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Stingers rally past Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa — An error and a wild pitch brought the go-ahead run home in the top of the ninth and the Willmar Stingers won their second straight against the Waterloo Bucks 4-3 on Thursday at Riverfront Stadium.

Max Dutto started the one-out rally with a single to right field off Waterloo reliever Steve Maher.

Dutto was erased on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Michael Suchy, and Suchy took third base when Waterloo shortstop Jake Riffice couldn’t handle a Kyle Perry grounder.

That brought Marc Flores to the plate, and Maher threw a wild pitch to bring home Suchy.

Stingers’ closer Bret Dahlson ran into some trouble in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with two walks and a single, but he struck out Marcos Calderon to end the game.

Willmar also scored in the third on a Dutto groundout, and in the sixth on a Nick Halamandaris single that got past center fielder Calderon allowing Kyle Perry to score from second.

The Bucks took the lead off T.J. Whidby in the sixth, but the Stingers came right back in the seventh and tied it 3-3 on a Colton Bottomley single.

Bobby McCormack pitched 0.1 innings in relief but was the pitcher of record when the Stingers took the lead and notched his second win of the season.

The Stingers improved to 7-7 in the Northwoods League North Division. They are still in line for a playoff spot, since their 30-19 overall record is second-best in the division, 1.5 games ahead of the third-place Duluth Huskies.

Willmar returns home today and will play at 7:05 p.m. against the Mankato MoonDogs at Bill Taunton Stadium.

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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