Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.
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NORTH MANKATO -- One year removed from their memorable state tournament experiences of 2016, the Edgerton/Southwest Christian Flying Dutchmen and the Pipestone Area Arrows are back again -- fully comprehending that anything can happen. The Dutchmen were dominant in Class A last year, outscoring three opponents 35-2 en route to the championship.
WESTBROOK -- The Westbrook-Walnut Grove Chargers have fielded good boys golf teams for a number of years. But there’s nothing like qualifying for a first-ever state tournament to get people to really stand up and take notice. W-WG shot a two-day total of 725 strokes at the Worthington Country Club to make state for the first time in school history. But the Chargers have been close before -- they were second last year, in fact.
Two teams down the road a piece on Interstate 90, Luverne and Adrian, weren’t the teams most fans thought of as state baseball tournament contenders this year, despite the fact that both programs enjoy a winning tradition. The Cardinals are very young. The Dragons graduated some very important players last year after competing in the 2016 Class A state tourney. Yet, here they are still alive for state berths deep in their section tournaments.
COTTONWOOD -- Softball fans who took it as a given that the Edgerton/Southwest Christian Flying Dutchmen are destined this year to play in the Minnesota state tournament might have forgotten that they’re not the only powerhouse in Section 3A. The Dutchmen, ranked No. 4 in Minnesota Class A and coming off a 2016 state tournament run where they outscored three opponents 35-2 en route to the title, survived a scare Saturday.
NEW ULM -- When Worthington’s Tucker Sorenson poked a bases-loaded triple off the base of the right-center field fence in a four-run fourth inning, it appeared that the Trojans had the Mankato East Cougars just where they wanted them.
Baseball experts say that pitching keys success, but the top seeds in the southern halves of Section 3A and Section 3AA have pitching-plus.
EDGERTON -- As walk-offs go, the grand slam wasn’t as big as the single. But both were impressive, indeed. In the Section 3A South softball opener at Edgerton Tuesday, Jenny Nelson belted a grand slam walk-off home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Edgerton/Southwest Christian a 19-2 victory over Heron Lake-Okabena. In the next game, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove went nine innings to earn a come-from-behind 10-9 win over Murray County Central on a walk-off single by Meghan Shannon.
WORTHINGTON -- “Making our misses better.” Golfers understand what the phrase means, if others don’t. Close doesn’t only count in horseshoes and hand grenades. It counts in golf, too. Bad misses lead to lost holes. Good misses that land in manageable spots don’t become lost rounds.
BY DOUG WOLTER email@example.com WORTHINGTON -- Action in the southwest Minnesota amateur baseball ranks doesn’t really heat up until the weather heats up -- that is, in June. It is now mid-May, and the Worthington Cubs have played just one game -- a one-sided loss to Milroy. There is reason for much optimism, however.
WORTHINGTON -- They’ve got the record, they’ve got the seed, and beginning today (Thursday, May 18) the Minnesota West Bluejays will see if they’ve got the moxie. The Jays open Region 13 Tournament baseball action this afternoon in St. Cloud as the No. 2 seed. They are the MCAC Southern Division champions with a 14-2 record (27-18 overall) and during one marvelous stretch they’ve won 17 straight games.