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Olson hurls Stingers past Brainerd

Charley Olson

BRAINERD -- Charley Olson saved the day.

After the Willmar Stingers bled through their pitching options in two games against St. Cloud Tuesday, the right-hander from Georgia State hurled the team's first complete game of the season in a 7-2 Northwoods League win against the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Wednesday.

Olson (2-2) kept the Lunkers snapping, striking out eight. He also controlled situations so they didn't become problems, scattering nine hits over the nine innings.

Offensively, the Stingers (11-10) gave Olson the run support early. Eduardo Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly and Nate Johnson drove in a run with a groundout to give Willmar a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Matt Serna drew a bases-loaded walk in the third and Jared Norris smacked a bases-clearing double to give the Stingers a 6-1 lead. He finished with three hits and three RBI.

Willmar pounded out eight hits, but it was Olson's stamina that took the spotlight. Because of usage rules, pitchers have a few mileposts when it comes to pitch counts. A pitcher cannot throw more than 30 pitches in an inning or he has to be taken out of the game. At the 100-pitch mark, a pitcher can't start a new inning. At the 110-pitch mark, a pitcher can't face the next batter.

Olson was at 109 pitches with two outs in the ninth inning and runners at first and second base. He threw five times to Levi Ferguson and got a ground ball to third base for the final out.

The rules in place make it tough for a pitcher to record a complete game. Only four others have done it this year.

The Stingers are at Brainerd today for a 7:05 p.m. game, then host the Lunkers Friday.

Willmar 7, Brainerd 2

Willmar Brainerd

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Leyva 2b 3 1 0 0 Hillsinger lf 4 0 1 0

Rowles 2b 1 0 0 0 Berge 2b 3 0 0 0

Ballou cf 5 1 1 0 Allbritton c 4 0 0 0

Gonzalez 1b 1 1 1 1 Krist dh 4 2 2 0

Dwyer rf 1 0 0 0 Reyes ss 4 0 1 1

Johnson c 4 1 1 0 Gaston rf 4 0 0 0

Sever lf 3 1 0 0 Koglin 3b 4 0 3 0

Serna 3b 3 1 1 1 Abrhmsn 1b 4 0 1 0

Norris 1b 4 0 3 3 Ferguson cf 4 0 1 0

Willson dh 4 0 0 0

Reynolds ss 4 1 1 0

Totals 33 7 8 5 Totals 35 2 9 1

Willmar 204 100 000--7

Brainerd 010 000 001--2

E--Gonzalez (3), Berge (5), Abrahamson (4). DP--Willmar 2, Brainerd 1. LOB--Willmar 4, Brainerd 7. 2B--Norris (1). 3B--Krist (1). S--Krist (1). SF--Gonzalez (1).

Willmar IP H R ER BB SO

Olson (W,2-2) 9 9 2 1 1 8

Brainerd

Florer (L,0-3) 3 4 6 4 3 0

Horkley 3 2 1 1 0 1

Bunch 2 2 0 0 0 0

Matthews 1 0 0 0 0 0

WP--Florer (1).

T--2:10. A--322.

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