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Bird Island catcher Jeremy Mortenson tags out Shaun McQuire, the Fairmont pitcher, who was trying to score from second on a seventh-inning single by Adam Schmidt, the Martins' player/manager at Putz Field Saturday in St. Cloud in the third-round of the Class C state tournament.

Amateur Baseball: Fairmont ace tames Frogs, Bird Island falls 2-0 at Putz Field

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ST. CLOUD - Shaun McQuire limited Bird Island to five singles and the Fairmont Martins ended the Bird Island season 2-0 early Saturday afternoon in the third round of the Class C Minnesota State Amateur baseball tournament.

McQuire, a big right-hander, barely outdueled Matt Geislinger, left-hand chucker drafted from Watkins.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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