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Prep Baseball: Stier leads Cardinals over Storm

Willmar's Aaron Weidemann drives in the Cardinals' seventh run of the game with a third-inning single to center field on Thursday at Baker Field in Willmar. The Cardinals held on to win the Central Lakes Conference game with Sauk Rapids 7-5. Tribune photo by Tom Larson.

Tribune Staff Report

WILLMAR -- Brandon Christenson went 3-for-3 and Dean Stier allowed one hit over five innings as the Willmar Cardinals topped the Sauk Rapids Storm 7-5 on Thursday in Central Lakes Conference baseball at Baker Field.

The Cards piled up all seven runs in their first three at bats. Sauk scored three in the sixth and two in the seventh off Damon Ruter.

Stier walked two and fanned two. R.J. Cervenka, the losing pitcher, got a bad-hop single off Stier in the fourth.

Willmar scored two runs in the first on singles by Tony McCleary, Ruter and Christenson plus a sac fly by Stier.

Three more scored in the second around a single by Aaron Weidemann, fielder's choice RBI by Tyler Stegeman and a passed ball.

Jason Gunvalson and and Christensen singled and scored in the third.

Stegeman made three nice catches in centerfield, including a long, running catch in the fourth with two outs and the runners moving that saved two runs.

"It was a good team effort," commented head coach Mark Stier.

Willmar improved to 2-0 in the CLC and 3-1 overall.

Willmar 7, Sauk Rapids 5

Sauk Rapids 000 003 2 -- 5 5 1

Willmar 232 000 x -- 7 9 2

HITTING - Sauk Rapids: Joel Haller 1-for-4, 2b; Mitch Gwost 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2b; RJ Cervenka 2-for-3 ... Willmar: Brandon Christenson 3-for-3, rbi; Tony McCleary 1-for-2, 2 runs; Damon Ruter 1-for-3, Michael Fuchs 1-for-1, Jason Gunvalson 1-for-3, Aaron Weidemann 2-for-3, rbi.

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sauk Rapids: R.J. Cervenka (L) 3-7-7-7-1-1, Zack Heck 2-1-0-0-1-3, Zack Silbernick 1-1-0-0-0-0 ... Willmar: Dean Stier (W) 5-1-0-0-2-2, Damon Ruter 2-4-5-5-2-1