Stingers rained out at Alex
WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers’ game was rained out Sunday at Alexandria. The game will be made up June 18 in Alexandria with a doubleheader of two seven-inning games.
Stingers 4, Huskies 2
WILLMAR — Abe Bobb’s first inning was nothing like the seven that followed. The right-handed pitcher gave up two singles and hit a batter to load the bases, but escaped without surrendering a run. From that point forward, Bobb kept the Duluth Huskies batters off balance and turned in a start that tied a league-high for innings pitched as the Willmar Stingers beat Duluth 4-2 on Saturday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The eight-plus innings came to an end when Aaron Hernandez singled over the head of shortstop Max Dutto to begin the ninth. Stingers’ manager Matt Hollod pulled Bobb from the game and Bret Dahlson picked up the final three outs for his first save of the season.
Colton Bottomley doubled to begin the home half of the fifth inning and tied the game 1-1 after coming home on a wild pitch. Chris Barnett then walked, Danny Brennan singled and Zack Tillery gave Bobb all the run support necessary with a double that put Willmar up for good 3-1. The two RBIs were Tillery’s first of the season.
Of the 24 Duluth batters that Bobb dispatched over the course of his eight innings, 20 were retired on ground balls, and a pair of double plays erased the few base runners that Bobb allowed.
Dutto picked up his third RBI of the season in the sixth on a base hit to right field that scored Max Kuhn and completed the scoring for Willmar on the night.