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South blanks North in Northwoods All-Star Game

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South blanks North in Northwoods All-Star Game
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MEQUON, Wisconsin — The South Division managed just three hits off 10 North Division pitchers, but one was really all that was needed.

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Madison’s Pete Alonso connected for a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead the South All-Stars to a 3-0 victory over the North in the Northwoods League’s 2014 All-Star Game on Tuesday at Kapco Park.

Three Willmar Stingers played in the game, with Brady Anderson starting and pitching a hitless inning while striking out one. Andrew Towns also pitch an inning, allowing a hit and striking out one.

The Stingers’ Nick Rivera, the North’s DH, singled in three trips.

Alonso homered off Alexandria’s Andrew Thome after Wisconsin Rapids’ Zach Domingues walked and Wisconsin’s Paul DeJong singled with one out. Alonso entered the game with 13 home runs this season, second in the NWL to DeJong’s 14.

Eleven South pitchers scattered eight hits, with Green Bay’s Roberto Baroniel getting the win.

Thome took the loss. South pitchers issued three walks and struck out 11 and the North arms walked two and struck out 10.

The North All-Stars stranded eight baserunners and the South left three on.

Rivera homered in the NWL’s pre-game home run derby to help the South win the competition. Rivera entered the game tied for third in the NWL with 10 home runs.

The first-place Stingers return to action on Thursday when they host the Thunder Bay Border Cats at 7:05 p.m. in Willmar on Baker Diamond at Bill Taunton Stadium. Willmar finished the first half in first place to secure a spot in the playoffs that start Aug. 12.

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