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Willmar Velocity Take Home First-Place Trophy 


By Tom Elliott

COTTAGE GROVE — The Willmar Velocity 10-and-under fast-pitch softball team is off to a good start.

The Velocity won the Pride in the Park National Qualifier Tournament over the weekend.

The team opened play in the two-day tournament with a 15-5 victory over the Apple Valley Fusion. Willmar then beat River Falls, Wisconsin, 14-7 and Eagan 15-1 to advance to Sunday's championship game.

There, the Velocity played the host team from Cottage Grove and trailed 5-1 before earning a 6-5, walk-off victory to earn first place in the tournament.

"Hey, we did not give up," head coach Tyler Knott told his team after the victory. "We had our heads down many times and we brought them back up, every single one of you. Awesome job! Everybody hit the ball. Great tournament."

Team members are: Claire DeLeeuw, Kara Doyle, Aspen Krakow, Kylie Knott, Lily Lingl, Ayla Rudenick, Revalee Serrano, Ashtyn Solberg, Kolbie Stern and Maggie Strand.

Coaches are Tyler Knott, Britney Lingl and Clayton Rudenick.