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Willmar edged by Brainerd, 3-2

BRAINERD -- The Willmar Cardinals were unable to hold a late two-run lead and fell to Brainerd 3-2 in Central Lakes Conference softball on Tuesday.

Willmar got a run in the first inning when Haylee Hastad singled and scored on a single by her sister, Brittney Hastad.

The Cardinals (1-1, 1-1) went up 2-0 in the fourth inning. Chelsey Wierschem singled and stole second and came home on a single by Amanda Croonquist.

Brainerd scored on a passed ball in the fifth inning to make it 2-1 and then got two runs in the sixth. Carli Sweet's run-scoring triple was the big hit for the Warriors.

Hanna Pederson took the loss. She gave up nine hits, walked one and fanned 11.

Nikki Anderson got the win in relief of Karli Manton. Anderson fanned five without allowing a hit over two innings.

Brainerd improved to 2-0 in the Central Lakes Conference and overall.

Brainerd 3, Willmar 2

Willmar 100 100 0 -- 2 6 0

Brainerd 000 012 x -- 3 9 1

HITTING - Willmar: Haylee Hastad 2-for-4; Brittney Hastad 1-for-2, rbi; Chelsey Wierschem 1-for-3, 2 sb; Amanda Croonquist 1-for-2, rbi; Katie Switzer 1-for-3 ... Brainerd: Carli Sweet 2-for-3, 3b, rbi; Jayda Fraser 2-for-3, Jenni Smolke 1-for-3; Ashley Tibbits 1-for-3; Della Grammer 1-for-2; Anna Tadyen 1-for-3; Hayley Olson 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Hanna Pederson (L) 6-9-3-2-1-11 ... Brainerd: Karli Manton 5-6-2-2-2-7, Nikki Anderson (W) 2-0-0-0-1-5