ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar softball team had its best hitting day of the year in a doubleheader sweep of St. Cloud Apollo in Central Lakes Conference ac-tion Monday.
The Cardinals recorded 24 hits in two games to win 6-3 and 6-1.
"That's putting the ball in play a lot," emphasized Willmar coach Brent Pederson. "We did a lot of running, too."
Willmar (7-4, 9-6) pounded 13 hits in the first game, with Sara Kallhoff leading the way with three hits, including a two-run double in the fourth inning.
Haylee Hastad, Chelsey Hamman, Heather Horning and Megan Rudie had two hits each. Hamman tripled and Horning also doubled while Hastad scored twice.
In the second game, Karlee Johnson had three hits to pace the Cardinals. She also had a nice double play in right field, throwing out an Apollo runner at the plate after making a catch on a fly ball.
Kallhoff and Horning added two hits each.
Horning picked up the win in each game. She allowed seven hits in the first game and nine in the second. Horning struck out a total of 11 batters without issuing a walk.
Willmar 6, SC Apollo 3
Willmar 200 301 0 -- 6 13 0
SC Apollo 200 000 1 -- 3 7 0
HITTING - Willmar: Sara Kallhoff 3-for-3, 2b, 3 rbi; Haylee Hastad 2-for-5, 2 runs; Chelsey Hamman 2-for-3, 3b, rbi; Heather Horning 2-for-3, 2b; Megan Rudie 2-for-3; Karlee Johnson 1-for-3; Alex Linbo 1-for-4, rbi ... St. Cloud Apollo: Kelsey Mathiason 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Hannah Winter 2-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Heather Horning (W) 7-7-3-3-0-6 ... St. Cloud Apollo: Julia Stiegel (L) 5Xc-13-6-6-4-1; Amelia Walz 1Zc-0-0-0-1-0
Willmar 6, SC Apollo 1
Apollo (3-9, 3-12) 000 010 0 -- 1 9 1
Willmar (7-4, 9-6) 002 022 x -- 6 11 2
HITTING - St. Cloud Apollo: Katrina Johnson 3-for-3; Shelby Pederson 3-for-4, rbi ... Willmar: Sara Kallhoff 2-for-3, 2 runs; Heather Horning 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Alex Linbo 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Karlee Johnson 3-for-3, 2 runs; Laura Swartz 1-for-3; Chelsey Hamman 1-for-4, rbi; Rachel Lawton 1-for-1, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- St. Cloud Apollo: Amelia Walz (L) 6-11-6-6-3-3 ... Willmar: Heather Horning (W) 7-9-1-1-0-5