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Willmar freshman pitcher Leah Ruter windmills in the fourth inning at Willmar High School. She carried a shutout into the sixth inning and would throw all nine innings, allowing only two earned runs, in the 5-3 loss to the Fergus Falls Otters.

Prep softball: Cards fall in 9 to Fergus

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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals lost an overtime thriller to Fergus Falls on Thursday in perfect weather on the new softball field where an appreciative crowd watched in the evening glow.

The Otters scored a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to grab the 5-3 Central Lakes victory.

The loss didn't diminish the fine pitching effort of freshman Leah Ruter, who has had to step to the varsity slab with Heather Horning trying to mend a bad back.

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