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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar's Tony McCleary slides head first into second barely ahead of the right fielder's throw to St. Cloud Tech shortstop Zach Otte on Tuesday in Willmar. Leading off the Cardinals' half of the fifth inning, McCleary had hit a shot down the right field line to launch a five-run explosion.

Prep baseball: Cardinals' bats save the day


WILLMAR -- The Cardinals bats overcame six errors in the field and a batch of walks by the pitching staff to take an 8-6 victory over St. Cloud Tech on Tuesday at Baker Field.

Willmar scored three runs on three hits in the first and five more in the fifth inning on four hits. The 10 hits were a season high.

The Tigers scored 4 in the top of the seventh to make it tight at the end.

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