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Northwoods League: Stingers come up short in Duluth

DULUTH -- The Willmar Stingers' ninth-inning rally came up short as they dropped their third straight game with a 4-2 loss to the Duluth Huskies on Thursday in Duluth.

Willmar fell to 16-13 and fourth place in the Northwoods League North Division. They face the Huskies again 7:05 p.m. today in Duluth.

The Stingers, shut down through eight innings by Duluth pitchers Max MacNabb and Jake Nystrom, broke through against closer Nate Carter when Mitch Rowan and Corben Green hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the ninth.

With Michael Suchy at bat, Carter balked to allow Rowan to score and one pitch later uncorked a wild pitch that plated Green.

But Suchy struck out and Steven Brault grounded out to first to end the game.

Duluth scored two in the third off Willmar starter George Asmus on RBI groundouts by Austin Dubberly and Brian Hansen. They added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to build a 4-0 lead.

Asmus took the loss, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out three, and MacNabb earned the win with six innings of scoreless ball.

Suchy and J.D. Dorgan each had two hits for the Stingers.