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Two errors in ninth cost Stingers in loss to Duluth

DULUTH — Willmar made two crucial errors in the ninth inning, allowing the Duluth Huskies to break a tie game and win 3-2 over the Stingers on Thursday at Wade Stadium.

A throwing miscue by third baseman Max Kuhn allowed leadoff hitter Jered Meek to reach second.

After a walk, Kyle Teaf lined a shot off Stingers’ closer Bret Dahlson that went under the glove of normally sure handed first baseman Nick Halamandaris to score Meek with the game-winner.

The run was charged to Willmar reliever Zack Tillery, who had started the ninth.

It was Kuhn’s fourth error of the season and Halamandaris’ first.

Willmar scored two runs in the seventh on three walks and an error to take a 2-1 lead, but Duluth came back to tie it in the eighth on an RBI double by Trey Vavra.

Michael Murray started for the Stingers and went 6.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out two.

The Stingers fell back into second place with a 19-10 record in the Northwoods League North Division behind the 19-9 Waterloo Bucks.

Willmar plays 6:35 p.m. today at Duluth.