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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) On this swing, Lori McCain of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg hits a grounder to second base to score Erin Haglund from third base during the fifth inning at Caswell Park in North Mankato during the Class A semifinals against New Life Academy.

Prep Softball; KMS' march to title game cut short by NL Academy

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NORTH MANKATO -- Although they lost on the scoreboard, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg won a victory of sorts late Thursday afternoon against New Life Academy.

The Eagles (23-4) sweated out a 3-2 win in the Class A state softball semifinals on Field No. 2 at Caswell Park.

New Life, an evangelical Christian school in Woodbury, is the three-time defending champion and will play today for the fifth straight year in the championship game.

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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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