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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Willmar VFW I second baseman Austin Smith (8) takes a throw from first baseman Adam Nibaur (not shown) and tags out Alexandria 16's runner Toby Helgeson (25) during a rundown on Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Willmar shortstop Brett Swanson (5) backs up the play.

VFW Baseball: Alex 16's hands Willmar I loss

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WILLMAR -- The Alexandria 16's jumped out to a big lead early against the Willmar VFW I team and two Alex pitchers scattered eight Willmar hits in an 8-3 victory on Tuesday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Both teams were unbeaten in district play entering the contest.

Alexandria's Parker Bowda allowed three runs on seven hits and he didn't allow a walk while striking out seven. Travis Krueger shut down Willmar the final two innings.

Willmar's Tyler Stegeman and Josh Tinklenberg both had two hits and Stegeman drove in two runs. Tony McCleary had a double and drove in a run, and Cole Hagen, Carter Sack and Austin Smith had Willmar's other hits. Tinklenberg, Smith and Trey Tollefson scored Willmar's runs.

Alex 16's 8, Willmar I 3

Alexandria 16's 221 012 0 -- 8 8 1

Willmar I 010 020 0 -- 3 8 2

HITTING - Alexandria: Jake Bear 1-for-3 r-3, Toby Helgeson 1-for-2 rbi-2 r, Travis Krueger 2-for-3 3b rbi-3 r-2, Cody McLaughlin 1-for-3 3b rbi-2, Riley Hverda 1-for-4 rbi ... Willmar: Tyler Stegeman 2-for-4 rbi-2, Tony McCleary 1-for-3 2b rbi, Cole Hagen 1-for-2, Trey Tollefson 0-for-3 r, Carter Sack 1-for-3, Josh Tinklenberg 2-for-3 r, Austin Smith 1-for-3 r

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Alexandria: Parker Bowda (W) 5-7-3-3-0-7, Krueger 2-1-0-0-1-1 ... Willmar: Tony McCleary 0-0-2-0-2-0, Stegeman (L) 6-8-6-6-0-3, Hagen 1-0-0-0-0-1

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