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Tribune file photo by Rand Middleton Heather Horning allowed four hits over six innings on April 28, 2011, in Willmar's home opener against Little Falls played at the college due to field conditions at the high school. This season with the downpours, Willmar played only twice the whole month which condensed its remaining 18 games into 19 days starting May 3.

Willmar Notebook: Cardinals overcame fastpitch blues

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The Cardinals' fastpitch softball team opened the spring with 4 wins and then dropped 10 straight. The season ended with a 15-0 loss to Minnetonka for a final record of 6-13.


After 10 years with the fast-pitch program, this was the first season as head coach for Shannon Cayler, a mother of 3 boys and a communications teacher at the middle school.

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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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