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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar senior Heather Horning aims and fires in the seventh inning of Game 1 against Rocori at the Thursday in Willmar.

Prep softball: Rocori twice catches Cards


WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals had an edge on Rocori each game but both times the visiting Spartans struck late to snatch at double victory at the high school fastpitch field on Thursday 2-1 and 9-7.

Rocori, which is in second place in the Central Lakes Conference, improved to 11-3 in league and overall.

The Cardinals (5-7, 6-10) head to Brainerd for another twin bill today to conclude the schedule. Section seeding is Sunday.

Game One

Rocori 2, Willmar 1

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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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