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NWL Baseball: Anderson channels Orel in Stingers' victory

Tribune Staff Report

ST. CLOUD — Willmar’s Brady Anderson must be channeling his inner Orel Hershiser.

The Stingers’ ace ran his scoreless innings streak to 24, working a complete game in a 6-0 win over St. Cloud on Wednesday at Joe Faber Field.

Anderson has not allowed a run since the fifth inning of his first start, a no-decision on May 29.

Since then, he’s 3-0 and he’s fifth in the Northwoods League with a 0.62 earned-run average.

The victory was the Stingers’ ninth in 10 games and they are 16-5 and lead the NWL North Division by two games over Mankato (15-8).

The Stingers open — hopefully, given recent weather and field conditions — a three game homestand against St. Cloud at 7:05 p.m. today at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Anderson is not quite halfway to the 59 scoreless innings Hershiser threw in 1988, which is the major league record.

But he’s plenty good for the Stingers, who have won three straight shutouts in his last three starts.

Anderson went eight innings in an 7-0 win over Duluth on June 4, and he worked seven in a 3-0 win at Waterloo on June 10.

The Stingers gave him good run support once again on Wednesday.

David Parrett and Casey Hughston singled and later both scored on Brian Pruett’s double in the Stingers’ three-run fourth inning. Alex Borglin also drove in a run with a ground out.

Willmar struck for two more runs in the sixth. Hughston, Parrett and Pruett all walked and Borglin singled to drive in one runs. Dan Motl drove in the other run on a fielders choice.

Familiar names produced another run in the ninth. Motl was hit by a pitch and Sean Beesley drew a walk. Hughston then ripped a two-out double that brought home Motl.

Pruett was 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs and Hughston also had two hits and drove in a pair. Borglin also drove in two runs.

Parrett had one hit and scored twice.

The six runs were way more than Anderson needed.

He completed the game on just 103 pitches, 70 of which were strikes.