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Willmar falls twice to Sauk Rapids

SAUK RAPIDS -- Willmar rapped 19 hits in a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader with Sauk Rapids Monday but could only muster four runs as Willmar fell to the Storm twice by identical 3-2 scores.

In the first game, Sauk Rapids forced the game into extra innings after scoring two runs in the bottom of sixth. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when the Storm's Amanda Gosell picked up her first hit of the night which scored the winning run for Sauk Rapids.

Hanna Pederson took the loss for Willmar, pitching all nine innings. She surrendered two earned runs and struck out 12.

Nearly every hitter in the Willmar lineup notched a hit in the second game, but the Cardinals also managed to strand 11 baserunners during the nightcap.

Sauk Rapids found a way to manufacture three runs in the first and second innings with a few seeing-eye singles.

Chelsey Wierschem, Bevin Williams and Brittney Hastad each had two hits for the Cardinals.

The Storm's Tiffany Wallentini earned two wins, throwing all 16 innings of the doubleheader. She surrendered four runs, but no walks in two games. She struck out seven.

The losses dropped the Cardinals three games behind front-running Brainerd in the Central Lakes Conference race.

Game One

Sauk Rapids 3, Willmar 2

Willmar 000 110 000 -- 2 8 4

Sauk Rapids 000 002 001 -- 3 7 0

HITTING - Willmar: Brittney Hastad 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Heather Horning 2-for-4; Chelsey Hamman 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Amanda Croonquist 1-for-3; Chelsey Wierschem 1-for-4; Haylee Hastad 1-for-4 ... Sauk Rapids: Nikki Meine 2-for-4; Amanda Gossell 1-for-5, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Hanna Pederson (L) 9-7-3-2-4-12 ... Sauk Rapids: Tiffany Wallentini (W) 9-8-2-2-0-4

Game Two

Sauk Rapids 3, Willmar 2

Sauk Rapids 120 000 0 -- 3 8 1

Willmar 010 010 x -- 2 12 1

HITTING - Sauk Rapids: Nikki Kothenbengel 2-for-3; Nikki Meine 2-for-4 ... Willmar: Chelsey Wierschem 2-for-4, rbi; Bevin Williams 2-for-3; Brittney Hastad 2-for-4; Megan Rudie 1-for-3, Katie Switzer 1-for-2, rbi; Amanda Croonquist 1-for-4; Sarah Kallhoff 1-for-4; Haylee Hastad 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sauk Rapids: Tiffany Wallentini 7-12-2-2-0-3 ... Willmar: Hanna Pederson (L) 5-8-3-3-2-4, Heather Horning 2-0-0-0-1-0 ...