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Stingers fight off River Bats, 4-3

WILLMAR -- Jon Habeman went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs and Scott Lieser went six innings to even his record at 1-1 as the Stingers tipped the St. Cloud River Bats 4-3 Thursday in Northwoods League baseball.

The win ended a three-game losing streak for the second-year collegiate team out of Willmar. The Stingers (4-5) play at Faber Field in St. Cloud this evening.

Willmar went up 1-0 in the first on Sean Dwyer sacrifice fly. The lead climbed to 4-0 with two runs in the fourth. Lieser had a shutout going through five innings before the River Bats rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth.

Coach Todd Hollod went to the bullpen after that and with good results. Michael Shreves pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He was followed to the hill by Kurt Spooner, also in perfect form while striking out two for his first save.

Leiser, who pitched for Browerville before entering St. Cloud State two years ago, gave up five hits over six innings and walking just one River Bat.

Haberman's four singles upped his average to .355. Jason Leblebijian went 2-for-3 and is now hitting .333.

Andy Henkemeyer, who is from Sauk Rapids and plays for Minnesota, doubled in two runs in the St. Cloud sixth.

The Bats third straight loss puts them in the North Division cellar with a 2-7 reord.

Tanner Banks is slated to start tonight for the Stingers.

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