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Stingers edge Alexandria in 10th to cap first half

ALEXANDRIA — Having already clinched a playoff spot, the Willmar Stingers ended the first half on a high note, taking an extra-inning win over the Alexandria Blue Anchors 6-5 on Monday at Knute Nelson Memorial Park.

Frankie Rios smacked his first home run of the season to put the Stingers up 5-4 in the top of the 10th, and Nick Rivera singled and came around to score on two hits and an error, for what proved to be the winning run.

The Blue Anchors scored a run off Stingers’ closer Garrett Anderson, but Anderson got Cam Duzenack to fly out with the bases loaded and two outs to end the game.

The Stingers scored three in the first thanks to Rivera’s RBI double and Casey Hughston’s two-run single.

Matt Geislinger picked up his second win in four days with two scoreless innings of relief.

Austin Klein, in his final Stingers’ start of the season, worked seven innings and struck out three in a no-decision.

Rivera was 3-for-4, and Rios and Hughston each had two hits for Willmar.

The Stingers finish the first half 22-8, half a game ahead of the Waterloo Bucks in the Northwoods League North Division.

They open second-half play against the Mankato MoonDogs on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in Willmar at Bill Taunton Stadium.