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THUNDER BAY, Ontario — Willmar Stingers pitcher Brady Anderson came into Friday’s start with a 0.60 ERA and 25 consecutive scoreless innings.

He began Friday’s game with two more scoreless, but the Thunder Bay Border Cats finally got to him for two runs in the third inning on its way to beating the Stingers 6-5 at Tbaytel Park.

Anderson allowed three more runs before exiting in the seventh inning. He had not surrendered a run since the Stingers’ home opener on May 29 against St. Cloud.

The Stingers squandered two great scoring chances late, leaving the bases loaded in the eighth and stranding men on second and third in the ninth — and still nearly pulled out a win.

Thunder Bay burned through four pitchers in the seventh and eighth, before Lucas Scocchia picked up the save with a messy ninth inning.

Scocchia put runners on first and third with one out, and Reagan Fowler singled to bring in Jack Ross and pull the Stingers within one, but he retired Max Ayoub and Casey Hughston to end the threat and the game.

The Stingers pounded out 12 hits, including two each from Brian Pruett, Nick Rivera and Hughston.

Thunder Bay’s Jordan Serena doubled and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Tyler Rolland had three hits and an RBI.

Nick Studer added two hits and two RBI for the Border Cats.

Winning pitcher Ryan Powers allowed two runs in six innings, striking out six.

The Stingers fell to 20-7 in the Northwoods League North Division and lead second-place Waterloo by half a game.

They return home for a weekend series against Rochester and finish up the first half Monday at Alexandria.

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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