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Duluth sets down Stingers again

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers wasted a strong pitching performance by Cedric Pomerlee Sunday night, falling to the Duluth Huskies 7-4 in a Northwoods League game.

Pomerlee, a left-hander from Alcorn State, allowed only two hits and two unearned runs over five innings in his debut on the mound. He was removed after throwing 89 pitches.

Willmar led 3-2 until Duluth scored four times in the top of the seventh inning, including Cody Asche's three-run homer with one out. It was the second straight night that Asche homered against the Stingers.

Isaac Ballou and Jordan Smith each had a pair of hits to extend their hitting streaks to four games.

Nate Johnson also had two hits. Andrew Haake and Zach Rowles each drove in a run. Willmar had 11 hits and left nine runners on base.

Tyler Albright and Robbie Collier had three hits apiece for the Huskies (2-2), who swept the two-game series from the Stingers (1-3). Sam Briend picked up the win in relief, tossing two innings and giving up four hits and one run.

Jayson Huett was tagged with the loss in relief of Pomerlee. He gave up eight hits and four runs in 12/3 innings. Logan Birr finished with 21/3 scoreless innings of two-hit relief. He struck out two.

Willmar hosts the Brainerd Lunkers for 70's Night at the Ballpark tonight. Stingers players will be wearing retro uniforms and fans are encouraged to dress in 70's style.

Stingers fall to Duluth Saturday

Cody Asche belted a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Duluth upended Willmar 5-1 on Saturday.

Jordan Smith had two of Willmar's seven hits and now has hit safely in all three games. Isaac Ballou, the team's leading hitter, drove in the lone Stingers' run in the third inning.

Charley Olson, making his first start of the season, worked 72/3 innings in being tagged with the loss. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs, while walking three and striking out four.

Stingers' shortstop Mikey Reynolds hit the first triple in franchise history in the third inning, then scored on Ballou's single.