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Willmar's Chelsey Hamann is out at first, but her sacrifice bunt advanced the runner to start the Cardinals' four-run third inning Tuesday at Willmar. The Rocori first baseman is Kelli Buerman. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Willmar nips Rocori in 7th

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WILLMAR -- Amanda Croonquist's single with two out in the bottom of the seventh lifted Willmar to a 7-6 win over Rocori in Central Lakes Conference softball Tuesday.

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Trailing 6-5 with one out, Chelsey Wierschem doubled and took third on Heather Horning's single. Horning stole second and Wierschem tied the game by scoring on a Rocori throwing error.

After a strikeout, Croonquist completed a perfect day at the plate with a liner down third to score Horning with the game-winner. Croonquist was 3-for-3 with a walk and scored twice.

The Cardinals started slowly, with Rocori starter Chelsey Stang fanning the side in both the first and the second. But she didn't survive the third inning. Willmar scored four runs to tie the game 4-4.

Brittney Hastad's bases-loaded ground-rule double to straightaway center plated two runs and the other two runs scored on an error

The Cardinals tallied a run in the fourth, but the Spartans answered with one in the fifth and might have gotten another in the sixth.

With one out, Willmar's Megan Rudie fielded a base hit in center field and gunned out the Rocori runner trying to reach third base.

Hanna Pederson picked up the win with six innings of relief pitching. She allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out six and walked one.

Willmar 7, Rocori 6

Rocori 040 010 1 -- 6 12 3

Willmar 004 100 2 -- 7 8 2

HITTING - Rocori: Kelli Bueman 3-for-4, 2 rbi; April Cervantez 2-for-4, rbi; Tracy Thielen 2-for-4; Chelsey Stang 2-for-4; Shaunte Dwyer 1-for-4, 2 rbi ... Willmar: Amanda Croonquist 3-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Brittney Hastad 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Chelsey Wierschem 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Heather Horning 1-for-3; Megan Rudie 1-for-4; Chelsey Hamann 1-for-2, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Rocori: Chelsey Stang 2Xc-1-4-0-3-6; Sadie Pfannenstein (L) 4-7-3-3-2-6 ... Willmar: Karlee Johnson 1-5-4-4-1-1, Hanna Pederson (W) 6-7-2-1-1-6

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