Northwoods League: Stingers top Duluth in 10th
DULUTH, Minn. -- Duluth second baseman Austin Dubberly misplayed a ground ball with two outs in the 10th inning allowing the go-ahead run to score and the Willmar Stingers rallied past Duluth 5-4 on Monday in Duluth.
Mitch Rowan hit a one-out double in the 10th, and after a Hunter Dozier walk, Michael Suchy hit a grounder to second that Dubberly couldn't handle, and Rowan crossed the plate.
The Stingers improved to 6-7 and are in fourth place in the Northwoods League North Division. They play 7:05 p.m. today at Duluth.
Stingers' starter Andrew Pulido matched zeroes with Duluth starter Joey Webb through the first four innings.
Willmar broke through in the fifth on an RBI-double by Max Kuhn, but Duluth took the lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI-triple by Conor Szczerba and a Paul Karmeris sacrifice fly.
The Stingers took the lead in the seventh when Kenny Roberts led off with a walk. Steven Brault singled and Logan Allen was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Greg Fettes followed with a sacrifice fly to score Roberts. With Max Kuhn at bat, Allen stole second and the Duluth catcher threw the ball into center field, allowing Brault to score. Allen scored the go-ahead run on a Rowan single.
Trailing 4-3 in the ninth, the Huskies put together a two-out rally to tie it up against Willmar reliever Brady Anderson and send the game into extras.
Anderson returned to pitch the bottom of the 10th, and picked up the win with a scoreless frame.
Pulido went seven innings, striking out six and allowing three runs. Scott Lieser pitched one inning of scoreless relief.
Duluth outhit Willmar 12-5, but the Stingers took advantage of four walks by the Huskies' pitching staff and three errors by the defense.