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Northwoods League: Mankato stifles Stingers 6-1

MANKATO -- Two separate two-run homers by Craig Massoni led the Mankato MoonDogs to a 6-1 victory over the Willmar Stingers on Monday afternoon at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.

Willmar (16-11) picked up its only run in the ninth inning after Zach Benson walked with two outs and scored on an RBI-single by Brady Anderson in his only at-bat of the game. The Stingers only produced two hits in the contest with the other hit coming from Michael Suchy in the fourth. Mitch Rowan reached base twice on walks, as did Benson. Suchy reached three times with a walk and a hit-by-pitch to go along with his base hit.

Andrew Pulido suffered the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in five innings. Kody Gorden came out of the bullpen to pitch the final three innings, striking out four while allowing one hit.

Outside of the ninth inning, Willmar's best opportunity came in the fifth inning when the Stingers loaded the bases with three walks, but they could not push across a run and ended up stranding 10 men in the game.

The Stingers will play the MoonDogs 7:05 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium in Willmar.