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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar second baseman Tim Rogers appears to be tipping his hat to the crowd after making a fine play in the seventh inning to take a hit away from Ryan Vraa, but he was just maintaining possession in the 25 mph southwest wind blowing across Baker Field. Jackson Olson is the Cardinals' right fielder in background.

Prep baseball: Willmar prevails over NLS in wind and heat

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WILLMAR -- In Texas-like conditions, the Willmar Cardinals topped the New London-Spicer Wildcats 5-3 lasting Friday afternoon in non-conference baseball.

The digital readout showed 96 degrees in the fourth inning. The wind blew hard out of the southwest making every fly ball and adventure.

Batted balls took off like missiles orbiting toward the outfield fence. There were several outstanding catches by both teams.

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