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Tribune photo by Tom Larson Willmar Stingers catcher J.D. Dorgan tags out Mankato MoonDogs' Chad Christensen at the plate during the teams' Northwoods League North Division playoff game at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar on Monday. Christensen was trying to score from second on a single but was thrown out by Stingers' centerfielder Forrestt Allday.

Northwoods Playoffs: Mankato thrashes Stingers


WILLMAR -- The lack of pitching depth came back to haunt the Willmar Stingers as they fell to the Mankato MoonDogs 10-5 on Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium in their first-ever Northwoods League playoff game.

Stingers' starting pitcher Tanner Banks cruised through the first three innings but then threw more than 35 pitches in a three-run fourth inning. According to Northwoods League rules, if a pitcher surpasses 35 in an inning he can't stay in the game.

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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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