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Northwoods League: Suchy leads Willmar past Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. -- Willmar plated eight runs on seven hits in the first three innings against Duluth to give the Stingers an 8-3 win on Wednesday in Duluth.

The Stingers improved to 7-8 in the Northwoods League North Division and are tied for fourth place with Thunder Bay. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games, after losing the first five of the season. Willmar returns home at 7:05 p.m. today to play Thunder Bay at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Michael Suchy keyed the Willmar offense with three hits in the first three innings, driving in three runs with two doubles. He leads the team with 16 RBIs.

Hunter Dozier also had a strong day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

Stingers' starter Jon Flinn picked up his first win of the season, holding Duluth to three runs over 5-1/3 innings.

Scott Lieser tossed 3-2/3 scoreless innings in relief and earned the save.

Forrestt Allday was hitless but walked twice and scored two runs.

Dozier's three hits raised his batting average to .421 and third in the Northwoods League.

Suchy is tied for first in the league with his 16 RBIs and Allday is tied for first in walks with 15.