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Northwoods Baseball: Stingers grab sole possession of first

Willmar All-Star shortstop Hunter Dozier fields a ground ball and makes the play for an out at first during the Stingers' 4-3 loss to Waterloo on Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium. Tribune photo by Tom Larson.

WILLMAR -- Waterloo responded with four unanswered runs in the middle of a Northwoods League game to ultimately defeat Willmar 4-3 at Bill Taunton Stadium Sunday night.

The Stingers' offense never really got going against Ty Taylor, who went seven innings in his final start of the season for Waterloo and only allowed one earned run on seven hits.

In the fourth, Michael Suchy reached on an error to begin the inning and Kenny Roberts doubled to left-center field to put the Stingers in front with his 34th RBI this season. It marked the first of two unearned runs Willmar scored against Taylor.

Waterloo took the lead with two runs on two hits in the fifth. Davis Hendrickson singled to score Freddy Villalobos to tie the game and Jason Hockemeyer later scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Nico Zych to give the Bucks a 2-1 advantage.

In the sixth, Waterloo scored twice on two hits again with doubles from Benny Roberts and Sean Borman. All four Bucks runs in the game were charged to Kyle Fischer, who suffered his first loss of the year, allowing three earned runs on six hits in 6.2 innings.

Fischer struck out three and did not walk anybody, but fell to 3-1 on the season. Kody Gorden and Andrew Pulido combined for 2.1 innings of no-hit baseball.

The Stingers threatened in the seventh when Zach Benson walked with one out and Forrestt Allday reached on an error. Max Kuhn singled to bring home Benson and make it a 4-2 contest. Kuhn has four RBIs in his last three games to give him 16 this year and is hitting a team-best .436 in July.

Allday scored when Hunter Dozier reached on an error one batter later. Dozier received credit for his 31st RBI of the summer and the third Waterloo defensive miscue put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first, but an inning-ending double play ended the threat with the Stingers still trailing 4-3.

The Stingers host Waterloo today for another 7:05 p.m. game at Bill Taunton Stadium.

NOTES: The league announced Friday the rosters for the All-Star Game that will be played next Tuesday in Madison, Wis. Representing the Stingers will be first baseman Michael Suchy, shortstop Hunter Dozier, and right-handed pitchers Brady Anderson and Mitch McCrummen.