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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) On third base, Jake Stinnett, left, of the Willmar Stingers visits with assistant coach Brandon Cohen during a June 18 game with the Duluth Huskies at Baker Field in Willmar. Stinnett is from Vista, Calif., but attends school on the opposite coast where he will be a sophomore at the University of Maryland.

Host family is key to a Stingers' summer

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Jake Stinnett, a native Californian pitching for the Stingers, had never experienced a tornado before.

Luckily, his host family, Jamie and Amy Berskow, had prepared him.

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"Having lived in Willmar for a while, they knew what to do during huge thunderstorms and tornado watches, two things I had never seen before," Stinnett said.

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Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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