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Sports from the week of July 17, 2002

VFW faces `must win' game against Canby

The Tracy VFW baseball team lost to Olivia in the first round of the district playoffs at Bird Island Monday night 10-6. Tracy now enters the losers bracket in the double elimination tournament and will travel to Canby Thursday night.

"We feel that we have a good chance in this game," said Coach Brady Schmidt. "We lost to them twice in the season but both were by relatively close scores. If we win we are still in the tournament."

Olivia 10, Tracy 6

Tracy scored 5 runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead but Olivia came back with 4 runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings to win the game.

"We felt pretty good about this game since we had lost big to them twice during the season and they are the number 2 seed," said Schmidt. "We played some 'little ball', bunted and ran the bases and had a chance to win.”

The VFW played the game short-handed with just nine players. A number of players, including two starters, were absent because of family vacations.

“We had only nine players at the game so there was little maneuvering we could do."

Pat Spielman started, pitching 4 1/3 innings. He gave up 6 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 5. Derek Radke came on in the fifth and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits while striking out 1 and walking 2.

Tracy's five hits were registered by Donald Strand, Derek Radke, Matt Persons, Derek Daniels and Brett Jackson.

The VFW is now 2-16 on the season.

Milroy, Windom square off in sub-district baseball

Milroy plays Windom at Milroy Tuesday night for the right to participate in the District Tournament that begins in Springfield this weekend.

In sub-district play Saturday, Milroy and Windom split two games at Milroy Saturday. In a warm-up game to the sub-district, Clara City beat Milroy 4-1 Thursday.

Milroy 9, Windom 6

In the opening game of the sub-district against Windom on Saturday Milroy used a eight-run second inning to take a 1-0 lead in the double elimination series.

"We played pretty good defense in the two games against Windom and got good pitching but our bats went silent in the second game," said Coach Chris Miller.

Erik Kathman pitched the entire game for Milroy and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1. Kathman and Matt Schreier led the offense with 2 runs batted in each and they each had a stolen base.

Windom 4, Milroy 1

In the second game Saturday Windom came back and evened the series with a 4-1 win.

Greg Carlson took the mound for Milroy and pitched the whole game. He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits while striking out 2 and walking 2. Milroy was held to only 4 hits in this game and 2 of them were by Scott LaVoy. Erik Kathman and Matt Schreier collected the other two.

Clara City 7, Milroy 1

Skoblik pitched 4 innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 2 and walking 4. Nick Hanson pitched the next 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 1 and walking 2. LaVoy pitched the last scoreless inning.

Milroy only managed 3 hits, one by LaVoy and 2 by designated hitter Matt Schreier. Aaron Coulter shut the Milroy team down until Milroy loaded the bases with one out in the last of the seventh. Nate Hebrink came on to pitch and retired the side on a double-play ground ball.

Blegen, Wensman top member-guest tourney

Eighty-eight golfers participated in the Annual Member-Guest Tournament this weekend at the Tracy Country Club.

Jeff Blegen and Steve Wensman won the championship flight. Keith Engesser and Dave Peterson and Dave Engesser and Terry Borchert tied for second.

Jeff Lau and Tom Hollingsworth won the president's flight. In second place was the team of J. Facile and M. Naber and in third was the team of Larry Retzlaff and Bill Phinney.

In the first flight, the winners were Jack Lau and Don Hansen. Finishing second was the team of Dave Sogge and Brad Wendland and placing third was Cliff Cundy and Ron Heidebrink.

B. Chukuski and K. Gruhot won the second flight. Jim Munson and Derek Sanderson won the third flight.