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Cardinals get 12 hits; sink Flyers

LITTLE FALLS -- Willmar broke out of its hitting slump, pelting 12 hits to cruise past Little Falls for a 7-1 Central Lakes Conference baseball win Tuesday.

The Cardinals (8-4, 9-7), also broke a three-game losing streak.

Logan Birkland started the game for Willmar with a double, then scored on Jordan Smith's double. Alec Saunders' sacrifice fly scored Smith to give Willmar a 2-0 lead.

The Cardinals in-creased their lead in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Josh Oesterich and a run-scoring single from Austin Adamson.

In the seventh, the scoring was capped by John Sawatzky's RBI single and a two-run single from Oesterich.

Smith went 3-for-3 and scored two runs, Birkland had two hits -- both doubles -- and Oesterich and Adamson also had two hits each.

Smith went the distance, scattering eight hits. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He got out of jams in the second inning with a runner on third and the third with runners at second and third.

Cody Waldvogel went 3-for-3 with a double to pace the Flyers (5-6, 8-8).

Willmar 7, Little Falls 1

Willmar 200 200 3 -- 7 12 1

Little Falls 100 000 0 -- 1 8 2

HITTING - Willmar: Logan Birkland 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 2b's; Matt Odom 1-for-3, 2 runs; Jordan Smith 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2b, rbi; Alec Saunders 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; John Sawatzky 1-for-4, rbi; Josh Oesterich 2-for-3, 3 rbi; Austin Adamson 2-for-3, rbi ... Little Falls: Logan Kalis 2-for-2, 2b; Cody Waldvogel 3-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Jordan Smith (W) 7-8-1-1-0-4 ... Little Falls: Joe Rydeen (L) 7-12-7-6-3-5