The Saints, following up a recent homestand that included back-to-back four-homer games, blasted a season-high five home runs in a 9-5 victory over the Sioux Falls Canaries on Monday night in Sioux Falls, S.D., that put the Saints in first place in the North Division.

Dante Bichette Jr. led the way with two homers, including a two-run shot in the second inning, giving him nine for the season. Brady Shoemaker hit a three-run shot an inning later, and Justin O’Conner and Max Murphy padded a 6-2 lead with bases-empty homers in the seventh.

Winning pitcher Eddie Medina gave up two runs in seven innings.

Jones leads Senior PGA professional tourney

Dale Jones of Mendakota C.C. posted an opening round 3-under 69 for the lead Monday in the Minnesota Senior PGA Professional Championship at Minnewaska Golf Club in Glenwood.

Jones leads by one shot over three-time champion Bill Israelson of Vintage G.C. Another three-time champion, Don Berry of Edinburgh USA, is at 1-under 71, tied with Mike Barge of Hazeltine National.

“I played really well,” said Jones. “The course is in great shape which allowed me to score well.”

Aldrich leads by two

Building momentum since her first state victory at the Minnesota Golf Association Women’s Senior Amateur Match Play Championship in late June, Betsy Aldrich posted a round of even-par 72 to take the lead at the MGA Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Alexandria Golf Club. Aldrich will take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Leigh Klasse into Tuesday’s final round.

• The teams of Joe Conzemius and Will Hickey and Justin Burleson and Austin Eaton posted 6-under 64s in Round 1 of the MGA Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

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