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Jordan Smith, playing on his high school field, heads for first base leading off the second inning Thursday. He beat out an infield hit for the first-ever Stingers hit and later in the inning scored the new team in the Northwoods League's first run before a full house at Bill Taunton Stadium. The St. Cloud River Bats' catcher is J.C. Casey. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

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WILLMAR -- If there remained doubt something new was shaking in town this summer, a crackling fireworks show over Baker Field last night was another wake-up call.


A dazzling display of pyrotechnics worthy of the Fourth capped the Willmar Stingers' debut in the Northwoods League on Thursday night, a 5-3 loss before an announced crowd of 1,547.

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