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Stingers close home slate with victory

Willmar second baseman John Trousdale makes the throw to first for an out during Friday's Northwoods League game against Rochester at Bill Taunton Stadium. Joe Brown / Tribune1 / 3
Willmar pitcher Noah Fluman uncorks a pitch during Friday's Northwoods League game against Rochester at Bill Taunton Stadium. Joe Brown / Tribune2 / 3
Willmar's Tyler Reichenborn makes contact with a pitch during Friday's Northwoods League game against Rochester at Bill Taunton Stadium. Joe Brown / Tribune3 / 3

WILLMAR - With 46 overall wins and counting, the Willmar Stingers certainly gave their fans plenty to cheer about this season.

They added an exclamation point with a superb effort offensively, defensively and on the mound in a 7-1 win over Rochester on Friday to close out their 2018 regular-season home schedule at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Starter and winner Noah Fluman and relievers Dylan Oliver and Michael Cartwright allowed just six hits and a fourth-inning solo home run, and the Stingers played error-free defense behind them.

Tyler Reichenborn had two hits, including a home run, and he drove in two runs, John Trousdale had two hits, drove in a pair and scored twice, and Eric Yang doubled in two runs.

The Stingers remain atop the Northwoods League North Division second-half standings at 24-11 with two regular-season games remaining at Thunder Bay, which entered Friday with just nine second-half wins. The Stingers and Border Cats play at 6:35 p.m. Saturday and at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.

The Northwoods League playoffs begin Monday.

Willmar 7,

Rochester 1

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Hitting - Rochester: Christian Robinson 1-3 hr rbi r, Matt Hardy 2-4 ... Willmar: Matt Rudick 2-3 r, Joey Ortiz 0-2 r, Nic Hernandez 1-4 r, John Trousdale 2-4 2b rbi-2 r-2, Tyler Reichenborn 2-4 hr rbi-2 r-2, Eric Yang 1-4 2b rbi-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rochester: Cole Quintanilla (W) 4-4-3-3-2-2, Nick Simak 1-4-4-4-1-1, Erik Edminster 1-0-0-0-1-1, Nate Webb 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Willmar: Noah Fluman (W) 5-4-1-1-1-2, Dylan Oliver 3-2-0-0-1-1, Michael Cartwright 1-0-0-0-2-0

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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