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Tyler Dammann, right, of MACCRAY positions himself to tag out Patrick Hudalla of Browerville/Eagle Valley after taking a relay during a state Class A baseball quarterfinal game Thursday at Chaska. Hudalla was trying to score from first on a double in the third inning. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

MACCRAY goes for state baseball title


CHASKA -- MACCRAY seems right at home in its first baseball state tournament.

The Wolverines (23-3) first knocked off Browerville/Eagle Valley 10-2 and then the Hawley Nuggets 7-1 to reach today's championship game, scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

The semifinal victory ended the Nuggets' 13-game win streak.

Senior pitcher Kelly Siverhus got the win against the Broncos and Ethan Pauling, also a senior, pitched into the seventh inning against the Nuggets (15-5).

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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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