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WILLMAR -- Fergus Falls outfielded and outhit Willmar to take a 6-2 win at Baker Field in Central Lakes Conference baseball on Thursday.

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The first of three Willmar errors led to two unearned runs in the top of the first.

Another unearned run scored in the Otters' 3-run sixth, also an infield miscue.

Willmar got two of its three hits in their first at bat when Dean Stier singled and Jason Gunvalson followed with a double. Patrick Courtney's second inning single off Tim Rasmussen was the Cardinals last. Rasmussen went all seven on 1 walk, 2 hit batters and 5 strikeouts.

The Otters got only 5 hits off Stier, who went the first five and Brandon Christenson who finished up. But one of those was a double by Pete Gaustad leading off the fifth and then a two-run triple in the next inning. He scored half his team's 6 runs.

"We had better at bats today," said head coach Mark Stier. "We weren't hitting so many fly balls which we call easy outs."

Willmar fell to 2-4 in the CLC and 3-6 overall. The Cardinals travel to Chanhassen on Monday.

Fergus Falls 6, Willmar 2

Fergus Falls 200 013 0-- 6 5 1

Willmar 100 000 1-- 2 3 3

HITTING - Willmar: Dean Stier 1-for-3, Jason Gunvalson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Patrick Courtney 1-for-3 ... Fergus Falls: Abbott Aho 0-for-2, 2 runs; Pete Gaustad 1-for-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi, 2b, 3b; Austin Hanson 1-for-3, rbi; Brady Hansen 1-for-4, Tyler Johnson 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Dean Stier (L) 5-3-3-1-4-1, Brandon Christenson 2-2-3-2-1-0 ... Fergus Falls: Tim Rasmussen 7-3-2-2-1-5

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