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Willmar VFW falls at state

BRAINERD - Brainerd's six-run fourth inning proved to tall an order for the Willmar VFW Post 1639 team in the opening round of the state tournament on Thursday.

Brainerd, the host team, advanced to play Willmar with a victory over Fergus Falls on Thursday.

Willmar's Ashton Gregory was 4-for-4, including a triple, and scored a run. Dalton Ogdahl, Dylan Arndorfer and Andrew Baumgart all had hits and drove in runs, Dominic Amon also had an RBI, and Asaiah Smith singled and scored two runs.

Willmar plays a loser's bracket game against Winona at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Brainerd 11,

Willmar 4

Brainerd 010 602 2-11 11 2

Willmar 100 000 3-4 9 3

Hitting - Brainerd: Konnar Wichland 2-4 2b rbi-4, Colby Watland 2-5 3b rbi-2 r ... Willmar: Asaiah Smith 1-3 r-2, Ashton Gregory 4-4 3b r, Jett Solanek 1-3, Joe Price 0-0 r, Andrew Baumgart 1-3 rbi, Dylan Arndorfer 1-4 rbi, Dalton Ogdahl 1-4 rbi, Dominic Amon 0-0 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Brainerd: Michael Laber (W) 7-9-4-4-2-6 ... Willmar: Ogdahl (L) 3.2-7-7-1-3-2, Adam Bengtson 2.1-1-2-2-4-2, Sam Huseby 1-3-2-2-0-0

LE/W 5,

Litchfield 1

After winning a play-in game, Litchfield lost to Lake Elmo/Woodbury in the State VFW Tournament on Thursday in Brainerd.

Litchfield plays next at 12:30 p.m. Friday against Maple Grove. Names for the Litchfield players were not provided.

Litchfield 5,

Luverne 2

Litchfield opened the State VFW Tournament with a win over Luverne on Thursday in Brainerd. Names for the Litchfield players were not provided.

Correction

A story about the West Central Cup in Wednesday's Tribune incorrectly stated the Willmar gymnastics teams' season finale. The Cardinals won the Section 6A championship and competed in the Minnesota State Gymnastics Meet. Willmar topped Melrose, a perennial power with 10 consecutive state appearances, to earn a spot at the state meet where the Cardinals placed sixth and featured five athletes who placed in the top-25 individually.

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