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Willmar Legion first baseman Austin Rambow, left, takes a pickoff throw from catcher Patrick Courtney and tries to sell the call to the umpire, but Alexandria runner Ben Kluver got back to first safely in the fifth inning on Thursday in Willmar. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

Legion Baseball: Alexandria hammers Willmar 12-1

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Legion team took an early lead but it didn’t last long as Alexandria scored five runs in the third inning and went on to a 12-1 win on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Willmar fell to 11-9 overall and plays its last regular-season game against St. Joseph at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Willmar.

Willmar opens the district playoffs as the No. 5 seed against Dassel-Cokato on Thursday in Cold Spring.

On Thursday, Tyler Stegeman, Austin Rambow, Cooper Scott, Evan VanDenEinde and Brandon Christensen had Willmar’s hits.

Rambow scored the team’s lone run on Evan VanDenEinde’s single in the second after singling, stealing second and moving to third on Scott’s single.

Alexandria 12, Willmar 1

Alexandria          005 151 0 — 12 14 0 

Willmar 010 000 0 —   1  5  3 

HITTING – Alexandria: Ben Allen 3-4 rbi r-2, Zach Peterson 3-4 rbi-2 r-2, Jeff Swedberg 3-4 rbi-2 r-2 … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 1-3, Austin Rambow 1-3 r, Cooper Scott 1-2, Evan VanDenEinde 1-2 rbi, Brandon Christensen 1-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Alexandria: WP-Allen 3-4-1-1-0-4 … Willmar: Josh Warne (L) 6-13-11-9-1-2, Stegeman 1-1-1-1-0-0

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