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Willmar Stingers shut out Duluth Huskies

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WILLMAR -- The Bees are back in town.

And feeling a little better about themselves, too, after beating the Duluth Huskies Wednesday night in Twin Ports 6-0 to end a three-game slide.

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The Stingers (17-15) have been gone more than long-haul truckers. Tonight's game against the Thunder Bay (Ontario) Border Cats is only their second at Bill Taunton Stadium since June 25.

Blake Sheperd and Dan Russell were the keys to last night's win. Shepherd, who went 3-for-4, crushed a three-run homer to left field in the sixth inning to give Willmar a 5-0 lead.

Dan Russell had the kind of outing coach Todd Hollod has been looking for but seldom got this week. The junior right hander out of Western Illinois threw seven scoreless innings, his longest outing of the year.

Russell improved to 2-2 on the season after scattering six hits and two walks while striking out six. Jake Stinnett pitched two scoreless innings of cleanup.

Shepard drove in four runs with his three hits. Mitch Rowen went 2-for-2 and Rob Elliot and Sean Dwyer each had doubles.

Former Twins second-baseman Lombardozzi at Stingers game tonight

Former Minnesota Twin and former World Series Champion Steve Lombardozzi will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as the Willmar Stingers take on the Thunder Bay Border Cats at 7:05 tonight at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.

This night at the ballpark is also "Minnesota Twins Night" presented by KDJS 1590AM featuring team mascot TC Bear, organist specialist Sue Nelson and fan favorite "Wally the Beer Man." The first 200 fans will receive a Lombardozzi baseball card and have the opportunity to receive autographs prior to and during the game.

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