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Rand Middleton The batter's eye at Green Lake Diamonds took the brunt of Tuesday's tornado. A piece of pipe from the adjacent BMX track that speared the backdrop hangs from near the top.

Damage to Spicer fields could reach $100,000

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SPICER -- Damage to the ball fields at Spicer could easily top $100,000, according one estimate on Wednesday.

A tornado bounced through the Green Lake Diamonds late Tuesday afternoon before hitting the mall across the state highway and then continuing east along the heavily-populated lakeshore.

Major damage to the baseball field occurred in center field where the new batter's eye was splintered, bent and broken.

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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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