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(Tribune photo by Ben Brewster) Willmar starter Abe Bobb high-fives catcher Kyle Perry after striking out St. Cloud’s Charlie Morgan to end the fourth inning Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. Bobb went the full nine innings in the Stingers’ 6-1 win.

Bobb, Stingers stymie St. Cloud

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WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers moved into a first-place tie with a 6-1 win behind a complete-game effort from Abe Bobb over the St. Cloud Rox on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium. 

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Marc Flores homered for the second straight night and Michael Suchy added a three-run blast to back Bobb.

The righthander out of San Francisco worked quickly, finishing the game in just under 2 hours. He gave up three hits and a run in the first inning but cruised the rest of the way, fanning five and finishing the game on just 88 pitches.

Bobb works in the high 80s with a fastball, changeup and slider, and will sometimes drop down to a sidearm delivery and throw 82 to 84.

“He gets outs early in the count,” Stingers’ manager Matt Hollod said. “He just competes. He calls his own game — some pitchers (throw) whatever the catcher puts down — he’s one of those few who knows what works for him.”

In his last start, Bobb went eight innings June 8 against Duluth. He now owns a 1.58 ERA on the season. 

The Rox gave him a rude greeting Friday when Chris Paul led off the game with a double and scored three batters later on Adam Martin’s double.

“I think he was up with his pitches,” Hollod said. “When your last outing is so easy sometimes you might lose a little focus, and they got to him in the first.”

The Rox’ lead didn’t last long.

With two men aboard in the third, Suchy smacked his second homer of the season to put the Stingers up 3-1.

Willmar added late insurance runs on Flores’ home run and sacrifice flies by Kyle Perry and Tyler Leffler.

Flores and Zack Tillery each went 3-for-3, and Max Kuhn had two hits.

Kyle Davis started and took the loss for the Rox. He went six innings and allowed three runs while striking out four.

Bobb’s complete game was the first in the Northwoods League this season.

The Stingers, now 10-5 in the Northwoods League North Division and a half-game ahead of the Waterloo Bucks, travel to St. Cloud today for a rematch with the Rox at 6:05 p.m. at Joe Faber Stadium.

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