Northwoods League: Waterloo rolls past Stingers
WILLMAR -- The pitching struggles continued for Willmar as the Waterloo Bucks rolled past the Stingers 10-2 on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Stingers fell to 3-6 and are in fifth place in the Northwoods League North Division. They face Waterloo again 7:05 p.m. today in Willmar.
Jordan Foley tossed five strong innings for Waterloo and allowed just four hits and one run.
Two of his hits allowed were infield singles from Forrestt Allday and Max Kuhn. Mitch Rowan hit his first home run of the season, and Greg Fettes also knocked a single.
The Waterloo bullpen finished off the game with four hitless innings in relief of Foley.
The Bucks greeted Willmar starter Jon Flinn with a four-run first inning capped by a three-run home run off the bat of Jordan Adams. Flinn was tagged for four more runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach before being replaced by Jacob Cage.
The Stingers got a run in the fifth on Rowan's blast and another in the seventh on a pair of errors by the Bucks.
The Bucks made five errors, but the Stingers only took advantage for the one run, when Waterloo centerfielder Benny Roberts dropped a Fettes fly ball and Zach Benson followed with a ground ball to second. Bucks' second baseman Nico Zych threw the ball past the first baseman and Fettes scored.
With the early deficit, the Stingers cycled through the bullpen in the late innings, getting four innings of relief from Cage, Josh Biggs, Kody Gorden and Mark Lukowski in his Stingers' debut.
Every member of the Bucks' lineup had at least one hit and one run, except shortstop Thomas Lindauer, who was 0-for-4. Zych was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored and leadoff hitter Riley Good had two hits and two runs scored.