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Huett back on track after shaky outing

WILLMAR -- When Jayson Huett was tagged for eight hits and four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings June 6 against Duluth, the Willmar Stingers right-hander was visibly upset after being pulled from the game.

"I'd never had an outing like that so I really didn't know how to react," said Huett, who is from Anaheim, Calif. "I was really frustrated. I felt like I let the team down. I was brought here and expected to get the job done and I didn't. I came into the game with a lead and lost it."

Huett talked to his pitching coach Tyler Shepple and manager Matt Hollod and seems to have fixed the problem. Since that outing, Huett has been unscored upon in his last four outings, totaling 9 1/3 innings, and has allowed only four hits and one walk, while striking out six.

"I think my mechanics were just off a little," Huett said. "I was leaving pitches up in the zone, around the waist instead of at the knees or lower. Hopefully, it won't happen again."

Huetter, who will be a senior at Northwest Missouri State in the fall, pitched 4 2/3 innings of two-hit scoreless relief Monday night with the temperature hovering around 50 degrees in Duluth. He walked none and struck out two.

"I don't mind the cold," he said. "I pitched in 22-degree weather in a game in college in Missouri this spring. We wore big jackets to keep warm. I like pitching in warm weather, like most pitchers do, but I really can handle the cold, too."

TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK: Joe Sever, who has played both infield and outfield for the Stingers this summer, was batting in the fifth inning of Monday night's loss to the Huskies when Connor Hulse's pitch got away from him. The ball struck the right-handed hitting Sever in the face and he immediately went to the ground. He was helped up, but walked off under his own power. Zach Rowles pinch ran for him and then also replaced him at shortstop.

"I'm a little woozy, but okay," said Sever by text after the game. "Luckily, it didn't hit me in the eye. It hit me flush on the cheek and hit part of my nose."

With the arrival of shortstop Carter Bell, a sophomore from British Columbia, who has not been with the team after trying out and making the Canadian National Team, Sever may be placed on the five-day inactive list. Bell is expected to be in uniform for tonight's game.

THURSDAY SELLOUT: The Stingers' game Thursday night against the Rochester Honkers is sold out. Kandiyohi Power Cooperative purchased all the tickets prior to the season in order to hold an anniversary at the ballpark. Tickets are still available for each of the other remaining home game.

SIX-GAME HOME-STAND: The Stingers begins six-game home-stand tonight, hosting Rochester at 7:05 p.m. The game is billed as "Create a Buzz" night in which the first 500 fans will receive a signature kazoo.