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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar Cardinals’ second baseman Josh Warne forces out Sartell’s Sam Neeser and fires to first to complete an inning-ending double play in the fourth inning of Game 1 Thursday at Baker Field. Shortstop Austin Smith started the double out.

Prep baseball: Cards pick up 1st win

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Prep baseball: Cards pick up 1st win
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WILLMAR — The Cardinals ended their 6-game losing streak to start the season beating the Sartell Sabres 5-3 in the first game of a Central Lakes double header at Baker Field on Thursday.


Starter Tyler Stegeman got the win and Josh Warned knocked in two runs with a double in Willmar’s three-run second inning.

The Sabres took game two 4-1 in a cold wind under full overcast.

The Cardinals (1-6, 1-7) are back at Taunton Stadium today facing St. Cloud Apollo with first pitch at 5 p.m.

Game One

Willmar 5, Sartell 3

Stegeman survived a four-walk first inning that coupled with a Dylan Hollenkamp double produced two runs.

He went the first five allowing five hits. He twice got out of jams with a strikeout and once with a double-play, shortstop Austin Smith to Josh Warne to Austin Rambow.

Stegeman and Josh Warne had RBI hits. Another key, Willmar played errorless ball for the first time.

Sartell   210 000 0— 3  6  0

Willmar                031 010 x— 5  5  0

HITTING – Sartell: Sam Neeser 2-for-3, 2b; Dylan Hollenkamp 1-for-4, 2b, Cody Partch 1-for-3, rbi … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 1-2, rbi; Patrick Courtney 1-for-3, Tony McCleary 1-for-2, Josh Warne 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Austin Smith 1-for-3, Buzzy Tollefson 0-2, rbi; Austin Rambow 0-3, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Sartell: Sam Neeser (L) 5-5-5-5-4-0, Mickey Kurtz 1-0-0-0-0-2 … Willmar: Tyler Stegeman (W) 5-5-3-3-6-5, Adam Herman (S) 2-1-0-0-0-0

Game Two

Sartell 4, Willmar 1

Michael Kutz, who finished up in game one, checked the Cardinals on five hits through five innings and Parker Hagen threw two clean innings of relief.

Adam Nibaur took the loss. Josh Warne and Cooper Scott also threw.

Four errors didn’t help.

Shortstop Austin Smith, elevated from the jayvee, supplied a single in each game.

Willmar                000 010 0 — 1  5  4

Sartell   000 310 x — 4  7  1 

HITTING – Willmar: Tony McCleary 1-for-3, Austin Rambow 1-for-2, rbi; Cole Hagen 1-for-2, Brett Swanson 1-for-3, Austin Smith 1-for-3 … Sartell: Michael Kutz 1-3, Cody Partch 2-for-3; Dylan Hollenkamp 1-for-3, Parker Hagen 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Willmar: Adam Nibaur (L) 3.2-5-3-2-0-3, Josh Warne 1.1-3-1-0-0-2, Cooper Scott 1-0-0-0-2-1 … Sartell: Michael Kutz (W) 5-5-1-1-3-4, Parker Hagen (S) 2-0-0-0-0-1