Brian Burman of Aitkin has been named the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs most improved baseball player.

Burman, a 2005 graduate of Aitkin High School, is in his third year with the UMD baseball team. As the starting catcher, he played in 46 games this season.

He was in the top five team categories out of 11 different offensive statistics. He finished the season with a .340 batting average, 48 hits, 15 doubles, a triple, six home runs and a .589 slugging percentage.

Brian Burman

JV softball third

The Brainerd junior varsity softball team finished third in a tournament at St. Cloud Saturday.

Shalene Cole was voted the team's most improved player. The top defensive player was Chelsey Hanson. Top offensive players were Kylie Kunde and Krista Bjork. Most valuable player was Tarissa Laughton as Brainerd finished 16-3.

Baxter team second

The Baxter 12-under traveling baseball team competed in the Gopher State Spring Training Tournament at St. Cloud last weekend.

In Pool A play Saturday, Baxter beat Rogers 6-5 and Sauk Rapids 11-1. Baxter was the No. 1 seed from its pool and beat River Falls 4-3, the No. 2 seed from Pool B. Baxter lost the championship game to St. Cloud 10-4.

Top performances for Baxter included Kyler Kennedy going 6-for-7 with five RBIs and getting a win pitching. David Supinski was 5-9 with three runs scored, three RBIs and three stolen bases. Peter Dahl was 4-8 with a run scored and five RBIs. Tory Miller picked up a win and struck out nine batters in 4 2/3 innings.