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Bobb pitches gem, Stingers split twin bill with Huskies

DULUTH — Abe Bobb pitched his second complete game of the season and helped the Willmar Stingers finish off the Duluth Huskies in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Wade Stadium.

The Stingers dropped Game 2 7-5 in a seven-inning game.

With the Waterloo Bucks winning their game, the Stingers fell to 22-12 and 1.5 games out of first place in the Northwoods League North Division.

Willmar plays 6:35 p.m. today at Duluth.

Bobb’s gem began with three scoreless innings Friday at Duluth but was suspended until Tuesday due to rain. He picked up right where left off, finishing the remaining six with three hits and one run allowed.

The righthander out of San Francisco leads the Stingers with 33 innings pitched and has a 1.36 ERA.

Stingers’ second baseman Jake Gronsky homered in the Friday portion of the game to give Bobb a 1-0 lead.

Willmar added three in the fifth on a Max Dutto RBI single and a two-run single off the bat of Colton Bottomley.

Marc Flores supplied a two-run double in the ninth and was 3-for-5.

In Game 2, Duluth rudely greeted Willmar starter Josh Matheson with two hits and four runs, knocking Matheson from the game without recording an out.

One run was unearned, thanks to two Willmar errors in the inning.

The Stingers tied 5-5 in the fifth on a Zack Tillery infield single to drive in Chris Barnett, who had walked.

Duluth took the lead right back, loading the bases off Stinger reliever Sheldon Lee, who then issued a walk to Kyle Teaf to drive in the eventual winning run.

Alec Sole, Marc Flores and Danny Brennan each had two hits, with both of Flores’ going for doubles.