after four-and-a-half innings.

Next: an elimination bracket game against Ortonville. The game should start at around 17:50.

Update: heading into the fifth inning, the Trojans are ahead 2-1.

In the winner's bracket game, WCA had a 7-3 lead in the seventh inning.

**Here's video from the bottom of the sixth's rough footage! But the Jaguars scored two runs in this clip to make it a 4-3 game. The third run came in by Josie Knutson on Kaylee Torgerson's RBI-single to center field.

***Final score! B-B-E 5, Ortonville 4. The Jaguars won their seventh game of the season in dramatic fashion by scoring two runs in both of their final two at bats!! Up next: they play in another elimination game next Tuesday back at Minnewaska Area high school. Spread the word so we get a huge crowd out there to cheer them on deeper into the playoffs!!

With the 1-1 mark tonight, the Jaguars are 7-15 overall. They'll play a fourth postseason game for the first time since 2008. In the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the Jaguars played five playoff games each year. In 2008, they started the postseason 3-0 while winning B-B-E's only sub-section or district championship in fastpitch.

It's important to note!!! This team, or basically most of the roster of this B-B-E team, earned a co-championship during the regular season of summer league last year. In the league playoffs, they finished in second place as well. They undoubtedly a championship-caliber team. I believe in them! They need to continue believing in themselves. They can do this!!!

Ortonville's season comes to a close with a 5-15 mark. Seeded No. 6 in Sub-Section 6A-South, the Trojans earned an upset win over neighboring rival and No. 3-seeded Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the quarterfinals. C-G-B won both contests in the regular season over Ortonville during Pheasant Conference play.

I learned that West Central Area won by a final score of 7-3 over Wheaton/Herman-Norcross to remain in the winner's bracket. WCA is 19-4 overall, while W/H-N continues into next week's action with a record of 12-9.

**Late Thursday night update: the next opponent for the Jaguars will be Browerville. The Jaguars and Tigers will square off in an elimination game at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at Minnewaska Area high school. Browerville is 14-7 overall after going 1-1 in tonight's action in Sub-Section 6A-North. They defeated Brandon/Evansville 7-5 in their first game before losing 5-0 to top-seeded and defending section and state champion New York Mills (22-1).

Browerville is the No. 2-seeded team in Sub-Section 6A-North. They went 6-2 in Prairie Conference action while winning the South division title in their conference. B-B-E and Browerville last met during MSHSL spring fastpitch action on April 13, 2017, when the Tigers defeated the visiting Jaguars 7-6.

Also in Sub-Section 6A-North, Frazee ended Brandon/Evansville's season with a 5-0 elimination bracket win. The Hornets (11-12 overall) face W/HN in an elimination game at the same time and same location as the B-B-E vs. Browerville game next Tuesday. Brandon/Evansville finishes the season 15-6 overall. They were 12-2 in the Pheasant Conference while taking first place. WCA was runners-up in the Pheasant Conference, also 12-2 in the league.

More info to come.

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Today's fastpitch playoff game against WCA will be aired on Smooth Magic 107 FM of Glenwood. It begins at 4 p.m., and a second game will follow (win or lose) at 5:30 p.m.

Also, at least 10 members of the B-B-E Jaguars track and field teams are advancing to the Section 5A meet! I heard that the boys 4x400 relay team earned the Sub-Section 6A-21 title!

Also, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team advanced to the Section 5A finals and sits in second place behind LQPV after the opening round was completed on Wednesday this week in Willmar.

Two members, Parker Schwinghammer and Jayden Miller, both advance to the Section 5A finals for the B-B-E Jaguars boys' golf team.

That's all for now.

**Thursday night update: the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team will take a 9-10 overall record into the Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs. They defeated Hancock 8-0 tonight to conclude the regular season.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Playoff win!

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team won a sub-section quarterfinal game for the first time since 2010 after they defeated No. 4-seeded Upsala 6-3 tonight. It was the Sub-Section 6A-South quarterfinals, and the Jaguars (6-14) advance to the semifinal round on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Minnewaska Area high school. The opponent will be No. 1-seeded West Central Area (17-4). Also noteworthy: the Jaguars are now in the double-elimination portion of the playoffs. Win or lose, they will play a second game on Thursday night at Minnewaska Area. Of course, I'd MUCH prefer they stay in the winner's bracket!

The last sub-section quarterfinal win for our fastpitch team was by a 2-1 score over Royalton on May 21, 2010.

