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Sports from the week of July 3, 2002

VFW snaps skid

Tracy VFW baseball players are smiling again, after beating Granite Falls 8-4 Tuesday night.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak. The victory was even more gratifying for Tracy, since Granite Falls pounded Tracy 19-8 earlier in the summer.

Jubilant Tracy players doused Coach Brady Schmidt after the game with an ice-water bucket.

Tracy scored four runs with two outs in the sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie on two walks and three hits. Donald Strand, Derek Radke, and Eric Fraser delivered the hits.

Radke pitched a strong seven innings, striking out seven. The performance came on top of six-innings in relief against Canby Monday.

Tracy, now 2-14 on the season, has no games the remainder of the week.

Legion splits in Springfield tourney

The Milroy Legion baseball team played four games this past week, winning 2 and losing 2. They won over Montevideo last Thursday night 4-3 and then participated in a tournament in Springfield over the weekend. In the Springfield tournament they lost to Sleepy Eye 5-0, lost to Springfield 11-1 and won over Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin 10-9. Their season record now stands at 6-6.

In the win over Montevideo Erik Kathman started on the mound and pitched five innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2. He was relieved by Greg Carlson who pitched the last 2 innings and gave up no runs on 1 hit while striking out 1 and walking 3.

Carlson not only came on to get the win while pitching but was 2 for 2 hitting including a double and a triple driving in 3 of the 4 Milroy runs. Kathman was 3 for 3 and had the other run batted in.

Milroy opened play in the Springfield Tournament against Sleepy Eye and lost 5-0.

"We were up against their ace pitcher, Josh Hadley and he shut us down with only 2 hits and no runs," said coach Chris Miller. "We played our best baseball of the tournament against Sleepy Eye but they pitched very well and did a great job of fielding the ball against us."

In the second game at Springfield Milroy lost to Springfield 11-1

"We didn't get timely hits and our defense let us down in this game with 6 errors," said Miller.

Milroy finished off the tournament with a 10-9 win over Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin.

Louwagie, Rignell, Schmidt end colelge baseball careers

Three former Panther athletes completed their collegiate baseball careers in the MIAC Conference this spring.

Jamie Louwagie batted .314 with 37 hits in 118 at bats, and 26 RBIs, for St. John's University. The first baseman, a three-year starter for the Johnies, led the team with 271 putouts, and compiled a .990 fielding percentage.

Wade Rignell, also of St. John's saw limited action at second base, batting .286 with two hits in seven trips to the plate before a leg injury sidelined him.

Raleigh Schmidt was a three-year starter in centerfield for the Concordia Cobbers. He batted .421, with 16 hits in 38 at bats, with a .553 slugging percentage, but missed 18 games with a hamstring injury. Schmidt was named to the MIAC All-Conference Academic team.

All three were members of the 1998 Panther baseball team that took third in the state, and the 1998 American Legion team that won a state championship.