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Northwoods League: Stingers split series with Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY, Ontario -- Three-run doubles by Steve Talbott and Hunter Dozier helped Willmar plate nine runs in the first inning and cruise to a 14-2 victory at Thunder Bay on Sunday.

In a first inning that featured eight walks and a hit batter along with Talbott's and Dozier's doubles, Willmar scored nine runs on only two hits. Every starter touched the plate once in the inning to take a nine-run lead before Thunder Bay had a chance to bat. Zach Benson and Forrestt Allday each earned an RBI in the frame on bases-loaded walks.

The Stingers improved to 5-7 and are in fourth place in the Northwoods League North Division. They play 7:05 p.m. today at Duluth.

Jerad McCrummen earned his first victory of the year after allowing one earned run on six hits in seven innings while striking out two.

Leading 9-0, Mitch Rowan singled in the fifth inning to score JD Dorgan and Logan Allen. Allen finished the game with three runs scored.

The Stingers tacked on a run in the eighth with back-to-back doubles by Michael Suchy and Steven Brault.

Saturday's result

Thunder Bay 7, Willmar 5

Anthony Consiglio struggled in his first start of 2012, allowing seven runs in 1/3 innings pitched, and the Stingers fell to Thunder Bay 7-5.

Steven Brault, Mark Lukowski and Josh Hoekstra combined for 8-2/3 innings of scoreless relief, but the Stingers' offense couldn't erase the early deficit.

Hunter Dozier had two hits and an RBI and Steve Talbott drove in two.

Forrestt Allday walked five times.