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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers suffered their worst loss in the franchise's short history, only to comeback and split a Northwoods League doubleheader against the St. Cloud River Bats Tuesday.

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The River Bats clobbered Willmar 16-2 in the first game at Joe Faber Field, collecting 24 hits. The Stingers rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the second game with a 6-4 win in the nightcap.

In the first game, starting pitcher Cedric Pomerlee lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on seven hits.

Though the Stingers (10-10) left nine runners on base, they only managed three hits.

The bullpen was strained to the brink in the second game, but Daniel Zapata shored up the victory with three scoreless innings to close out the win. Willmar rallied for three runs in the eighth to take the lead.

The Stingers travel to Brainerd for two games starting today, then return home to Bill Taunton Stadium Friday to host the Lunkers.

Game 1

St. Cloud 16, Willmar 2

The game got away from Willmar after the first six innings.

The Stingers put a lot of strain on the pitching staff and had to put in Bryan Willson in the fifth inning. Willson, who played third base and pitched for Oxnard (Calif.) College this spring, gave up only one run in the first two innings, then was hit hard in the seventh. St. Cloud scored six runs on six hits.

Starter Roy Metter was brought in for the eighth inning and was tagged for three more runs on four hits.

Seven St. Cloud (12-7) players had mulit-hit games, led by Steve Nyisztor, who was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBI. He tripled and hit a two-run home run. Brandon Boykin also had four hits and drove in three runs, including a double and a solo home run in the second.

Willmar's runs came in the fourth. Mitch Delfino hit a one-out single to score Sean Dwyer and Isaac Ballou drew a bases-loaded walk.

Willmar St. Cloud

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Ballou cf 3 0 0 1 Schultz lf 2 1 1 0

Serna cf 1 0 0 0 Carroll lf 2 1 1 0

Norris 1b 4 0 0 0 Coyle 2b 4 2 2 1

Gonzalez dh 4 0 0 0 Peters 2b 1 0 1 2

Smith rf 2 0 0 0 Nyisztor ss 6 3 4 5

Dwyer lf 2 1 1 0 Garver dh 2 1 0 0

Bemboom lf 0 0 0 0 Frank 1b 3 1 2 1

Sever 2b 4 1 1 0 Rodriguez 1b 5 1 2 1

Johnson c 4 0 0 0 Marks 3b 5 1 3 1

Spivack c 0 0 0 0 Boykin rf 5 1 4 3

Delfino 3b 3 0 1 0 Wsnbrgr c 5 3 2 0 Reynolds ss 1 0 0 0 Hall cf 4 0 1 0

Bell 3b 2 0 0 0 Gutierrez ph 1 1 1 0

Totals 30 2 3 1 Totals 45 16 24 14

Willmar 000 200 000-- 2

St. Cloud 221 101 63x--16

E--Reynolds (1), Bell (2), Rodriguez (4), Hall (1). DP--Willmar 1, St. Cloud 2. LOB--Willmar 9, St. Cloud 10. 2B--Frank (2), Boykin (3), Weisenburger (3). 3B--Nyisztor (2). HR--Nyisztor (2), Boykin (1). SB--Schultz (1), Coyle (5), Boykin (4). CS--Schultz (1), Coyle (2).

Willmar IP H R ER BB SO

Pomerlee (L,1-1) 3 7 5 5 3 2

Carroll 1 2 1 1 0 0

Willson 3 11 7 7 1 4

Metter 1 4 3 2 0 0

St. Cloud

Van Skike (W,3-0) 6 3 2 2 6 7

Smith 1 0 0 0 0 1

Marks 2 0 0 0 0 2

HBP--Dwyer (by Van Skike), Bell (by Van Skike). WP--Pomerlee (1), Van Skike (1). PB--Johnson (2).

T--2:52. A--1,554.

Game 2

Willmar 6, St. Cloud 4

The Stingers' pitching situation carried over to the second game. Pitcher Jayson Huett, normally a reliever getting a spot start, eclipsed the 30-pitch mark in the first inning, automatically taking him out of the game at the end of the inning.

Matt Jahns inherited a 2-1 deficit and gave up one run on one hit in 2Zc innings.

But Willmar's offense picked up the pitching by scoring the first run on Eduardo Gonzalez's single. In the fifth, Isaac Ballou, known more for stealing bases -- six on the season -- hit a two-run home run to tie the game, 3-3.

Wally Marciel, who entered the game in the fourth, walked in the go-ahead run in the sixth. He hit a batter, gave up a double and walked a batter to load the bases.

Willmar responded in the eighth. Jordan Smith led off with a walk and advanced to third on a St. Cloud throwing error. He scored on Joe Sever's groundout to second base. Then Anthony Bemboom smacked a double to right-center field scoring Mitch Delfino and giving the Stingers the lead. Mikey Reynolds' single gave the Stingers an insurance run.

Daniel Zapata pitched the last three innings and gave up just two hits for the win.

Willmar St. Cloud

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Leyva 2b 4 2 2 0 Schultz lf 4 0 1 0

Ballou cf 5 1 3 2 Coyle 2b 4 1 2 1

Gonzalez 1b 4 0 1 1 Nyisztor ss 4 1 1 1

Norris pr 0 0 0 0 Garver c 4 0 1 0

Smith rf 3 1 1 0 Rdriguez 3b 4 1 1 1

Delfino 3b 3 1 0 0 Marks dh 4 0 1 0

Sever dh 4 0 1 1 Boykin cf 3 0 0 0

Bemboom c 5 1 2 1 Benke 1b 3 1 0 0

Serna lf 5 0 1 0 Frank rf 2 0 0 0

Reynolds ss 4 0 1 1 Hall cf 2 0 1 0

Totals 37 6 12 6 Totals 34 4 8 3

Willmar 100 020 030--6

St. Cloud 200 101 000--4

E--Coyle (1), Nyisztor (3), Chaffee (1). DP--St. Cloud 1. LOB--Willmar 11, St. Cloud 11. 2B--Leyva (2), Bemboom 2 (3), Nyisztor (4), Rodriguez (1), Hall (1). HR--Ballou (1). SB--Reynolds 2 (3). CS--Ballou (1).

Willmar IP H R ER BB SO

Huett 1 3 2 2 1 1

Jahns 2Zc 1 1 1 1 1

Marciel 2Xc 2 1 1 2 3

Zapata (W,2-1) 3 2 0 0 1 3

St. Cloud

Wisroth 6 8 3 3 1 2

Chaffee (L,0-1) 2Zc 4 3 1 4 1

Peters Xc 0 0 0 0 0

HBP--Nyisztor (by Marciel), Benke (by Marciel). WP--Jahns 2 (2), Zapata (1).

T--3:05. A--1,702.

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