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Celebrating West Central Minnesota baseball, past and present

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Photo 1: Former Willmar Stingers now playing professional baseball, from left, Sean Dwyer, Jordan Smith and Jacob Barnes. The trio was on hand for the introduction of the inaugural class of the West Central Minnesota Baseball HOF during the Stingers’ Winter BBQ on Friday at the Holiday Inn Conference Center. Attendance at the event was 325.

Photo 2: Atwater native and former Major League Baseball player Mike Kingery, left, visits with former Ridgewater College baseball coach Mike Johnson. Kingery was one of seven inducted into the Hall of Fame. Also joining the Hall of Fame were former Major League Baseball players Sylvester “Blix” Donnelly and Howie Schultz, Litchfield Blues’ coach Rueben Nathe, former Minnesota Gopher and minor league baseball player Barry Wohler, former Willmar Rails player and manager Art Grangaard and former radio broadcaster Joe Martinson.

Tribune photos by Rand Middleton