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Prep softball: Chanhassen ends Cardinals’ season

NORTH MANKATO — The Willmar softball team was hoping the playoffs would mark a change in its season, when all aspects of their game would finally come together.

Unfortunately for Cardinals, that day wouldn’t come Thursday, when they fell in their Section 2AAA opener 6-0 against Chanhassen at Caswell Park.

The Cardinals managed just one hit against the Storm and struck out 12 times.

“We just didn’t get it going at all,” said Willmar head coach Shannon Cayler. “We haven’t had anywhere near that many strikeouts this season. We were hoping this was the day everybody came together but it was just bone-dry offense.”

Heather Horning managed Willmar’s lone hit. She also worked six innings and allowed two earned runs.

The Cardinals finished the season 6-13.

Chanhassen 6, Willmar 0

Willmar                000 000 0 — 0  1  2 

Chanhassen       020 211 x — 6 12 0 

HITTING – Willmar: Heather Horning 1-3 2b … Chanhassen: Paige Lindquist 2-4 rbi-2, Marybeth Olson 1-2 rbi-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Willmar: LP-Horning 6-12-6-2-3-1 … Chanhassen: WP-Elin Ellefson