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St. Cloud holds off Stingers

WILLMAR — The Willmar Stingers rallied, but came up just short, stranding the tying run on second base to end the game and lost to the St. Cloud Rox 6-5 on Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Stingers’ starter Zack Tillery had his second straight poor outing, surrendering six runs in 4.2 innings.

The Rox took a 3-1 lead in the third, stringing together three hits and a walk. The Stingers tied it in the bottom of the third on Max Kuhn’s two-run double, but the Rox came right back with three more in the fourth on a bases-loaded triple off the bat of Bradley Strong.

Willmar made it 6-5 in the seventh on RBI-doubles by Marc Flores and Kuhn, but couldn’t push the tying run across as Brian Olson grounded out to end the inning.

They had another chance to tie in the ninth when Kuhn hit a one-out double, his fourth of the game. Logan Moon pinch ran, but was stranded when Rox’ closer Adam Maxon retired Nick Halamandaris and Colton Bottomley to end the game.

The Stingers are now 4-6 and are in fifth place in the Northwoods League North Division. They head to St. Cloud for a 7:05 p.m. game today at Joe Faber Field.

Saturday’s result

Stingers 5, Honkers 3

ROCHESTER — Colton Bottomley’s two-run single keyed a seventh-inning rally to help the Willmar Stingers overtake the Rochester Honkers on Saturday at Mayo Field.

With the Stingers trailing 3-2, Alec Sole led off the seventh with a walk. He went to third on a bunt and a groundout and scored the tying run on Marc Flores’ double.

Max Kuhn and Nick Halamandaris followed with back-to-back walks, which brought Bottomley to the plate, who knocked a single to center to score Flores and Kuhn.

T.J. Whidby tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in relief to earn the win, and Bret Dahlson pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.