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Stingers outlast River Bats, 6-4

ST. CLOUD -- The Willmar Stingers swept the St. Cloud River Bats in a two-game home-and-home series by defeating the River Bats 6-4 at Joe Faber Field on Friday night.

The Stingers were led by starting pitcher Anthony Consiglio, who went six scoreless innings allowing only three hits and striking out three along the way.

Consiglio, a freshman from Western Nevada College, is now 2-0 on the season with a 0.00 ERA.

The River Bats were held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth where they plated four runs.

The Stingers had another strong offensive night, belting out 13 hits, including a three-hit performance by second-year Stingers Anthony Bemboom and Eduardo Gonzalez. Both Bemboom and Gonzalez went 3 for 5 with an RBI apiece.

The Stingers return home for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch, hosting the Rochester Honkers, the first of a three-game set.

The Stingers improved to 5-5 and settled into fourth place in the North Division of the Northwoods League.

The River Bats are in the cellar -- ninth place -- at 2-8.

Also thriving at the plate on Friday for Willmar were Jarid Scarafiotti, Sean Dwyer and Anthony Hincy with two hits apiece.

John Haberman followed Consiglio with two perfect innings, but the River Bats uncorked against Dan Russell for four hits and three earned runs in the bottom of the ninth before Jason West came in to get the save. West put out the fire by getting the last two outs.