Stingers pitching stifles Express
WILLMAR - Jonathan McKinney and Jake Marsh teamed up on a pitching gem and the Willmar Stingers defeated Eau Claire 3-1 in a Northwoods League game on Wednesday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
The Stingers won their second-straight and play host to Thunder Bay at 7:05 p.m. Thursday before playing their annual game in Alexandria, against the Border Cats, at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Knute Nelson Field.
On Wednesday, Richie Garcia, Jayson Newman and Calvin Estrada all drove in runs without the benefit of a hit in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Despite the relative lack of offense, those runs were plenty for McKinney and Marsh.
McKinney worked 5-2/3 innings, allowing a run on four hits. Marsh cleaned up the final 3-1/3 innings, allowing just a hit and a couple of walks while striking out two.
The Stingers' John Trousdale had two hits and scored a run, and Caleb Ricca, Tyler Reichenborn and Brett Bello had Willmar's other hits. Reichenborn and Bello also scored runs.
Willmar 3, Eau Claire 1
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Hitting - Eau Claire: Spencer Myers 1-4, Andrew Pratt 1-4 r, Adam LaRock 1-3, Nate Thimjon 1-3 rbi ... Willmar: Caleb Ricca 1-3, Richie Garcia 0-3 rbi, Tyler Reichenborn 1-3 r, John Trousdale 2-3 2b r sb, Jayson Newman 0-3 rbi, Calvin Estrada 0-3 rbi, Brett Bello 1-3 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Eau Claire: Andrew Dean (L) 6-5-3-3-3-4, Reagan McDonald 2-0-0-0-3-4 ... Willmar: Jonathan McKinney (W) 5.2-4-1-1-2-3, Jake Marsh (Sv) 3.1-0-0-0-2-2
Milroy 8, Willmar 5
Milroy opened up a big lead in the first two innings and downed the Rails on Wednesday in Willmar.
Milroy's Matt Bauer and Nolan Schaeffer both had two hits and drove in three runs, and Bauer worked a complete game to get the win.
Willmar's Nick Bergeson had three hits and drove in a run.
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Hitting - Milroy: Matt Bauer 2-5 rbi-3, Nolan Schaeffer 2-4 rbi-3 ... Willmar: Gunnar Banks 1-2 rbi, Garret Kooistra 1-5 rbi, Brayden Sunder 1-5, Josh Tinklenberg 1-4, Tanner Thunstedt 1-3, Nick Bergeson 3-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Milroy: Bauer (W) 9-8-5-3-3-9 ... Willmar: Thunstedt (L) 9-9-8-7-7-6
Sacred Heart 1
Tyler Steen hit a two-run double in the first inning and a grand slam in the seventh that ended Raymond's game against Sacred Heart by the 10-run rule on Wednesday.
Steen also had a sacrifice fly and drove in seven runs. John Sawatzky allowed a run on six hits and struck out eight in six innings and Brandon Wedel struck out the side in the seventh.
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Hitting - Sacred Heart: Jose Ortiz 1-3 rbi, Jeremy Hinderks 2-3, Nate Hebrink 1-3, Trent Novotny 1-3, Brady Holwerda 1-2 ... Raymond: Calvin Kosminskas 2-4, Justin Koenen 4-4 rbi-2, Mike Jeseritz 1-3, Tyler Steen 2-4 gs 2b rbi-7 sf, Eric Hulterstrum 0-2 rbi, Joe Schlagel 1-2 rbi, Jose Rosario 1-3 rbi, Herman Solomon 2-3 rbi, Brett Swanson 2-4 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart: Dalton Struxness (L) 3.1-9-8-8-5-2, Ortiz 2.2-6-6-6-2-0 ... Raymond: John Sawatzky (W) 6-6-1-1-2-8, Brandon Wedel 1-0-0-0-0-3