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Stingers out-slug Madison

MADISON, Wis. — The Willmar Stingers busted out of their slump, homering three times to out-slug the Madison Mallards 10-7 on Wednesday at Warner Park.

Marc Flores hit a first-inning grand slam for his team-leading 11th homer, and Michael Suchy and Zack Tillery also went deep for the Stingers.

Madison took a 6-4 lead in the third with six unearned runs off Willmar starter Sheldon Lee.

The Mallards knocked five hits against Lee in the inning, but benefitted from three errors by the Stinger defense.

Willmar took the lead back for good in the fifth with a five-spot thanks to Tillery’s two-run blast and a two-RBI double by Jake Gronsky.

Max Dutto also had an RBI base hit in the inning, and Suchy added one more in the eighth with a solo shot.

Nick Bates earned the win with 2.2 innings of relief.

Cody Hughes got his first save of the season, and Bobby McCormack pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

The Stingers are 10-13 in the second half in the Northwoods League North Division and are 33-25 overall. They play 7:05 p.m. today at Madison.