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Stingers notch sweep of twin bill from Alex

Carlos Levya of the Stingers ducks to avoid being hit by an errant throw from Beetles' third baseman Jake Tanis to first baseman Matt Lowenstein during the third inning in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar. (Tribune photo by Jesse Fuchs)

WILLMAR -- Cedric Pomerlee and Jacob Barnes combined on a one-hitter and Willmar blanked Alexandria 5-0 to give the Stingers a sweep of their Northwoods League doubleheader on Wednesday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Willmar won the opener 7-2 behind Joe Sever's three-run homer. The Stingers are now tied with St. Cloud for first place in the second half of the season. Rochester won the first half. The winners of each half will play off at the end of the season.

Pomerlee (2-3) turned in his best outing of the season. The left-hander entered the game with an ERA over 6.00 and blanked the Beetles over 61/3 innings before running into control problems in the seventh by walking two batters and throwing a wild pitch. Barnes struck out the final two batters of the game to preserve the shutout. Pomerlee had a no-hitter going before Mikel Alvarez singled with one out in the sixth.

Jordan Smith and Sean Dwyer drove in runs in the second game. Mitch Delfino and Matt Serna had two hits apiece.

In the opener, Willmar bolted to a 3-0 lead when Smith walked and Eduardo Gonzalez singled ahead of Sever's three-run homer. Willmar added two more runs in the third and two more in the fourth. Sever finished 2-for-2 and scored twice. Isaac Ballou and Delfino also drove in runs.

David Carroll (3-2) hurled 52/3 innings for the win. The right-hander allowed four hits and two runs (one earned), while walking one and striking out two. Dwyer pitched 11/3 innings of hitless relief.