Stingers even record by sweeping Duluth
DULUTH -- The suddenly hot (aren't we all) Willmar Stingers took a pair from the Duluth Huskies 1-0 and 3-2 in 10 innings on Wednesday night.
It was 89 degrees in the Twin Ports where the Stingers extended their winning streak to four games. They're now 6-6 in the Northwoods North Division second half before playing the Huskies for the final time today at 7:05 p.m.
The Stingers return home Friday to start a two-game set with Alexandria and then a Sunday night game with Brainerd before returning to the road.
Scott Lieser threw the Stingers' fourth shutout of the season, a seven-inning nine-hitter in the lidlifter. He walked one and fanned four in a 90-minute game.
Anthony Bemboom singled home Mitch Delfino, who had walked, in the second inning with the game's lone run. That was one of only four hits off losing pitcher Joey Novak.
Willmar again was outhit by the host team in the nightcap, this time 10-5.
The winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the 10th (Willmar was the home team the second game). Jarid Scarafiotti, the Stingers' big catcher, walked with two outs. Bemboom, also a catcher, was sent out to run. John Haberman hit a ball to leftfield that was misplayed by the Huskies and Bemboom, running on contact, was able to come all the way around and score.
Dan Russell, the fifth Stinger to pitch, got the win throwing a perfect 10th inning with two strikeouts.
Brian Hansen, the Huskies' centerfielder from Cold Springs, had three hits to raise his average to .273.
Sean Dwyer had two of Willmar's five hits.
Stingers raising funds for Relay for Life
The Willmar Stingers Summer Collegiate baseball team is halfway to its goal of raising $1,500 for this Saturday's Kandiyohi County Relay for Life.
If they reach the goal, the entire team and coaching staff will take part in the overnight walk starting Friday at the middle school track.
To donate go to willmarstingers.com and the Donate Now bar on the right side.
Get Stung with the Run 5k Saturday at Bill Taunton Stadium
The first-ever Get Stung by the Run 5k Run/Walk from Bill Taunton Stadium is Saturday with an approximate 9:30 a.m. start, following a Kids 1k Fun Run at 9 a.m.
The event is presented by Rice Memorial Hospital, Hansen Advertising and Subway.
All proceeds will benefit the Willmar Area YMCA Mentor Program.
The Stingers host the Alexandria Beetles later in the day at 7:05 p.m. and, weather permitting, there will be a fireworks display following the game.