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Stingers sweep doubleheader from Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, Ont. — The Willmar Stingers rebounded from a disappointing start to the second half of the Northwoods League season by taking both seven-inning games of a doubleheader at Thunder Bay on Sunday.

The Stingers and Border Cats were rained out Saturday. On Sunday, the Stingers won the first game 6-2 and took Game Two 11-2.

Willmar opened the second half with a 10-9 loss to Alexandria on Friday in a game the Stingers led 8-2 at one point.

But the sweep of the Border Cats sends the Stingers home for four games with a 2-1 second-half record.

In Game Two on Sunday, Marc Flores hit his seventh home run of the summer, a three-run shot that highlighted a seven-run Stingers outburst. Flores also doubled in a run.

Alec Sole was 2-for-5 and drove in two runs and Colton Bottomley was 1-for-2 and had two RBIs.

Andrew Woeck was solid in his second start with the Stingers, working six innings and striking out six to earn his second win.

In game one, the Stingers trailed 2-0 until they scored four in the sixth. Flores, Max Kuhn, Michael Suchy and Colton Bottomley drove in runs in the sixth, and Kuhn singled in two more in the seventh. He was 2-for-4 and Tyler Leffler had two hits and scored twice.

Cody Hughes picked up the win in relief of starter Max Homick, who pitched the first four innings. Hughes struck out two in his inning of work and Colin Poche struck out three in two hitless relief innings to earn his first save.

The Stringers open a four-game homestand against Duluth at 7:05 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium. Willmar plays Duluth again on Tuesday, then takes on Northern Division-leading and first-half pennant-winner Waterloo on Wednesday and Thursday.