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Junior League Softball: Kassulker knocks in four as Heat edge Force

Abby Klink of the Force fields a ball Thursday during the Junior All-Star game as part of the youth softball Mid-Summer Slam at Buffalo Hills Park in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

In a closely contested battle, the Junior League Heat edged the Force 11-8 in the 6th annual Brainerd Parks and Recreation Midsummer Slam at Buffalo Hills-Lions Park on Thursday.

Emily Kassulker gained MVP honors for the Force as she had two singles and four RBI. Madison Sam was named the MVP of the Heat with two singles.

The Heat's Austyn Allord, Morgan Gilbert, Jaycie Hinrichs and Kalie Sjodin all had two singles. For the Force, Rachel Wind, Autumn Hedges and Mary Hoskins each collected doubles. Teammate Dalerie DeRosier had two hits while Jaden Veith had a single and three RBI.