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Northwoods League: Stingers close in on 1st-place Duluth

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers pulled within a half-game of first-place Duluth with a 9-6 Northwoods League win on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

The Stingers won on Minnesota Twins Night, which featured a visit by former Twins manager Tom Kelly and the team's mascot, TC Bear.

The Stingers socred seven runs in the fourth inning to erase a one-run deficit, then held on as the Huskies rallied briefly in the ninth, scoring three runs before Willmar relievers Andrew Pulido and Brady Anderson closed up the game.

Stinger outfield Forrestt Allday set the Northwoods League record for walks when he led off the game with his 61st free pass of the season. Allday walked two more times in the game.

Michael Suchy was 3-for-5 and drove in two runs, and Max Kuhn was 2-for-3 and scored twice.

Hunter Dozier doubled in two runs and Mitch Rowan and Brennan Moore had RBIs, Moore in his debut game with the Stingers. Zach Benson didn't have a hit but drove in a pair of runs.

The Stingers and Huskies conclude a two-game set at 7:05 p.m. today at Taunton Stadium.