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Stingers win 4th straight

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WILLMAR -- With back-to-back five-run innings, the Willmar Stingers won their fourth straight Northwoods League game after defeating the Rochester Honkers Sunday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.

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Despite a 10-3 final and 13 hits, the Stingers came out slow in the first three innings, allowing the Honkers to score first.

An error by Willmar's left fielder Mitch Rowan allowed one run followed by an RBI single to make it 2-0.

In the fourth, an RBI double by Sean Dwyer got the Stingers on the scoreboard.

An error at third after an Eduardo Gonzalez single scored Dwyer to tie the score.

An RBI double by Rowan and an RBI single by Anthony Hincy, who both finished 3-for-4, put the Stingers up 4-2. Hincy took home on a wild pitch by Rochester's Alex Alemann to make it 5-2.

The Stingers came out again in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of singles by John Haberman, who was 2-for-4, and Jarid Scarafiotti. Jake Stinnet's two-run single and a pair of singles by Rowan and Hincy put the Stingers up 10-2.

Starting pitcher Ricky Knapp improved his record to 2-0 by pitching 51/3 innings and striking out eight.

Willmar (7-5) will take on Rochester for the final game of the series today at 7 p.m. at Bill Taunton Stadium. Right-hander Michael Jahns is expected to start for the Stingers.

The Honkers (4-8) were led by Devin Thaut (3-for-5), Damek Tomscha (3-for-4) and Reid Roper (2-for-3).

Saturday's game

Stingers need just 4 hits to edge Honkers

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers defeated the Rochester Honkers 2-1 on Saturday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Stingers starting pitcher Tanner Banks outdueled Honkers Aaron Siefken in a tense battle. Banks went 62/3 innings, giving up one run while striking out five. Siefken pitched seven innings and gave up the two Stingers runs.

Kurt Spomer pitched the ninth inning and collected his second save of the season. The Stingers were led offensively by Sean Dwyer who went 2-for-3 and scored a run.

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