Stingers fall to Huskies in 10th
DULUTH — Michael Tinsley beat out a potential inning-ending double play to drive home the winning run, and the Duluth Huskies walked off against the Willmar Stingers 3-2 on Sunday at Wade Stadium.
Duluth’s Nolan Rogers and Keach Ballard hit two straight singles with one out in the 10th to start the Huskies’ rally.
That brought up Tinsley, who bounced a ball to second baseman Hutton Moyer. Moyer flipped to Max Dutto at shortstop for the force, but Tinsley just beat the relay to first to keep the inning alive and bring in Rogers with the winning run.
Willmar had scored in the eighth on Moyer’s RBI single to score Dutto who had led off with a single and taken third on an error and a bunt.
They also plated one in the sixth on Casey Hughston’s RBI double.
T.J. Whidby started and took a no-decision, going the first nine innings and striking out three.
Will Lydon took the loss in relief.
Moyer was the only Stinger batter with multiple hits, but the rest of the lineup had exactly one hit each.
Duluth’s Trent Chatterton had a 3-for-5 night, and Ballard, Tinsley and Alex Michaels had two hits each.
Steve Villines pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Huskies to notch the win.
The Stingers are now 2-3 in the Northwoods League North Division second half. They trail first-place Mankato by two games, and play 6:35 p.m. today at Duluth.
Willmar 4, Thunder Bay 3
Andrew Towns turned in another strong start and Nick Rivera drove in three runs in Willmar’s victory at Thunder Bay.
Towns tossed eight innings and struck out nine, lowering his season ERA to 2.43.
Casey Hughston and Rivera hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh, breaking a 2-2 tie.