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Joyous teammates swarm around Brittany Nissen (9) at home plate after the Ridgewater College freshman scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning of Friday's third and deciding game. The win gave the Warriors the Region 13A title on an RBI-double by Jenna Kincade.

College softball: Warriors walk off, head to nationals

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WILLMAR -- The Warriors conquered the long and winding road back to the national tournament on Friday.

Ridgewater College (34-10) climbed out of the elimination bracket, belting Anoka-Ramsey 19-0 and then whipping Rochester Community and Technical College twice, 23-1 and 3-2, to gain a seat at the NJCAA Division III table for the sixth time in eight years.

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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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