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NWL Baseball: Weary Stingers play into Monday but lose

WILLMAR – The Willmar Stingers rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie their Northwoods League game against the Mankato MoonDogs, then came back again in the 14th inning to keep the ultra-marathon game going.

But all the overtime went for naught.

Mankato scored four runs in the top of the 17th inning and the weary Stingers had no answer this time, falling 18-14 in 17 innings on Sunday/Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

The Stingers fell to 8-9 in the Northwoods League second half and now head into a three day break while the league plays its annual All-Star Game on Tuesday in Eau Claire, Wis.

The MoonDogs scored 13 runs in the first five innings of the game, then went eight innings without a run. Willmar rallied in the ninth to tie the game at 13-13.

Both teams scored runs in the 14th inning to keep the game going.

By the time the game ended at 12:36 a.m. Monday, the teams had played 6 hours, 28 minutes of baseball.

The teams combined to score 32 runs on 41 hits.

The teams combined for 139 at bats, with Mankato’s Zack Zehner recording 10 at bats. Two other MoonDogs had nine at bats and another had eight.

The Stingers’ Kyle Perry had 9 at bats, one other Stinger had eight and four had seven at bats.

Each team used seven pitchers, who combined to throw 630 pitches (Stingers 341 and the MoonDogs 289)  

Tom Larson

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

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