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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar sophomore catcher Hannah Schirm reaches to reclaim the relay throw from first base as Brainerd’s Faith Kassulker scores from third on a teammate’s groundout in the fourth inning Tuesday at Swansson Yellow Field in Willmar.

Prep softball: Brainerd pounds Willmar


WILLMAR — It was a tough assignment for Willmar freshman pitcher Lexi Kopacek making her varsity debut Tuesday.

Not only was it just 38 degrees but she had to take on a senior-heavy Brainerd nine that had scored 42 runs in its three wins coming in.

The Warriors (2-0, 4-0) posted three runs on three hits and a Willmar error in the first and added a pair of four-run innings in both the third and the fourth for an 11-0, five-inning win.

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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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