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KMS pitcher Erin Haglund(facing camera), who pitched to only one Hawley batter, reacts to an unassisted double play by first baseman Lyndsey Jorgenson (9) to end the game.

KMS wins first game at state, plays again at 3 p.m.

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NORTH MANKATO -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won a meeting of undefeateds in the first-round of the Class A softball tournament in dramatic fashion Thursday morning at Caswell Park.


The Saints (22-0) scored the game's only run on a Courtney Olson single in the top of the seventh to nudge the Hawley Nuggets (20-1) by a 1-0 count.

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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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