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Tribune Editorial: Stingers a great asset to the region

Willmar Stingers are a hit!

The Willmar Stingers opened their inaugural season on Thursday night at Bill Taunton Stadium with more than 1,500 fans in attendance. It was a grand evening from start to finish. There was a time when it looked like rain was going to dampen the spirits of those in attendance but that threat struck out.

The evening began with former Twin and baseball great Paul Molitor throwing out the first pitch. The first hit and the first run scored came from Willmar's Jordan Smith. The Minnesota Twins may have their hometown boy Joe, but the Stingers have Jordan.

The Stingers ended up losing the game on the scoreboard, but not in terms of great entertainment. The level of fan participation is outstanding. There are funny games, giveaways, sound effects, music and much more. There is a nice variety of concessions and you can also purchase a cold beer to go with your hot dog.

The stadium has never looked better. Congratulations to all those Willmar city employees who have worked so hard getting the field and the stadium ready.

The Stingers are a great addition to this region. It's an inexpensive, fun night out with your family and friends. We encourage you to come out to the park and watch some of the best college baseball players in the country. And, to hear the sound of a wooden bat!

Congratulations to the Stingers!