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Stingers upend Duluth

DULUTH — Hutton Moyer and Nick Rivera each drove in two runs as part of a four-run rally, and the Willmar Stingers beat the Duluth Huskies 6-4 on Monday at Wade Stadium.

The first-half champion Stingers improved to 3-3 in the Northwoods League North Division second half, and are tied with Duluth and Waterloo for third place.

Trailing 4-1 early, the Stingers put together a fifth-inning rally plating four runs.

Troy Kuhn and Sean Beesley led off with back-to-back singles and Dan Motl walked to load the bases for Moyer, who singled to drive in two.

Reagan Fowler grounded out to advance the runners and Rivera followed with a two-run double to give the Stingers a 5-4 lead.

They added one more in the seventh on Brett Barbier’s sacrifice fly to score Fowler.

The Stingers cobbled together four relief pitchers who combined to pitch the full nine innings — Ben Gullo started and pitched two innings, winning pitcher Brantley Claunch three, Matt Geislinger three, and Brady Anderson took the ninth for the save.

Rivera, Kuhn and Beesley each had two hits, and Dan Motl was 1-for-3 with his 14th stolen base — good for third in the league. 

The Stingers return home today after a five-game road trip, hosting Waterloo 7:05 p.m. today.