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Jordan Smith, left, of the Willmar Stingers scores a run in the second inning followed by Sean Dwyer, center, as Thunder Bay catcher Taylor Honeycutt looks on Friday in Willmar. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

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WILLMAR -- Jordan Smith hit the Stingers' first home run at Bill Taunton Stadium and went 4-for-5 on the night to drive in three runs and spark Willmar to a 14-10 win over the Thunder Bay Border Cats Friday in Northwoods League action.

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The Border Cats hit two home runs with Tyler Wosleger's two-run shot in the first allowing the visitors from Canada to take a quick 3-0 lead.

Willmar was held scoreless in the bottom half of the frame, but struck for four runs in the second to take over the lead. Smith doubled to lead off the inning and Sean Dwyer followed by reaching on an error. Zach Rowles, who went 3-for-4, then doubled to knock in Smith and Dwyer before Rowles scored on an error and Anthony Bemboom scored on a passed ball.

Thunder Bay responded by scoring seven runs over the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to regain the lead. Smith tied the game in the third at 5-5 with a solo home run to straight-away center.

After the Border Cats went up 10-5, Willmar closed the gap to one by plating four runs in the sixth. Smith capped the scoring in the inning with an RBI single.

Michael Jahns, who got the win by pitching the seventh and eighth, and Jacob Barnes combined to keep the Border Cats scoreless over the last three innings.

A five-run eighth put the Stingers back in front as 10 batters came to the plate. Smith tied the game by knocking in Isaac Ballou with a single.

Dwyer followed with a two-run double to break the tie and Andrew Haake added insurance with a two-run single.

A majority of the Stingers' damage in the eighth was off Thunder Bay closer Drew Erwin, who entered the game with five saves and an ERA of 0.00.

The series continues today with a 7:05 p.m. game before ending on Sunday with a 6:05 p.m. contest.

Willmar 14, Thunder Bay 10

Thunder Bay Willmar

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Pryor lf 6 0 0 0 Ballou cf 4 2 0 1

Kitamra dh 5 2 3 0 Serna 2b 4 0 1 0

Mistich 2b 3 3 2 1 Gonzalez dh 5 1 1 0

Court 3b 5 0 1 1 Smith rf 5 3 4 3

Wosleger 1b 4 2 2 3 Dwyer lf 4 2 1 2

Battiston lf 4 1 1 0 Rowles ss 4 3 3 2

Houts rf 3 1 1 2 Bemboom c 4 2 1 1

Stubbs ss 3 1 0 0 Haake 1b 5 1 2 2

Doe ph-ss 1 0 1 0 Norris 1b 0 0 0 0

Honeycutt c 2 0 0 0 Willson 3b 2 0 0 1

Nivins ph 1 0 0 0 Leyva ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 37 10 11 7 Totals 38 14 13 12

Thunder Bay 302 221 000--10

Willmar 041 004 05x--14

E--Pryor (2), Mistich 2 (5), Court (1), Haake (2), Pomerlee (1). LOB--Thunder Bay 9, Willmar 7. 2B--Kitamura (1), Court (1), Houts (1), Smith (3), Dwyer (4), Rowles (3). HR--Mistich (1), Wosleger (1), Smith (1). SB--Mistich (3), Wosleger (2), Battiston (1), Houts (4), Rowles (2).

Thunder Bay IP H R ER BB SO

Brown 2 2 4 1 1 2

White 3 3 1 1 0 3

Miller 1Zc 5 4 2 0 1

Delatte (L, 0-2) Xc 0 1 1 2 0

Erwin 1 3 4 4 2 0

Willmar

Metter 3 5 5 5 2 2

Pomerlee 1Xc 3 4 2 3 1

Birr 1Zc 2 1 1 1 0

Jahns (W, 2-0) 2 0 0 0 0 1

Barnes 1 1 0 0 1 1

HBP--by Jahns (Mistich). WP--Brown, Birr, Jahns. PB--Honeycutt.

T--3:03. A--1,029.

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