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Prep Softball: Willmar sinks New Prague

(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Willmar shortstop Sara Kallhoff, left, has the throw from catcher Addy Nelsen in plenty of time to put the tag on New Prague's Kelsey Munson attempting to steal second in the second inning of a non-conference game at Willmar on Friday.

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals scored seven runs in the third inning and went on to beat New Prague 12-7 in a non-conference softball game on Friday.

Willmar (4-3) had lost to New Prague 3-0 in the opening round of the sections last season in New Prague.

Willmar outhit the Trojans (3-7) 10-5.

Neither team was in top form. New Prague pitching issued 11 walks and also made three errors.

Willmar also struggled in the field with a season-high five errors.

New Prague's Rochelle Koehnen homered to center field in the top of the first inning for a 1-0 lead.

Addy Nelsen put Willmar in front 2-1 in the second inning with a sacrifice fly that brought home Casey Marcus.

Marcus singled twice and scored three runs.

Willmar's big inning started with a double by Laura Swartz. Marcus and Nelsen had RBI hits, but other runs scored on wild pitches, a bases-loaded walk, a fielder's choice and an infield error.

Heather Horning pitched the win. She allowed three hits and one earned run over five innings. Lindsay Atchison finished.

Willmar 12, New Prague 7

New Prague 100 200 4 -- 7 5 3

Willmar 127 020 x -- 12 10 5

HITTING - New Prague: Kelsey Mcfarland 2-for-4, 2 runs; Rochelle Koehnen 1-for-3, 2 runs, solo HR, rbi; Amber Hoffman 1-for-4; Katie Olson 1-for-4 ... Willmar: Addy Nelsen 2-for-2, 2 rbi; Casey Marcus 2-for-3, 3 runs, rbi; Heather Horning 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Sara Kallhoff 1-for-2, 2 runs, rbi; Laura Swartz 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Haley Hastad 1-for-5, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New Prague: Brittany Watschke 21/3-6-7-7-5-0, Andrea Wick 32/3-3-5-2-6-8... Willmar: Heather Horning (W) 5-3-3-1-0-1, Lindsay Atchison 2-2-4-0-2-1