Northwoods League: Stingers extend division lead
WILLMAR -- Forrestt Allday broke a 0-0 tie with a two-run, two-out double, and the Willmar Stingers beat the Rochester Honkers 4-2 on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Stingers increased their lead in the Northwoods League North Division to 1.5 games over Duluth, and their record now stands at 14-9. They face Rochester again at 7:05 p.m. today in Willmar.
Pitching dominated the game early with Willmar's Kyle Fischer and Rochester's Jared Miller matching zeroes through four innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, Zach Benson and J.D. Dorgan reached on two-out singles. Allday followed with a deep drive to right-center to put the Stingers up 2-0.
The Stingers scored two more in the sixth when Dillon Haupt and Michael Suchy reached on a walk and a single. Haupt, who had stolen second and went to third on Suchy's hit, scored on a wild pitch. Suchy then stole third and scored on an RBI-groundout by Hunter Dozier.
Fischer gave the Stingers a solid effort with two runs allowed in seven innings of work. He struck out three and walked one to improve his record to 4-1. He has a 5.43 ERA on the season.
The Honkers pushed two across in the seventh on an RBI-single by Reid Roper and an RBI-fielder's choice by Mike Lukkason.
The Stingers' defense made several nice plays as well.
Third baseman Zach Benson made a diving stop and throw and left fielder Brennan Moore made running, over-the-shoulder catch to pick up Fischer in the first inning.
They also threw out a player at home when Rochester's Justin Parr doubled to right-center. Center fielder Michael Suchy relayed it to second baseman Kenny Roberts, who relayed it to catcher J.D. Dorgan to nail Dakota Smith at the plate.