Stingers' woes continue with loss to Rochester
WILLMAR — Matt Kent quieted the Stingers for the second time this season to help the Rochester Honkers beat Willmar 5-1 on Friday.
Kent, who threw an eight-inning, eight-strikeout gem on July 12 to beat Willmar 6-1, was nearly as good the second time around. He struck out six over six innings and scattered four hits, all singles.
The Stingers have lost six of their last 10 and dropped three games under .500 at 8-11 in the second half in the Northwoods League North Division.
Their overall record sits at 31-23, and with the Duluth Huskies’ win over Thunder Bay on Friday, the Stingers are 1.5 games out of playoff contention.
Rochester’s Max Murphy socked a two-run double in the third off Stinger starter and losing pitcher Andrew Woeck, who also allowed a run in the first on a dropped third strike to Kalei Hanawahine.
Willmar scratched across a run in the seventh when Michael Suchy doubled off Honkers’ reliever Hayden Edwards to score Tyler Leffler, who had singled.
The Stingers play 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Rochester, and have their first inter-division game 1:05 p.m. Sunday at Green Bay.