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Steve Lombardozzi, prior to throwing out the first pitch at the Willmar Stingers' game Thursday night, recounts his fondest memory of the 1987 season. The World Series champion Minnesota Twins' second baseman recalled the night the Twins returned from Detroit late Sunday after winning the American League Pennant, and their stunned reaction when the overhead door at the Metrodome opened slowly revealing 50,000 fans to greet them. (Tribune photo by Rand Middleton)

Willmar, Minn., two runs short in late-inning rally efforts

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WILLLMAR -- Twins Night was a hit at Baker Field on Thursday evening.

Twenty-nine of them were cranked out by Northwoods League rivals Willmar and Thunder Bay, 16 by the Stingers.

But it was a four-bagger in the Border Cats' second inning with the bases loaded that spelled the difference as the Sting-ers fell 10-8 before 951 well-entertained fans at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar on an 80-degree evening.

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