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NWL Baseball: Stingers staying alive, barely

WILLMAR — The Stingers aren’t going to go down easily.

Willmar punished the Green Bay Bullfrogs 13-3 on Friday at Bill Taunton Stadium, but the Duluth Huskies won their fifth straight to stay two games ahead of the Stingers in the Northwoods League North Division playoff race.

For the Stingers to make the postseason, they must win their remaining two games and the Huskies must lose their remaining two. That scenario would leave the teams with identical records and the Stingers have the tiebreaker with the better head-to-head record against Duluth during the regular season.

Marc Flores launched two solo home runs and set the Stingers’ single-season record in RBIs with 63, breaking Michael Suchy’s record of 62 set last season.

Colton Bottomley was 5-for-5 to lead Willmar’s 18-hit night, and Nick Halamandaris had three hits and a sixth-inning grand slam.

T.J. Whidby tossed seven innings and scattered nine hits and two runs to pick up his sixth win of the season. The righthander out of Central Arizona leads the Stingers this season with 58.1 innings pitched.

The Stingers play 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Waterloo, and wrap up the regular season 7:05 p.m. Sunday against Waterloo at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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