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Prep softball: Cardinals blank Storm

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar left fielder Lindsey Atchison runs down a wind-blown pop foul for the third out in the top of the first in a Central Lakes game against Sauk Rapids on Monday in Willmar.

WILLMAR -- Freshman Leah Ruter and junior Heather Horning combined on a 3-hit shutout as the Willmar Cardinals sparkled on Senior Day sinking Sauk Rapids 7-0 on a sunny Tuesday.

Ruter allowed just 2 hits over 4 innings and Horning 1 hit over 3 innings. The outing was the longest for Horning in about a month while she deals with tightness in her back.

Willmar ends the schedule with games at Rocori of Cold Spring on Thursday and at Fergus Falls on Friday. Section seeding is Sunday.

Addy Nelsen and Jordan Martins supplied RBI singles in Willmar's 6-hit offense. Martins also doubled.

Willmar 3-9 in the Central Lakes and 7-10 overall. The Storm fell to 6-6, 9-8.

Willmar 7, Sauk Rapids 0

Sauk Rapids 000 000 0 -- 0 3 4

Willmar 113 002 x -- 7 6 2

HITTING - Sauk Rapids: Bailey Bemboom 1-for-3, Kendra Christiansen 1-for-2, Rachel Paulsen 1-for-3, 2b ... Willmar: Addy Nelsen 2-for-3, rbi; Heather Horning 1-for-1, Lindsey Atchison 1-for-2, Jordan Martins 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Kassie Boller 0-4, 3 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sauk Rapids: Kendra Christiansen (L) 5-4-5-3-3-0, Michala Schueller 1-2-2-1-0-2 ... Willmar: Leah Ruter (W) 4-2-0-0-0-3, Heather Horning (S) 3-1-0-0-1-6