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Stingers rally to sink Brainerd

WILLMAR -- Down two runs in the bottom of the eighth, the Willmar Stingers scored three times in the frame to rally for a 4-3 win over the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers Monday in a Northwoods League game.

Pinch-hitter Joe Sever reached on an error by the Brainerd third baseman to lead off the eighth. Carlos Leyva then doubled to move Sever over to third. The Lunkers then got two outs before Jordan Smith reached on an error by the second baseman, which allowed Sever to score and get Willmar within 3-2.

Eduardo Gonzalez followed with a double down the third-base line that brought in Leyva with the tying run and moved Smith to third. Zach Rowles then drove in Smith with the winning run when he beat out a slow roller to short.

Stingers' starter David Carroll was stellar in his Willmar debut, allowing just four hits, three runs -- two earned -- and striking out two before exiting with one out in the eighth. Reliever Daniel Zapata picked up the win as he threw 11/3 innings of shutout ball in his second appearance of the season.

Mikey Reynolds scored the Stingers' first run when he led off the third with a single and later came home on a wild pitch.

The Stingers improved to 2-3 and have a chance to get back to .500 tonight when the Lunkers host a 7:05 p.m. game in Brainerd.