The last playoff win was in 2012.

Section 6A fastpitch playoff scores on May 22:Brandon/Evansville 10, Parkers Prairie 0 (5 inn.)
Frazee 10, Ashby 0
New York Mills 14, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 3 (5 inn.)
Browerville 4, Pelican Rapids 1
Wheaton/Herman-Norcross 11, Swanville 5
Ortonville 9, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 5
West Central Area 11, Hancock 6

Area fastpitch playoff scores on May 22:K-M-S 10, YME 2
LQPV 15, Renville Co. West 0 (4 inn.)
New London-Spicer 16, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 1 (4 inn.)
Albany 15, Pillager 0 (4 inn.)
Benson 7, Minnewaska Area 5
Rockford Area 15, HLWW 0
Maple Lake 10, Watertown-Mayer 1

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Back in the win column

After a disappointing 0-2 stretch over the weekend, the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team got in the win column again with a 12-2, six-inning win over visiting Upsala/Swanville Area tonight. It was the first true "section" win of the season, and it improves the Jaguars to 8-10 overall heading into the last game of the regular season.

In the Sub-Section 6AA-West fastpitch playoffs, No. 4-seeded Royalton ended No. 5-seeded Paynesville's season with a 9-5 win. In the east half of Section 6AA, Pierz defeated Milaca 13-3 in five innings to advance to the semifinals.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

(Video) They were here before we got here

If you missed out on the Native American Arts Festival on Saturday in Terrace, you missed out on something special!

Here's a video clip from part of the afternoon at the historic Terrace Mill:

I strongly encourage you to take time to include arts-related activities in your weekly schedule!

In other news, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team went 2-0 over the weekend with a 3-1 win at New Munich on Saturday and a 4-1 win at Meire Grove on Sunday.

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Max Bats Classic final day

In the second day of action at the Max Bats Classic baseball invitational in Elrosa, the B-B-E Jaguars lost 5-2 to Browerville (6-5).

In the other varsity game, the Willmar Cardinals handed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg just their second loss of the season by a 10-3 score.

The Jaguars (7-10) host Upsala/Swanville Area (4-10) on Monday in a key sub-section contest with first pitch at 4:30 p.m. They conclude the regular season with a game at Hancock on Thursday.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Fastpitch playoff seedings

The B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team has been seeded No. 5 for the upcoming Sub-Section 6A-South playoffs. The quarterfinal round is Tuesday, May 22 at 5 p.m., when the Jaguars open the postseason at No. 4-seeded Upsala (6-13). The Jaguars are 5-14 overall.

If the Jaguars beat Upsala, they'll face either top-seeded West Central Area (16-4) or No. 8-seeded Hancock (3-14) in the semifinals on Thursday, May 24 at Minnewaska Area high school (4 p.m.). WCA hosts Hancock on Tuesday in their quarterfinal game on Tuesday.

Sub-Section 6A-South fastpitch seedings (overall records):
1. West Central Area (16-4)
2. Wheaton/Herman-Norcross (10-8)
3. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (7-7)
4. Upsala (6-13)
5. B-B-E (5-14)
6. Ortonville (4-13)
7. Swanville (2-14)
8. Hancock (3-14)

New York Mills, the defending section champion with a 19-1 overall record, is the top seed in Sub-Section 6A-North. The Eagles went 25-2 last year while winning the Class 1A state title. In 2016, they finished the season with just one loss and claimed the Class 1A state consolation trophy. New York Mills has been at the state tournament every year since 2013.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Conference golf updates

At the Osakis golf club, the B-B-E Jaguars girls' golf team shot a 196 to take second place behind conference front-runner Osakis.

The Silverstreaks now sit in a commanding position to win the Central Minnesota Conference title with just one meet remaining. Osakis has a cumulative score of 1,083, while B-B-E sits in second place with a 1,107. In third place is Pierz with a 1,180.

The last meet is this afternoon at Prairie View Community Golf Course beginning at 1 p.m. That meet will also conclude the regular season.

Friday night updates: the B-B-E Jaguars baseball team lost 11-1 to Willmar in the first day of the Max Bats Classic Invitational. In the other varsity game, K-M-S defeated Browerville 12-0 in five innings.

Also, at Swanville, the B-B-E Jaguars fastpitch team won 7-5 to improve to 5-14 overall heading into the playoffs.


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