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Border Cats drub Stingers, 9-0

(Tribune photos by Rand Middleton) Willmar Stingers catcher Scarafiotti smacks a broken-bat single in the fourth inning at Bill Taunton Stadium on Friday. The Thunder Bay catcher is Will Thorp.

WILLMAR -- Jason Leblebijian and Jarid Scarafiotti each recorded multi-hit games for Willmar Friday night, but the Stingers were pounded by the Thunder Bay Border Cats 9-0 Friday night at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Kevin Taylor hit a three-run homer for Thunder Bay in the first inning, and the Border Cats never looked back.

Thunder Bay added one run in each of the third and fourth innings before a big four-run fifth inning broke the game wide open. Taylor finished the game 2-for-4 with four RBI.

Thunder Bay took the three-game series, 2-1.

Scott Lieser started the game for the Stingers and allowed nine runs in 42/3 innings, though two of them were unearned.

Defensively, Willmar struggled for the second straight night, committing three errors. The Stingers made five errors on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Jon Carlson went six innings in his start for Thunder Bay, scattering four hits and two walks to earn the victory.

Willmar's bullpen looked strong again, shutting out Thunder Bay for 41/3 innings, while only allowing two hits and striking out five. Jason West, a junior from Stephen F. Austin, registered two strikeouts and did not surrender a hit in 11/3 innings. Minnesota-Duluth sophomore Jordan Smith of Raymond struck out three hitters in two innings of relief and allowed only one hit. He was the Stinger's starting catcher in the opener of the series.

Leblebijian went 2-for-4 for the second straight night, including a double. Leblebijian went 5-for-11 in the series.

Leblebijian (two) and Scarafiotti (one) had all the hits for the Stingers in Thursday night's loss to Thunder Bay.

Willmar will now hit the road for four straight games, beginning with a two-day trip to Rochester followed by two games against Alexandria. Willmar will return to Bill Taunton Stadium at Baker Field for a two-game homestand June 8 with one game each against Alexandria and St. Cloud on back-to-back days.

June 8 will be Baseball Night. The first 250 kids 14-and-under will receive a Stingers logo baseball.