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Beetles slip past Stingers, 8-5

(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Mitch Rowan of the Willmar Stingers dives safely back to first base during the second inning as Will Fulmer of the Alexandria Beetles waits for the pickoff throw at Baker Field on Wednesday evening in Willmar.

WILLMAR -- So long for long for now to the Beetles. Bring on the River Bats.

The Alexandria team left Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday with an 8-5 victory over the Willmar Stingers in Northwoods League baseball.

The Beetles won the series 2-1 coupling the win on Baker Field last night with a 3-1 win Tuesday up in Alexandria.

Last night before 733 fans at the park, the Beetles (4-4) scored four runs in the second and four more in the eighth inning.

The key to the inning, which snuffed a 5-4 Stinger edge, was a pinch-hit, two-run double off the bat of Mike LeViseur.

Mike Jahns, who relieved Willmar starter Kody Gordon in the fifth, took the loss.

Jordan Smith pitched the ninth, walking one and striking out two.

Shawn Riesgraf, out of St. Cloud State, got the win in short relief. He was the second of four Beetles to pitch.

Willmar, dropping to 3-5, was outhit 11-9. Rob Elliot, at the top of the order, got two hits to go with three Tuesday and raise his average to .231 after starting the summer 1-for-17.

Jake Stinnett supplied RBI singles his first two at bats and John Haberman also had two hits.

After being down early 4-1, Willmar battled back to take the lead 5-4 scoring an unearned run in the sixth.

The Stingers will take on the St. Cloud River Bats on Baseball Bat Night presented by Perkins Lumber. The first 300 kids 14 years of age and under will receive a full-sized 28" Stingers baseball bat. Gates open at 6 p.m.