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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Eagles' freshman Austin Haas beats the throw to avoid a double play as freshman teammate Brandon Hill, who had singled, is forced out at second in the third inning.

State Baseball: Eagles dream season ends in 6-0 loss

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MINNEAPOLIS -- There's an old Swedish saying that "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy."


The Lac qui Parle Valley high-school baseball team looked a little out of their element among the skyscrapers of downtown Minneapolis on a hot Monday afternoon.

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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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