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Stingers beat up Border Cats in extras

THUNDER BAY, Ontario — The Willmar Stingers exploded for six runs in the 10th inning and beat the Thunder Bay Border Cats 10-6 on Thursday at Tbaytel Park.

The Stingers improved to 20-6 and are in first place in the Northwoods League North Division. They play at Thunder Bay again 6:05 p.m. today.

Willmar held a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but the Border Cats’ Christian Correa took Stingers’ reliever Matt Geislinger deep for a game-tying, two-run homer, sending the game into the 10th.

Walks from Frankie Rios and Nick Rivera and a single from Reagan Fowler loaded the bases for the Stingers in the top of 10, and Max Ayoub drew a walk to put Willmar back up 5-4.

Two hits and an error later — including a two-run double from Max Dutto — and the Stingers were up 10-4, sending 10 men to the plate in the inning.

The Border Cats’ Robb Paller touched up Geislinger for another two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th, but he limited further damage to seal the victory.

The Stingers first took the lead on a three-run rally in the sixth.

Dan Motl drew a leadoff walk and scored on Frankie Rios’ double.

Fowler then walked, and after a sac bunt, Ayoub walked to fill the bases.

Hutton Moyer followed with an RBI walk, and Jack Ross drove in the inning’s third run on a fielder’s choice.

They scored one more in the seventh on a Fowler sacrifice fly.

Fowler had two hits and scored twice, and Dutto and Ross had two RBI each.

Kurt Yinger started and did not factor into the decision, going six innings and fanning four.

Geislinger notched the win in relief, despite allowing four runs.

Thunder Bay’s Devin McLemore, who pitched the 10th, was the losing pitcher, giving up six runs on two hits and three walks.

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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