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Stinger lead-off batter Rob Elliott beats out an infield hit as the throw comes to Thunder Bay first baseman Casey Selsor. Elliott later scored for a 1-0 first-inning lead. The two teams battled it out in a tight game through six innings before the Stingers broke it open in the seventh and eighth innings and held off a ninth-inning rally for an 11-7 win over the Border Cats Friday night at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Willmar, Minn., Stingers come up big in late innings

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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers earned a split of a two-game visit by the Northwoods team from over the border when they posted nine runs in the late innings to roll past the Border Cats of Thunder Bay, Ontario, 11-7 on Friday night.

Thursday night the two teams combined for 29 hits (16 by the Bees), 18 runs and some late fireworks. It was more of the same last night at Bill Taunton Stadium on another 80-degree evening.

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