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Alec Saunders (11) is welcomed by joyous teammates at home plate after he hit a three-run home run that capped a 12-run sixth inning by the Willmar American Legion baseball team against Alexandria Sunday in Spicer. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar going back to state

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SPICER -- In a monumental rally, the Willmar Cardinals overcame a nine-run deficit in one inning and went on to beat Alexandria 13-10 for the District 7-I baseball title Sunday.


Alexandria led 9-0 after five innings and appeared to be a sure bet to force a second game at Green Lake Diamonds.

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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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